Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world, thanks in part to being easy to learn and the fact it offers the fairest odds to the players. The following is a simple guide that will help you get started and winning cash in real money games!
The aim of the game is to try and be dealt a hand that equals twenty-one without going over, or bust to give it the official term. Each card is worth the numerical value shown on it, so a three of hearts is worth three whilst the nine of clubs is worth nine. Jacks, Queens and Kings are each worth ten but Aces are special in that they can be worth one or eleven depending on how you wish to use them.
Each player places their bet before they receive cards and once they have done so the dealer deals each player, in a clockwise direction, one card each face-up, including himself. He then deals each of the players another card face-up and himself one face-down.
If any of the players have been dealt an Ace with a Jack, Queen or King, they have a natural blackjack and unless the dealer also has a natural blackjack, the player will be paid out immediately. If the dealer also has a natural blackjack then the player neither wins or loses, they simply receive their bets back.
Another way to attempt to reach twenty-one is to ask for another card or “hit.” A player may continue to ask for more cards until they have either reached twenty-one, have come as close to twenty-one as they feel comfortable or has gone over twenty-one and therefore “bust.”
On occasion a player will be dealt two cards that are the same, such as a pair of fours or eights. In this instance a player may “split” their hand and then 789bet login attempt to reach twenty-one with both of their hands. A player may also ask to “double” in which case they pay another bet and receive only one more card in their attempt to make twenty-one.
Most casinos state the dealer must stand if his cards total seventeen and must continue to draw cards until he reaches this number. This means if a dealer’s cards total sixteen, he must draw at least one more card in order to pass the seventeen point mark. If the dealer goes over twenty-one he loses and has to pay the player, but if his stands on twenty-one or less then he pays out any player that has a better score than him and collects any bets from players who do not. Any player who ties with the dealer simply receives their bets back as they are in a “standoff” with the dealer.
So there you have it, the basics have been covered and you are ready to roll. Don’t forget that you can try out our fantastic range of Blackjack games in Practice mode before you play for real money.