Blackjack which is played on the card game 21 or pontoon is one of the most popular card games due to the fact that players do not have to rely on luck all the time. Instead it is the way they play that determines whether one wins or looses. It is possible to overcome the casinos advantage. To achieve this means memorizing the best action to take depending on the cards that are dealt and players who master the skill have a realistic chance of winning.
Blackjack is played against the dealer who plays on the casinos behalf. The aim is to draw cards that will beat the dealers hand without exceeding the numbers 21. Standard decks of cards are 52 (jokers are not used) and the numbers of decks do not affect the game. Six decks are most often used giving a total of 312 cards in play. Although some casinos use machines mostly the cards are shuffled by hand.
The cards value in each hand are added to give the scores. Cards from 2-10 inclusive have their face value. Court cards (kings, queens and jacks) are worth 10. Aces have an initial value of 11 decreasing to 1 if the hand subsequently exceeds a score of 21. Blackjack, the highest hand possible is an ace plus any card worth 10. Only the first two cards dealt can make blackjack. Cards dealt to a split hand do not count.
WHERE TO PLACE BETS:
Players may bet on as many boxes they wish. They have the option of playing themselves or in Europe and some other countries betting on another players hand. This is usefull if you are a novice and not yet confident on your own skills. The second player bets by placing their chip next to the original bet. The first player has complete control over the hand all actions taken. If a hand is split the second players does not have to make an additional bet but may nominate which hand they wish to bet on.Similary the second player does not have to double if the original player doubles.
If the dealers first card is an ace he or she will ask the players if they want to take insurance. This is an additional bet equal to half of the players original stake, against the possibility of the dealer making blackjack. If the dealer subsequently does make blackjack the original bet looses but the insurance bet is paid at odds 2 to 1. If the dealer does not have blackjack the insurance bet is lost and the original bet is paid out at 3 to 2. Whatever of the outcome of the dealer's hand the net result is the same, even money is won.
If a player takes insurance msot casinos immediately pay out the bet at events and remove the players cards. Taking insurance is not generally considered a good bet as the dealers chances of making blackjack is outweighted by the chance of making other scores.
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