Blackjack is one of the more simple games in a casino. While players can win a lot of money playing the game, the rules are fairly basic. There are some variations that will be found in different casinos, but the basic rules will remain the same. The object of the game is for the player to achieve a hand that totals greater than the hand of the dealer without going over 21. When playing, the dealer is the only opponent. Players will not be playing against each other at the table.
There are a few discussions that players will have to make during play. While these decisions can be made based on a particular strategy, players are free to make any decisions they wish in regards to their hands. The first thing to do is consider the cards the player is holding and the card that is shown by the dealer. If the player goes over 21, they will bust and will lose the game.
When the game begins, one card is dealt to all players face up and the dealer will receive a card face down. This is referred to as the “hole” card. A second card is dealt to players, also face up and the dealer will receive a face up card as well. Play will begin with the player to the left of the dealer. Each player will have a chance to decide on drawing additional cards or playing what they have in their hand.
Once all players have made their decision, the dealer will draw cards to complete their hand. If players have a hand that is higher than the dealer, they will win. If the dealer busts, all players will win. Should players have a tie with the dealer, this is called a push and there will be no loss or win on the bet that was placed.
These are the basic rules. Players should know that the Ace in Blackjack can represent either 1 or 11, whichever will benefit the players' hand the most. All face cards will be worth 10 points and other cards retain their numerical face value.
If a player has an Ace and a face card, they will have a Blackjack. This will pay one and one half times the amount of the wager. Players will automatically win with a Blackjack unless the dealer also has Blackjack. Should the dealer have Blackjack, all players will lose their bets unless they also have the same hand.
While player rules are pretty basic, the dealer will also have to play by a set of rules. Players need to understand these rules as well as they do play an important role in the game. When the dealer has 16 or less in the hand, they are required to hit, meaning they must take a card. The dealer must stand on anything 17 or higher. Knowing these rules will help players determine how they will play their own hand, weighing the possibility of the dealer busting if they have to take cards.