Can You make 21?
Blackjack is a game played against the dealer, where you have to beat or match the dealer’s final hand. Learning Blackjack rules means your gameplay is so much smoother. Getting a hand nearest to 21 is the one you are aiming for.
BLACKJACK RULES - THE IMPORTANCE OF CARD values
One of the first rules that is made clear when you start learning how to play Blackjack is that the Blackjack Ace has two values in Blackjack being both ‘1’ and ‘11’. In the rules of Blackjack, all face cards are valued at 10; the rest are valued at the number they show. So being dealt an Ace of any suit and a ‘6’ could be ‘17’ or ‘7’.
Blackjack Rules -Hitting or Standing
Blackjack Rules - Dealer’s Ace & Insurance
Blackjack Rules - Splitting Your Cards
Blackjack Rules - Doubling
This is an option of doubling your stake; this is dependent on the Blackjack variation you are playing. Some allow doubling after two cards have been dealt. Others only allow if the joint card values are nine, ten or eleven.
Blackjack Rules - Surrendering
Blackjack Rules - Dealer’s Options
The dealers cannot surrender, double or split. They can only hit or stand, and they cannot stand until they reach ‘17’. This means if a dealer’s Blackjack hand has ‘16’ he has to hit if they bust all players win.
Some Rules Of Blackjack Variations
The number of decks in play can vary from ‘2’ to ‘8’. Some casinos do offer single deck but not many as it lends itself to card counting and has a very low house edge. The house edge increases with the number of decks in use. In some Blackjack variants, the dealer can hit beyond 17, called a ‘soft 17’. If this happens, it increases the house edge by around 0.2%.
In some Blackjack variations, you can double after splitting, plus some also allow you to resplit again. Dealer Peek is when the dealer is allowed to check for a Blackjack if the exposed hand is a 10 or Ace if it is the round ends there. Not all variants or online casinos allow this.