Basic Blackjack Rules

If you are new to learning casino games, it's good if you start learning how to play the slots before you proceed to learning the table games. When you think you're ready to venture into betting in table game games, it is best to start with learning how to play blackjack.

Blackjack is offered as one of the games in almost every casino and gambling house in the world. This is because blackjack is very easy to learn, the rules are quite simple and the player's advantage is higher compared to other casino games. Also, in blackjack, it is possible to get a three to two payout when you get the blackjack, which is the highest combination in the game.

A blackjack dealer may use up to eight decks when dealing. In the beginning of the game, the blackjack dealer deals each player with two cards. The cards may be dealt face up or face down depending on the number of decks used and also on the rules of the casino.

The goal in blackjack is to beat the dealer by getting a sum that is higher than that of the dealer's. However, the sum of the cards on your hand should not exceed twenty-one, otherwise, the combination will bust and will make you lose the round unless the dealer also got a bust.

In blackjack, the values of the cards from two to ten are the same as the numbers printed to the cards. It doesn't matter whether the card you got is a spade, club, heart or diamond. The jacks, the queens and the kings also get a value of ten.

The aces are given a value of one or eleven depending on how the player would like to use it based on the other cards on hand. In most cases, the aces have a value of eleven unless it will cause the combination to bust (exceed a sum of twenty-one).

You can get a natural blackjack by getting an ace and a card with a value of ten as your first two cards. In this case, the ace card is given a value of eleven and the total becomes twenty-one. Here, the blackjack dealer pays you three to two.

In case you and the blackjack dealer gets the same sum, this situation is called a "push" and neither you nor the dealer wins.

Isn't that quite simple? Familiarize yourself with these rules first before studying advanced techniques in playing blackjack.