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Casino Blackjack: Rules of the Game

Blackjack Strategy TrainerOnce the initial hands are dealt, play proceeds around the table starting at the first seat to the dealer’s left, also called “first base”. Each player in turn indicates to the dealer how he wishes to play the hand. (All of those choices are explained in the next part of this series.)

After all of the players have finished their hands, the dealer will complete his hand, and then pay the winning bets and collect the losing bets.

How the Dealer Plays His Hand

The dealer will first flip over the “hole card” to reveal his two-card starting hand. The dealer is then required to play his hand in a very specific way, with no choices allowed.

He must draw cards until he has a total of 17 or more. The dealer has no choice in how to play the hand. He must continue taking cards until his total is at least 17. (A slight variation of this rule is discussed below.)

Let’s look at one possible dealer hand:

After flipping over the hole card, the dealer’s hand was (Ace, 5). That makes a hand value of 16, so he must draw another card.

He drew a 7, making the hand value 13 (the Ace can no longer be counted as 11). With a total of 13, he must hit again.

He drew a 6, making the hand total 19. Since that is “17 or more”, the dealer stops with a final total of 19.

Wins, Losses, and Ties

Once the hand is over, how does the dealer decide which bets to pay, and which bets to collect?

If you draw a card that makes your hand total go over 21, your hand is a bust. That is an automatic loser. The dealer will immediately collect your bet, and discard your hand.

Assuming you did not bust, the dealer will play out his hand at the end. If he busts by going over 21, all the remaining players win their bets.

If neither you nor the dealer busted, now the dealer will compare his final total to yours.

If his total is higher than yours, you lose the bet, and he will collect your bet and put the chips in his tray.

If your total is higher than his, you win the bet, and he will pay the entire amount you have bet. After he pays you, you’ll have your initial bet plus the amount you won in the circle.

So, what happens if you and the dealer tie, with the same exact total? Nothing at all. A tie is called a “push”, and you do not win or lose your bet. Your chips stay in the betting circle where you can leave them for the next hand if you want, or you can add to or remove from them as you wish before the next hand.

What is a Blackjack, or Natural?

A blackjack, or natural, is a total of 21 in your first two cards. A blackjack is therefore an Ace and any ten-valued card, with the additional requirement that these be your first two cards. If you split a pair of Aces for example, and then draw a ten-valued card on one of the Aces, this is not a blackjack, but rather a total of 21.

The distinction is important, because a winning blackjack pays the player at 3 to 2. A bet of $10 wins $15 if the player draws a blackjack. A player blackjack beats any dealer total other than blackjack, including a dealer’s three or more card 21. If both a player and the dealer have blackjack, the hand is a tie or push.

The dealer will usually pay your winning blackjack bet immediately when it is your turn to play. In the face down games, this means that you should show the blackjack to the dealer at that time. Some casinos may postpone paying the blackjack until after the hand is over if the dealer has a 10 card up and has not checked for a dealer blackjack. Other casinos check under both 10 and Ace dealer upcards, and would therefore pay the blackjack immediately.

Regardless, when you are dealt a blackjack, turn the cards face up, and smile. It only happens about once every 21 hands, but it accounts for a lot of the fun of the game.

Hitting and Standing

The most common decision a player must make during the game is whether to draw another card to the hand (“hit”), or stop at the current total (“stand”).

You will be required to make hand signals rather than just announcing “hit” or “stand” to the dealer. This is to eliminate any confusion or ambiguity in what you choose, and also for the benefit of the ever-present surveillance cameras. If you go over 21, or “bust”, the dealer will collect your bet and remove your cards from the table immediately.

How you signal your intention to the dealer depends on which style of game you are playing:

Hand Signals in the Shoe Game

In the face-up shoe game, you indicate that you want another card by tapping the table behind your cards with a finger.

When you decide to stand, just wave your hand in a horizontal motion over your cards.

Remember that you are not allowed to touch the cards in this style of game.

Hand Signals in the Hand-Held Game

In the face-down game, things are a little different. You will hold the first two cards with one hand.

To let the dealer know that you want to draw another card to your hand, scratch the table with the bottom of your cards lightly. Watch another player at first to see how this works. The dealer will deal your additional cards on the table in front of your bet. Leave those cards on the table, but mentally add them to your total hand value. If you go over 21, just toss the two cards in your hand face up on the table. The dealer will collect your bet and discard your hand.

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What are the rules to playing internet blackjack games.

While playing Internet Blackjack games always split for blackjack pairs, in case you get a pair of aces and a pair of eights. never split for blackjack a pair, which means that you should only stand when you get a pair of eights or a pair of aces.

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