Blackjack goes by another name, 21, and is one of the most popular card games in the world. When you play blackjack, the goal is to get close or get to 21 without busting. Your opponent is the dealer, and you do not compete with other players.
There are different versions of blackjack, but the goal remains the same. It is a fast game, and if you play your cards right, you can walk away from the tables a winner. But, of course, getting a good hand takes knowing the basics. Ready? Here is Blackjack for Beginners, a quick tutorial.
Blackjack for Beginners
- Place your bet. Your first bet is also your final bet, and you cannot add or reduce it unless the game allows Doubling Down. After placing your bet, you get two face-up cards. The dealer will also give himself two cards but one will be face down and the other is face up.
- Calculate your total. After calculating, you decide whether to “Hit” or “Stand.” Hit means you want more cards. Stand, on the other hand, means you are happy with your hand total. A hit can have two outcomes: you get the cards you need to get 21, or a “blackjack,” or you go over 21. When you go over 21, this is a “Bust.”
- The split. You can choose to “Split” if you get identical cards and form two hands. The two hands will have the same value of your original bet. Some versions of blackjack will allow you to split. If you get an Ace, you can split it into some versions, but you can only hit once. If you get a ten-value card, it will be treated like an average win and you will get even money—but not a Blackjack.
- Note: If you are playing a multi-hand blackjack game, you can place bets on more than one blackjack hand. If it is a multi-hand game, you play each hand separately.
Now you are ready to flip those cards and ace the tables without letting anyone notice you are a newbie. After reading this tutorial, be sure to practice. In time, you are sure to get a knack for knowing when to hit and stand while avoiding a bust.