Blackjack Rules

By: Cecelia Calista    

Blackjack rules in motion

Blackjack rules in gameplay

Blackjack is an extremely popular game played in casinos worldwide. Blackjack games are also very popular with online card players. The aim of blackjack is simple; get a hand that is closer to 21 than the dealer's hand.

What each card is worth is the number printed on the cards already. Picture cards, however, are valued at 10 and aces can be played as a 1 or an 11 depending on how they will benefit your hand.

Rules of the game
The game begins by placing a bet, and receiving two cards. Players have their cards face down. Dealers will have one of their cards facing upright, and another face down. This allows you to estimate whether or not you think your hand can beat the dealers. Players can request more cards in an effort to get closer to 21 with a 'hit'.  However, if you go over 21, this will be a 'bust' and will result in automatically losing the game and the bet placed.

The dealer must 'hit' if both of his cards come to a less than 17. If the dealer's cards equal to 17 or more, then he is required to stand (taking no more cards). A 'soft 17' which will be an ace and another number that totals 17 means that the, depending upon the casino, dealers may be allowed to hit or stand. In the case of the dealer being 'bust', he will lose to all players whose cards are 21 or below. In games where there are no 'busts' then whoever is closest to 21 wins.

In the case of ties where both the dealer and a player have 21, a 'standoff' occurs. This means that the player will receive their bet back, there is no win or lose in a 'standoff'.

'Blackjack' (a picture card, valued at 10 and an ace, valued at 11) is the highest hand that can be dealt in Blackjack. When a player is dealt 'blackjack' they win automatically. The only time the player with a 'blackjack' will not automatically win is if the dealer also has 'blackjack'. This will simply result in a 'standoff'.

Other rules to Blackjack
If the dealer has an 'ace' as their card that is face up, players can make a bet on the side, referred to as an 'insurance'. This buys them protection against the dealer, if the dealer gets 21. 'Insurance' requires the player to place additional chips, half of the original bet. This means if the dealer does have 'blackjack', the player will be paid out 2:1 on the insurance. Players lose their initial bet however. In the case of the dealer not having 'blackjack' the player's 'insurance' bet is lost and normal game play resumes.

If the dealer has 'blackjack', they win against everyone, apart from the players that too have 'blackjack'.

There is also the option to 'double down' offered by some casinos. When the player's hand is a certain value they can double their stake, and receive another card. Players then must stand with whatever they have been dealt.

Players that are dealt a pair on their opening hand, are allowed to split their hand into two. 'Splitting' gives players the chance to double their stake and play two hands, giving them more chance of winning.


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