How to Play Blackjack


Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games played today and is easy to learn. It is a game of strategy and not luck and it can be played at home or on the go with your friends.

The objective of the game is to beat the dealer by scoring 21 or as close to 21 as possible without going over. A hand that exceeds the dealer’s total is called a push and the player retains their bet. If the player and dealer have the same total, it is called a tie and the player wins.

How to Play

To start the game, all players make their bets and place them on the table, which is separated by a semicircular screen. The dealer, who stands behind the table and chip rack, holds the deck of cards. The dealer’s job is to check the cards for a blackjack and make the appropriate decisions regarding play.

Before the game begins, all players should read the rules and make sure they understand them. They should also know the odds of winning and losing. There are several options available for players to play the game, including surrender, pair splitting, doubling down and hitting and standing.

Insurance: If you are unsure about the dealer’s hole card, you can buy insurance for an amount equal to your original wager. This is a great way to reduce your chances of losing your bet. However, insurance is a bad bet for anyone who does not have any estimation (for example through card counting) of the dealer’s hole card.

Double Down: If you have a hand that is worth a lot of money, such as a pair of aces or a 10 against the dealer’s upcard, you can double down on your hand. This increases your chance of winning by a percentage point and you’ll only lose if the dealer has a blackjack.

The best thing about doubling down is that you don’t have to stand on your hand and the dealer can’t call your bust. The only disadvantage is that you will only get one more card and your hand might be weaker than before.

Hit: If you have a hand that is likely to win, such as a 12 with a dealer’s upcard of 2 or 3, you should always hit. There is a 5% chance that you will bust if you hit and it’s a good idea to consider hitting for any additional card that is added to your hand.

Surrender: If you are unsure of whether your hand is likely to win, you can surrender it and half of your bet will be returned to you. This is a great way to keep your bet from going too far and it’s a good way to avoid being tied with the dealer in case the dealer does have a blackjack.

A blackjack is when a player’s first two cards are an ace and a “ten-card” (a picture card or 10). The dealer can check for this by looking at their hole card. If they have a ten underneath, this is a natural and the dealer pays the player one and a half times their original bet.