Blackjack Rules

Blackjack is a very common gambling card game and one of the reasons why it is that way is because of its ease of playing and learning. Hence, it is safe to say that to a newbie, blackjack rules should be easily digested.
A game of blackjack generally consists of one dealer and a few players. The dealer initiates the game by dealing out two cards to each player including him/herself. All the cards are dealt faced down except for the dealer’s whereby the first card is faced down whereas the second is faced up for all to see. One of the blackjack rules require the card faced down is known as the hole card. This only applies to the American blackjack rules. European blackjack rules do not involve drawing a hole card until all players have completed.
The main objective of the game is to form a hand with a value as close to 21 as you can get without going above that. This can be done by drawing cards during your turn. Of course, getting 21 is even better and the best hand in the game is a two-card hand with the value 21 which is only obtainable with the combination of an ace and a card with the value of 10 whereby aces count for 1 or 11 depending on how it would suit in the hand and all face cards are equivalent to 10. This hand is simply known as blackjack. All players are betting and playing against the dealer and the better hand (with value closer to 21) wins.


There are several ways to approach the game apart from just picking cards. Of course, that is the way almost always used and it is known as hitting. Other common move is termed as stand which means to keep your hand as it is and end your turn. For risk takers, there are ways to up the wager and the first one is to simply double down. This can only be done when no cards have been drawn yet. According to the Blackjack rules, when a player chooses to do this, he or she doubles the wager and then draws only one card and the turn ends there. Another way to double your wager is to split whenever dealt with a hand containing two cards of the same rank. By splitting, the two cards become first cards for two different hands with each hand having a wager equal in amount to the wager of the original hand hence betting double the original amount.

Back to where the dealer has one card faced up and the other down, whenever the card faced up happens to be an ace, logic will tell you that the chances are high for the dealer to obtain blackjack. The Blackjack rules however, allow you to buy insurance whenever this occurs. It is some sort like a side bet to help you lessen your losses should the dealers hand really turn out to be blackjack. In this case, you are betting that the hidden card contains a card with the value 10 and should you be right, you will be paid on the odds of 2 to 1. You will only be right if the dealer really gets blackjack and by winning that side bet your losses are absorbed.