The Basics of Blackjack


In blackjack, the aim is to get a total higher than the dealer’s. When the sum is higher than the broker’s, the player wins. Otherwise, the player loses. If the dealer has a hand that is equal to or lower than the sum of the players’ cards, it is called a push. A push is when the dealer and the player both have a sum of 21. This is also known as a “natural.”

Double down is another option that is available only when the dealer has a two-card hand. This gives the player a chance to double his wager in exchange for one additional card. This option is advantageous if the player’s total is above 11, because doubling down will increase the chances of a winning hand. A good example is when the player has a six against the dealer’s upcard, and can double his bet. The player wins 1.5 times his original bet if he gets a blackjack.

In blackjack, players compete against the dealer with the goal of getting the highest value without exceeding 21. The goal is to remain below 21 without busting. A hand’s value is the sum of the value of all cards held in the hand. Face cards are valued 10 while aces are worth either 1 or 11.

The basic strategy for blackjack is to get an ace and a 10 as the first two cards in the hand. If the dealer gets an ace and a ten, the player has a Blackjack. There are many other variations of the game, including multi-player multi-hand, single player multi-hand, and mini blackjack. However, all of them are aimed at decreasing the house edge and giving players more chances of winning the game.

Players can take insurance when the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. The insurance bet pays 2:1 and loses the original bet. This option is not profitable for players. Therefore, players should avoid taking insurance unless they have a natural hand. If the dealer does have a blackjack, it is best to keep the original bet and play for that amount again. But if the dealer does not have a blackjack, the player should not take insurance.

The blackjack player should be aware that the dealer might double-down a winning hand in order to get more money. A player may choose to split two identical hands into two hands and play one of the hands until the dealer is busted. A player cannot double down after splitting an ace and a blackjack. Further, players cannot double down after splitting. In blackjack, players can double down but cannot triple or quadruple bet after a split.