As I aid before the object of the game is to have a hand closer
in value to 21 than the banker, but not over 21. The hands of
the other players have no effect on your bet, other than you take
hem into account if you are using a card counting strategy, see
Odds page for more information.
The values of the cards in Blackjack are as follows 2-10 face
value, picture card 10, ace 1 or 11.
Bets are placed in a circle or square on the table after which
each player and the banker are dealt 2 cards, in a shoe game the
players cards and the bankers first card are dealt face up. The
shoe can contain anywhere from 1 to 6 decks of cards (without
jokers) again check before you play the number of cards can affect
the odds, plastic marker is inserted about two-thirds of the way
from the start when this point is reached the cards are reshuffled.
You are not allowed to touch you cards in a shoe game and in a
hand held game you may only use one hand (the cards having been
dealt face down) and you must keep the cards over the table. After
these initail cards have been dealt each player starting with
the one to the dealers left in turn plays his hand, the players
Stand - if the player does not
want to to take another card he can stand play then moves on to
the next player.
- Hit - the player can request one or more further
cards to increase his total score if exceeds 21 however he is 'bust'
- Double - the rules on doubling vary arround the
world but some form is usually allowed, to do this you buy a card
by placing another bet next to his original of equal value to it,
after which you will be dealt another card. Assuming the value of
the cards is 21 or less play continues with the other players until
a comparision is made with the dealers hand. In British casinos you
are usually only allowed to double if your two first cards have a
total value of 9, 10 or 11 and not if one of them is an ace, this
is partly to prevent a player from making a bad descision, but as
stated above rules on doubling do vary arround the world in some countries
the value of the second bet may be any value up to the original bet.
- Splitting - if the first two cards are a pair then
the player is allowed to split them into two seperate hands and ad
another stake equal to the original. Each new hand then recieves a
second card from the dealer and is then played seperately, the players
options are as before stand, hit, double or split. Once again there
are variations arround the world in he USA for example you are usually
only allowed to split four times and you may only recieve one card
on an ace, in Britain you usually may not split fours, fives or tens.
The Dealers actions - the dealer follows a simple
set of rules if the value of his hand is sixteen or less he continues
to take cards until sixteen is exceeded, if in so doing he exceeds
twentyone he is bust.
Comparison of Hands - after all hands have been
played the dealers and each players final hands are compared and bets
are paid or collected as shown below:-
- Bust Hands - all players whose hands exceed 21 loose even
if the dealer bust.
- Blackjacks - if any player has a Blackjack or Natural (21
total with two cards, ace plus picture or ten) then he is paid at
odds of three to two unless the dealer also has a Blackjack in which
case the bet is a stand-off and only the original stake is returned.
- Other Totals - if he dealer went bust then all players
with a final total of 21 or less are paid at evens, otherwise the
players total is compared with the dealers and if the player has the
higher score he wins, if the scores are equal then it is again a stand-off
and the players bet is returned.
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