An early version of the same game is known as 21. It’s now known as Blackjack for a particular hand that consists of an ace card and either a 10, or a face card, which equals 10.
Blackjack is the most popular table card game in America. Aim of the game is to beat the dealer, without going over 21 points.
How to play (and win) blackjack
In a casino you’ll need to change your cash for casino chips. At some tables you may pay in with cash and the dealer will exchange your money for chips.
Find a free seat at a designated table. If there is not a free seat available you will have to wait until someone leaves the game before you may join.
Place your bets before the dealers deals the cards.
Blackjack is played with anywhere from 1 -8 packets of standard 52 card decks.
A standard table with have seven places for players, and one for the dealer.
The player to the dealers left will always begin.
Cards 2-9 are counted at face value, cards 10, and all face cards are counted at 10, and an ace card is either 1 or 11.
The dealers deals every player two cards, and two to himself, one of his cards will face up, the other down, the down card is the ‘hole card’.
Each player may either Stand, Hit, Double, Split or Surrender.
Once all the players have had a turn, the dealer turns over his hole card. The dealer can now deal himself another card if his first two cards are at, or under, 16 points.
If the dealer goes over 21, he is bust and remaining players with cards still under 21, win. If the dealer is under 21, but lower than another player, then he goes bust and the player wins. If the dealers hits 21, all other players still in, are bust.
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Stakes and bonuses
Bonuses in Blackjack were introduced to the game to add an extra bit of excitement for the players and spectators.
Sometimes called side bets, these bets are separate from the Blackjack bet. To make these bets, place your wager in the designated ‘side bet circle’, which is located next to your regular blackjack bet. You must place this bet before you receive your first two cards. These bonus bets have a much higher advantage to the house, but add an extra excitement to the standard Blackjack game.
Side bet bonuses have interesting names like, Sweet Sixteen, Royal Match, Ladies Magic and Magic Jack, amongst others. These have various percentages of casino edge.
Newest Casino Bonuses for BlackJack Players
Once a round has finished, take your chips and/or cash and leave the table. You can also verbally leave by saying ‘I’m out’.
Where to play
Blackjack is such a popular game that you will find it in every major casino around the world, and in many, many other casinos as well. This is another good card game to play at home with friends for practise and fun. If you would like to play in an elite casino for high-end Blackjack, in an exotic location, look no further than the Casino Barriere El Gezirah, one of the best casinos in Egypt.