Blackjack rules for beginners
Blackjack is one of the least complicated gambling games. There is a fixed set of rules, basic strategies that can be applied in almost any situation. Unfortunately, many novices are afraid to play because they believe that Blackjack requires exceptional mathematical skills. In fact, this is not the case.
The goal of playing blackjack
Blackjack is played against the dealer. Therefore, the main goal is to collect a combination of cards that exceeds the dealer’s hand, but without too much. The best hand has 21 points. Any combination that has more than 21 points is automatically dropped.
Please note that you do not always have to collect 21 points to beat the dealer. All you need to do is to have a hand with more points than the dealer’s total points.
Blackjack card values…
All face cards (King, Lady, and Jack) bring 10 points. An Ace can cost both 1 and 11 points, depending on which value is more advantageous at the moment. The cost of other cards is equal to their numerical value. For example, 3 spades will bring you 3 points and 6 clubs will bring you 6 points. The suit of the cards has nothing to do with their value.
The main actions in blackjack
Hit (more) – please add one more card to your hand. You can ask for as many cards as you like, as long as their sum is more or equal to 21.
Stand (enough) – this tells the dealer that you will not give out any more cards.
Double Down – you double your initial bet, but after that, you will receive only one card in the subsequent hand.
Split – if you have received cards of equal value at a give-up, you can split them into two hands. To split the cards, you must double your initial bet. Later on, you will receive a card for each hand from the dealer. Sometimes Blackjack has restrictions on splitting cards. For example, some variations prohibit you from splitting fives or splitting your hands more than four times.
Surrender – After the initial hand, you can choose to continue the game or give up and take half of the initial bet. Unfortunately, not all blackjack options offer the player the option to give up.