Understanding Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most popular card games in the world. It’s simple, exciting and accessible at all levels of skill. In casino blackjack, you play against the dealer. The rules are clear. Initially, you will be dealt two cards. There are two ways to win:

  • By reaching a total score higher than that of the dealer’s hand that does not exceed 21
  • By the dealer’s hand exceeding 21

Typically, you’ll be able to draw additional cards, assuming your hand doesn’t already total 21. If you’re happy with your hand as is, you can stand (i.e. not receive any more cards). If you’d like to take one more card, select draw and see what happens.

All face cards are assigned a value of 10, while Aces can have either a value of 1 or 11, depending on which is more advantageous to your hand at the time. Luckily, the software is on your side and will always choose the best value for your Ace!

You’ll also be able to double your bet on certain starting two-hand combinations (usually this option is offered when it is considered favorable to do so), and split your starting cards (should you be dealt cards of equal value, such as four-four or eight-eight), creating two hands should you choose to do so, in certain circumstances.

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