Blackjack For Beginners: Basic Casino Rules For The Novice

Blackjack is a great game most people learn early in life, at least the basics, under the name of “21″. But when it comes to blackjack rules and the etiquette followed by gamblers in the casinos, life gets a bit more complicated. Following are some rules the beginner may want to familiarize himself with before heading to the tables in Vegas, Atlantic City or Cherokee.

  • The point of the game is to have your card total come as close to 21 as possible, without going over. If you go over, it’s called a bust. You’re given 2 cards to begin with, one face up, the other face down. Face cards count as 10 points each, Aces count as either 1 or 11, whichever is more beneficial to you.
  • Casino rules require you to place a bet before you are dealt cards, so it’s smart to find low minimum tables to start with. Some tables have $1 or $5 minimums for the beginner.
  • Once you have placed your bet, you will be dealt your cards, as will the other players at your table and the dealer. You are only competing against the dealer. Based on what you have in your hand and what the dealer is showing, you need to decide if you want to hit (ask for another card) or stand (compete with your existing hand).
  • If you take an additional card or two (or three) you have to keep track of the sum of your cards, keeping in mind you don’t want to go over 21. Remember, any face card with a value of 10 could put you over 21. When you feel you’ve received enough cards, simply tell the dealer you want to “stay” or “stand”.
  • When you stand, it’s the dealer’s turn to turn over his remaining card. If his total is 16 or less, (depending on the house rules) he is then required to draw another card.
  • The game ends when the dealer exceeds 16. If you’re higher than the dealer, without busting, you win. If he busts, and you didn’t, you win. If he is higher than you, without busting, he wins.

These are just the basic rules of the game to get you started. As you become more comfortable, you’ll learn more about splitting (this is when you are dealt pairs and you can split them into separate hands and double your bets) and doubling down. You’ll learn when it’s best to stand based on what you have versus what the dealer has. As a beginner, practice online at the free sites as much as possible, gaining as much experience as you can. While that’s fun, however, nothing will be as exhilarating as playing with real money at the tables in Vegas.

Check this out when you have learned blackjack basic strategy.

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