How to play Blackjack?
Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world. It has been said that the number of American people who play Blackjack is larger than that of Baccarat and Russian Roulette together. This is only country, so imagine how many people worldwide world love to play Blackjack. Interestingly, the game probably originated in 17th
century French casino’s. The rules of Blackjack changed a bit when it was introduced in the United States. How do you play Blackjack?
The breakthrough of Blackjack
French people already played a version of Blackjack more than two hundred years ago. However, it took more than a century before the game became really popular among casino players. Blackjack made it’s breakthrough around 1912, when some rules were changed to make it easier to play. First of all, the payouts of Blackjack became 3:2 for every two pair of cards with 21. Special combinations like ‘ace of spades’ with ‘jack of spades’ even meant a payment of 2:1. Some American casino’s even payed 10:1 when a player had ‘ace of spaces’ and a random ‘black jack’. As you’ve probably guessed, this is where the name of the game comes from. So back in the day Blackjack could make you rich. A few years later, casino’s abolished these big payouts. However, Blackjack remained a popular casino game as of today.
The Blackjack table
Nowadays, a game of Blackjack attracts a lot of people. Not only casino players who try their luck, but also bystanders. The popular game is played at an official Blackjack table. On one side of the table stands a croupier, also called ‘the dealer’. On the other side you can find the players. In total there’s room for seven of them. The places where they’re sitting are also called ‘boxes’. So every player has his own box to play Blackjack. The table has special marks where everyone places his bet. Maybe you really like to play Blackjack yourself. Of course the chance of winning increases when you know the rules. As a Blackjack player, you need to beat the so called ‘dealer’ by adding up the points of the cards. With your first two cards you need to get as close to 21 as possible. You lose when you have a number higher than 21. If this happens you ‘bust’, and the dealer will remove your cards.
Blackjack can be quite challenging when you’re just a beginner. However, practice makes perfect. With a good strategy a professional Blackjack player loses just € 0,40 cents of a € 100 bet. To play Blackjack you need to have a 52-card deck without jokers. Although this is the standard, most casino’s use several cards to shuffle them. Most of the time Blackjack players use 312 cards in total, also called a ‘six deck game’. In the first round you play with all these cards.
Playing with Blackjack cards
Some Blackjack cards are more worth than others. For example, face cards like Kings, Queens and Jack’s all give you 10 points. It’s also possible to get an Ace card, which is worth 1 or 11 points. So it’s possible to win in the first round when you have a 10 and an Ace worth 11 points. In that case you have ‘Blackjack’. Normally Blackjack pays you 3:2. However, it’s no problem when you haven’t won the first round. The dealer shakes the cards every new round. This makes Blackjack a very exciting and unpredictable game, which explains it’s popularity. In the following rounds the remaining cards are used until there’s nothing left. In that case, you need to ask more cards by swiping with your hand. Swiping from left to right means that you want to skip one round.
Playing traditional Blackjack or online
The rules of Blackjack in a traditional casino are almost the same as when you play online. Still, there are some differences. For example, in a standard casino you need to chips to place a bit. First of all, you need to buy fiches at the cash register. Sometimes the croupier also sells fiches. He or she changes them for so called ‘chips’. This differs from an online casino, in which you need to make a deposit. So it’s necessary to have an online account with money to play. Nowadays, most online casinos have safe and secure payment methods. This includes Visa, Mastercard, iDeal and even sometimes Bitcoin. You can make a bet by placing the chips in the compartments on the table. A pile of chips will make you look more organized. Place the chips with the highest worth at the bottom of the pile. Eventually the ‘dealer’ will announce that the players can’t make a bet anymore.
Think logical and be successful
Now you know the basic rules of Blackjack. We still advise you to read a lot about this amazing game. There are a lot of interesting books and articles with tips and tricks to be more successful. It’s a fact that many Blackjack players make mistakes that can actually be prevented. Blackjack is a game where you have think a logical way. Some people think that the chance of winning Blackjack is 50-50. So if they’ve already lost several times, they think that next time the chance of winning has increased. They reason that the odds must be better for them, so they decide to make a big bet. This is not a smart move. It has been estimated that every Blackjack player has a winning chance of 48 %, regardless of what happened previous rounds.
Play with a clear head
Finally, we recommend you to play when you’re feel healthy and stable. You need to be fit to play Blackjack successfully. So don’t use alcohol or other substances that affect your game negatively. Players also need to rest well. Your chance of winning doesn’t increase when you play Blackjack for hours. Actually, it’s the opposite. Good luck with this great game!