and how to play Black Jack
Black Jack is the
most popular casino game of all.
Black Jack's popularity is so high because if played right the odds are
much higher than in any other game. The rules are slightly different
from area to area and from casino to casino. This means you have to
make sure you inform yourself about the exact rules for black jack and
guidelines each casino has, before you start gambling. In Black Jack
you don't play against any other players - only against the dealer. The
main objective in Blackjack
is to get a hand higher than the dealer's
without going over 21.
The game starts
with every player making their
opening bets. Make sure to read the sign next to the dealer which
indicates the minimum and maximum table limit. Most
online casinos have table limits from as low as $1
up to $100. After all the players placed their bets
the dealer will start dealing the cards. Starting with the player to
his left he gives every player one card, face down, including himself.
This is the dealers down card. Then he deals a
second round of cards, face down but this time the card he deals
himself will be face up. This is the dealers up card.
You now can look at both of your cards and find your total by simply
adding the values of your cards.
The values of the
cards in Black Jack from two to
ten are at face value. Jacks, Queens and Kings
count ten and the Ace counts eleven or one. The Ace
always counts eleven except if your total exceeds
21 - then the value of the Ace is reduced to one. A hand with one Ace
having the value of eleven is called a soft hand
and a hand with all Aces having the value of one is called a hard
hand. In Black Jack for instance, if you get an 8 and Ace
dealt it would be a soft 19 while an 8, 10 and Ace would be a hard 19.
Getting a start total of 21 is called a Black Jack
and you have to show your hand immediately. If the dealer's up card is
an Ace he checks for a dealer black jack first and then continues the
game. Exceeding a total of 21, and already counting all the aces you
have in your hand as one, means you are bust and lose your bet.
By turn each player
will then have to make one of
the following five decisions.
/ If you are not satisfied with your current total you can ask the
dealer to hit you which means he deals you another card in addition to
your two. You are hit until you are satisfied with your total, or until
/ You stand if you don't
want any more cards.
/ If you think you will
win without getting more than one card you double. You have to add an
amount equal to your original wager and receive only one card. If your
total is higher than the dealer's after receiving the card you win.
/ If your starting hand
contains two cards of the same type (i.e. two 9's) you can split them
up into two new hands. You have to add an equal amount to your wager
and get two more cards dealt forming two separate new starting hands.
/ Insurance is
offered to the players if the dealer's up card is an Ace, to protect
against a dealers Black Jack. You will have to pay half of your
original bet and will get 2:1 odds when the dealer has a Black Jack.
Unless you also have a black jack your original bet is lost.
/ This decision is
quite rare and not offered is most casinos. After you see your starting
hand and the dealers up card and you don't think you can win, you have
to give your cards back to the dealer immediately. If you surrender you
will only lose half of your original bet. You cannot surrender if the
dealer has a Black Jack.
After all the
players have made their decision the
dealer will then play his hand. The playing of the dealer's hand must
follow certain rules. He must hit on every total
less than 17 or otherwise stand.
Some casinos even let the dealer hit when he has a soft 17. The rules
which the dealer has to follow will be written clearly on the Black
Jack table, so there will be no confusion.
You win if either
the dealer busts or has a total
less than yours. The odds are 1:1. If the total is the same it's a draw
or a push and your original wager is returned to you. A black jack
beats an ordinary 21 and is paid 3:2 odds.
now for free!