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What are the rules in blackjack?

What are the rules in blackjack?


The object of Blackjack is for the total of your cards to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards, without exceeding 21. In Blackjack, aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value. If you receive an ace and a ten-value card as your first two cards, you have Blackjack and win 150% of your original bet (if you bet $10, you get $25 back). If the total value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, you win 100% of your original bet (if you bet $10, you get $20 back). If the total of your cards is more than 21, you “bust” and lose your bet. If you and the dealer have the same card total (17 and up) neither of you win and your bet is returned to you in a “push”. Blackjack is an ace with either a ten, jack, queen, or king on the first 2 cards. An ace with a face card after a split will only count as 21, not blackjack. Since an ace can count as a 1 or 11, any hand where the ace is acting as an 11 is a “soft” hand. Ex: ace plus 5 is soft 16. If you hit the soft 16 and get a 10, you now have a “hard” 16.

Player Options: These rules vary from casino to casino. It’s how the casinos change the odds.


Split

If your first two cards have the same point value, you may split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You then proceed to draw cards. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand. Some casinos let you resplit a split hand, some don’t. Also, many casino’s will only give you one card after splitting aces. If you receive an ace and a ten-value card in a split hand, it is counted as 21 and not Blackjack.

Double

After you are dealt two cards, and think that another card will allow you to beat the dealer’s hand, you can increase your bet by an amount up to your original bet or “double” your bet. Your wager is doubled, and you are allowed to receive one more card. Some casinos will allow you to double after a split, and some casinos will limit the point totals for doubling only on hard 9,10, and 11’s.

Insurance

Insurance is a suckers bet and we NEVER recommend it under any circumstances. We’ll tell you how it works, but don’t recommend it. Insurance allows you to try and protect yourself when you think that the dealer may have Blackjack. When buying insurance, you place half of your initial bet by pressing the Insurance button. If the dealer does have Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance bet. If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, you lose your insurance bet.

What are the odds in blackjack?


The odds in blackjack vary with the rules of the game. They can vary anywhere from being in the players favor by 1% to the dealers favor by 2.5%. You should understand that the better the odds are, the more likely your chances of winning.
How are the odds determined? The odds depend on a number of factors. We will list each factor and state how in influences the game. The overall odds of particularcasinos can be seen on the blackjack strategy cards.

Factors:

Number of Decks: The more decks the casino uses, the lower your odds. This is because it lowers the odds of you getting a blackjack. 1 deck blackjack is the players best option usually (be careful to look at the other rules, too.)
Dealer soft 17’s: Better odds if dealer stays on soft 17’s, worse if dealer hit’s soft 17’s.
Double after Splits: Better for you if the casino allows you to double after splits. This rule may change your strategy because you may decide not to split a pair if you can’t double after a split.
Number of Splits: All casinos will let you split at least once. Some will let you split up to 4 times. The more times the casino lets you split, the better odds you have.
Doubling: Some casinos let you double any 2 initial cards, while some may limit you to doubles on 9.10, adn 11 only. Better for you if you can double any 2 cards.
Split Aces: Most casinos give you one more card on split aces and that’s it. They won’t give you a choice of hitting. Some casinos will let you hit after splitting aces. A very valuable rule to find.
Surrender: Surrender allows a player with a poor hand to give up half of his/her bet and be counted out of the game and keeps half of the wager. Surrender can only be requested on the first 2 cards. Surrender is termed Late surrender if the surrender bet is valid after the dealer checks for blackjack. The dealer still collects the whole bet with a blackjack in Late Surrender. Early Surrender is a rare rule which we have never seen online. Early surrender allows a player to keep half the bet even if the dealer has blackjack.

 


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