You’ve probably seen a game of Blackjack played at some point, but don’t let the speed of it discourage you – it really is a simple game with a great history. At least for beginners. Like many casino games, the further you delve into it, the more complicated it gets. But with a good strategy, there is no telling what your bankroll will look like when you sign out!
Blackjack uses simple addition to calculate values, and multiple decks shuffled together. The objective is to get closest to 21 points adding the points of the cards together, without exceeding 21. All the pip cards, or numbered cards, use their face value, from 2-10, and the picture cards are counted as ten. Ace is the highest card, with eleven points, but also the lowest, if you want to use it as a one.
The dealer starts the game by drawing two cards for each player and themselves. Getting 21 on these two cards is called a Blackjack. You can receive as many cards as you like (called “hits”), unless you exceed 21. This usually happens within a few more hits, so be careful. When you’re happy with your hand, you “stand”. For the dealers, the choice is systematic: A hand worth less than 17 forces a draw, and 17-21 is an automatic stand. You can further complicate a round if you receive pairs, which can be split to create more hands
The bet is placed before the first draw of cards. Winning the round gives you your bet back, plus the bet of the dealer. Best result is to get a Blackjack immediately, without the dealer having one. This rewards you with an added half of the bet on top again, so that if you bet €10 you end up with your own bet, plus dealer’s €10 and another €5 on top. Simple!
The dealer takes your bet of €5 and you receive a ten and a three, giving you thirteen, and the dealer gets a 7 on his face up card. You decide to double down, meaning you will only get one more card, but double your initial bet, before taking another hit. The next card you receive is a 5, resulting in an 18. The dealer reveals his face down card which is a 10 which gives him 17 and forces him to stand, and you win €20.