The Workings of Blackjack

Blackjack: It’s a very popular casino game, probably only second in popularity to poker. I’m sure many of you have heard of it, but do you know how to play it? Well, in all honesty, if you don’t know how to play, it’s not that hard to pick it up. Read on for the guide to how blackjack works.

Blackjack is also known as 21 and for a very good reason. That’s because the objective of the game is to get 21 points to win. To get 21 points, one must get as close to 21 as possible from the two cards they have been dealt initially by the dealer. In order to get better at winning there are strategies you can devise, and there are plenty of experts willing to give advice and tips.

Most of the card’s points are determined by their number (whether they are a face card or a number card) – i.e., if you receive a 10, that is worth 10 points. Jacks, Kings, and Queens are also worth 10 points. An ace can be worth 1 or 11, and if you receive an ace, you can decide what the value of the card should be.

As stated, every player initially receives two cards, clockwise from the dealer, face down, except the dealer, who receives the second card face up. After everyone has received their initial two cards, the dealer will then turn his other card over and if the total is over 16, her or she must take another card. After this, if no-one has called blackjack (21 points), the dealer will ask you if want another card (you don’t have to accept if you don’t want it, you can ‘sit’ on the cards you have).

The interesting thing is that the competitors in blackjack are not competing against each other; they are actually competing against the dealer. If the dealer goes bust (i.e. they go over 21) everyone else wins! If this happens to you, don’t worry, everyone takes a turn as the dealer.