Blackjack is a card game where the object for the player is to get a total as close to 21 as possible without going over, while competing against the dealer who is also trying to get 21. Whoever has the higher total wins. The player is initially dealt 2 cards, and the player also sees one of the dealer’s cards. The player then decides based upon his total and the dealer’s card whether or not to take additional cards to reach a value closer to 21. After the player is done, the dealer then does the same according to a set of house rules which will be described below.
Playing The Game
Different online casinos play Blackjack with different rules conerning the number of decks and shuffling. Some online casinos play with a single deck, and some play with up to as many as 6 decks. Some online casinos shuffle the deck(s) after each hand to eliminate all card counting strategies, while some allow a certain amount of penetration to occur before shuffling. Penetration is a percentage number of the cards that have been put into play before shuffling occurs. For example, if a casino allows 33% penetration, they do not shuffle the cards until a third of the cards from the deck(s) have been dealt out in hands to the player or dealer.
Initially, 2 cards are dealt to the player, who also sees one of the dealer’s cards. In most games, the dealer takes a 2nd card as well, called a hole card, that the player cannot see. If the player has a 2 card total of 21, this is called a Blackjack or a Natural. This is an automatic winner for the player, and pays at 3:2 odds. If the dealer also has a Blackjack, the hand is a push, meaning a tie and no money is won or lost. In many Blackjack games, the dealer will “peak” at his hole card and turn up his Blackjack immediately, but not in all.
The card values are as follows. 2-10’s are counted as their face value, 2=2, 3=3, etc. Face cards, Jacks, Queens, and Kings also have a value of 10. Aces may count as either a 1 or 11. When the player is using the Ace as a value of 11, his total is referred to as a soft total. When he counts the Ace as a 1, his total is referred to as a hard total. For example, a hand of Ace, 6 equals a soft 17. The player may risk taking another card to better his hand because he can revert to the Ace being a 1 value so he doesn’t go over 21. Hence the name soft.
After the Togel Singapore player gets his intial 2 cards, he has several options. They are to hit or stand, and also depending on the cards, he may also have doubling or splitting options. When the player hits, this means he asks for another card to better his hand total to get closer to 21. The player is risking getting a better total against going over 21 which is an automatic loser. If the player choses to stand, this means that he is going to not take any more cards, but instead stay at his current total to try and beat the dealer.
Before we go into the rules for doubling or splitting, let us first explain the rules for the dealer concerning when he can hit or stand. If the dealer totals 17 or above, he must stand on that total. Below 17, the dealer must continue to hit to try to improve his total to something 17 or higher. Some casinos, online and in real life, require the dealer to hit on a soft 17. Regardless of the total the player has, the dealer must play this way. For example, if the player has a total of 19, and the dealer has a total of 18, the dealer cannot try to hit to improve his hand.
Doubling and splitting are two additional options the player has. Doubling means you double your initial bet, in return for 1, and only 1 additional card. Your hand is now done to play against what happens with the dealers hand. Some casinos only allow you to double on certain totals, 9,10, or 11 for example. These are the totals you often want to double down on, as you are betting the odds are you will receive one of the more common 10 value card to form a strong total of 19,20, or 21 for example.
Splitting is allowed when you are dealt identical value cards. Casinos have different rules concerning splitting unlike 10 value cards, a jack and a queen for example. However, with the 2 card total being 20, the proper strategy is to stand anyways. When you choose to split, your cards are split to form 2 different hands that will be played, and an additional bet is placed to play the 2nd hand. Often times split aces receive only one additional card per hand. Casinos also have different rules concerning if pairs can be resplit if you receive an identical value card after you split. They also have differing rules effecting whether or not the player is allowed to double down on his hands after he splits.
There are 2 more additional options for the player that we haven’t discussed. Those are Insurance and Surrender. Surrender entails not playing the hand dealt to you, and in return losing half your bet. The more common type of Surrender is only allowed after the dealer has checked that he does not have a Blackjack. This is sometimes called Late Surrender. Early Surrender is when the player is allowed to surrender before the dealer checks to see if he has a Blackjack. Both versions are rare today in casinos.
Insurance is an option when the dealer is showing an Ace. The player is essentialy allowed to place one half of his original bet on the dealer having a Blackjack. If the dealer does have a Blackjack, the player is paid 2:1 on his Insurance bet, but loses his initial bet. This turns out to be a push as no money is won or lost for the player.