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Learn Blackjack in Under 5 Minutes

Aug 14, 2008
Have you ever been to a casino and wanted to play blackjack, but you just didn't know the rules? If that is so, you are reading the right article because I'll explain you the rules very quickly.

Blackjack is actually one of the most popular casino games because of it's simplicity. You always play against the dealer and whoever comes closer to 21 points without going exceeding 21 points wins the hand. It doesn't matter to you as a player what the other players on your table show.

One thing you do have to know however is how to calculate point values and you should learn more about the decisions you can make in each blackjack hand.

The point value is calculated by adding the point value of the cards you hold. All cards with face value count at that value (i.e. 4 counts 4 points), face cards count 10 and an Ace counts either 11 or 1, whichever is better for the player.

At the beginning, the dealer deals 2 cards to everybody, including himself. Both cards of the players usually show, while the dealer only shows one of his cards. Should any of the players have 21 points, they will immediately win their hand, unless the dealer also has 21 points with his first 2 cards.

The players that don't have 21 points then need to decide if they want to hit, which means they will receive another card, of if they want to stand, which means that their hand is complete. Should the player hit and the total point value of the hand exceeds 21 points, the hand is automatically lost.

After every player has made their decision, the dealer will play his own hand. The dealer usually has a set of rules to follow, which include that he needs to draw when he has 16 or less points and needs to stand when he has 17 or more.

Once the dealer has plaid their hand, all the players that have a hand value greater than the one of the dealer wins their hand. Should the dealer bust, all players that didn't bust win their hand. When the players win their hand, they get paid at 2 to 1, i.e. for every dollar bet, they will receive 2 dollars back. If the player has hit 21 points with his first 2 cards and gets blackjack, he will usually be paid at 3 to 2. However, more recently, some casinos have started to play blackjack at only 5 to 3.
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John Burgi operates a website dedicated to blackjack,
where you can also find more information about blackjack rules .
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