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Basic rules of classic blackjack

If you’ve never played before, don’t worry, the rules of Blackjack are fairly simple and easy to learn. We’re going to cover all the basic rules of classic Blackjack, including winning conditions and how to play.

The objective

First off, you’ll need to remember that the objective of the game is to beat the dealer by having a higher value hand. Remember that you can’t go over twenty-one or you’ll bust, and the dealer will automatically win regardless of their hand.  Having a hand of Ace and a ten-card is known as a Blackjack. A Blackjack will give you an automatic win and usually 1.5x your stake. The only time you won’t win with a Blackjack is if the dealer also has one. In this case, you’ll have your stake returned to you.

Your hand

Your hand value is based on the values of each card. These values are signified on the card itself, with cards 2-10 worth between two and ten. Face cards such as Jacks, Queens, and Kings are all worth ten. An Ace is worth either one or eleven, depending on which makes a better hand. A Blackjack can only be formed with an Ace and a ten or face card.

The dealer

The dealer is your opponent and at the start of the game will deal you, and any other player at the table two cards. They’ll deal themselves one card, to begin with. In classic Blackjack, you’ll be able to see the dealer’s card, but some game types don’t show it until later. Once you’ve taken your turn, the dealer will always take new cards until they reach a total of seventeen or more.

Your actions

Once you’ve received your hand of two cards, you’ll have several different options available to you. You can choose to stand, that’s to end your turn without taking an action. You can choose to hit, that’s to ask the dealer for another card. You can choose to double down, that’s to ask for another card while doubling your stake. Finally, you can also split. Splitting can only be done if you receive two of the same card on your first turn. For example, if you received two eight or two sevens, you’d be able to split them. This gives you two hands, and you’ll receive two new cards, one for each hand. Some game types will also let you surrender after receiving your hand. If the dealer has an Ace as their face-up card, you can also take out an insurance bet.

These were some Basic rules of classic Blackjack, I guess these will come handy to you at the time gaming.

Happy winning.

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