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Learn the value of each card. A full list with the value of each card is listed later on in this page. This is vital to knowing when to stand and when to take a hit. Also, learn the rules of the game. All of which is covered later on this page.
The game starts off with the dealer dealing two cards at a time to each of the players at the table, starting from the dealers’ left, and moving clockwise around the table. The aim of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible, beating the dealer, who has the same goal, along the way.
Players check their hands to see what they have been dealt, and make their next decisions based on that. If a player has Blackjack (21), based on their first two cards, the round ends and they are declared the winner. This is called a “soft Blackjack”, and is made up of an Ace, and a card with a face value of 10.
Players then make their next move. They have a choice between several options:
A player always has the choice to back out, though they may forfeit a portion of their bet. With Surrender, a player can put down their cards and not participate in the rest of the round, at the cost of surrendering half their bet. Surrendering isn’t always the best choice, and should only be considered if a dealer has between 5-7, 12-16, or has a 9 and an Ace, which valued at 20 and can only be beaten by an Ace and a card valued at 10.
Splitting is an attractive option to players who have been dealt two cards of the same value. Though it should be noted that splitting is not recommended on every hand, and players should be cautious of always splitting. A handy guide on when to split and when to stay can be found on our Online Blackjack page. If both a player’s hands win after a split, they get double the money. If only one wins, they break even.
When things are looking bleak, players can choose to take insurance. Taking insurance means that if a dealer has an Ace in their hand, a player can bet that the dealer does, in fact, have Blackjack. This bet pays out a 2-1 odds. The other bet and money placed on it falls away, but if a player is correct and a dealer does have Blackjack, they break even and get their bet back.
This is a risky move, but that has a major possible payoff. With a double down, a player can double their bet and get another card in an attempt to beat the dealer. This is usually only advisable if the player’s first two cards are between 8-11 or soft 12 (which, if a player gets a high card or an Ace, puts them in a good position to win) or on a soft 19 (when a low card or Ace can set a player up for a big win).
The final reveal. This is when the final tally of each hand is calculated, and the winner of the round is determined.