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What is blackjack?

Blackjack (or 21) is one of the most popular casino games in the world. It uses 1-8 decks of cards and sees players take turns competing against the dealer. The player's aim in blackjack is to achieve a higher hand value than the dealer, without going over a count of 21. Players do not compete against one another, so multiple gamblers can win against the dealer in a blackjack game.

How many decks are used in blackjack?

Classic Blackjack uses a single deck, but many casinos and online gambling sites use 6-8 decks in their blackjack games.

How do you play the 21 card game with 2 players?

In blackjack with two people, one person becomes the dealer and the other the player. The dealer deals two face-up cards; one for the player, the other for themselves. They deal another card face up to the player, and one card fa

What does double down mean in blackjack?

When a player doubles down in blackjack, they double their bet in the middle of the hand in exchange for one card only. This wager is risky as it can end a player's betting early on a low second card. However, many players incorporate doubling down into their blackjack strategy, particularly if their cards equal 11 and the dealer has a low card.

When do you bet in blackjack?

Players make their wagers at the start of the round before any cards are dealt. Starting to their left, the dealer works their way around the blackjack table. Once it's a player's turn they can make additional wagers, like side bets. A player cannot make any more bets after their turn ends.

What does push mean in blackjack?

When the dealer and a player have the same hand value in blackjack, that is a push. When this happens, the dealer returns the player's bet. This means the player has neither won nor lost any money in that round of the game.

What happens when you get blackjack?

Blackjack rules state that when a player or dealer reaches 21 in their first two cards they get blackjack. If a player gets blackjack, this beats any other hand in the game, unless the dealer also hits blackjack. In this scenario, the player's wager becomes a push. The payout for hitting blackjack is 3:2, although some casinos offer a lower payout of 6:5.

What are face cards in blackjack?

Face cards refer to Jack, Queen, or King cards of any suit in blackjack. Each face card has a value of 10, which makes them particularly valuable to players in blackjack. When paired with an Ace, face cards can make blackjack.

How much is an Ace worth in blackjack?

Ace cards are worth either 11 or one in blackjack — it depends on the player's choice. Paired with a face card (Jack, Queen, or King) an Ace can make blackjack, which is why it is a popular card with players.

How much is a King worth in blackjack?

A King card has a value of 10, regardless of suit. Besides Ace cards, which can be worth 11, Kings have the highest value in blackjack, alongside Queens and Jacks.

How much is a Jack worth in blackjack?

A Jack is a face card, which is worth 10 in blackjack. Along with King and Queen cards, Jacks have the second-highest value in blackjack. When paired with an Ace, face cards can hit 21 (blackjack).

How much is a Queen worth in blackjack?

In blackjack, a Queen is a face card and carries a value of 10. When a Queen is paired with an Ace, the player hits blackjack. As a result, face cards are an integral factor in any blackjack strategy.

How do you deal in blackjack?

In 21, the dealer starts from their left and deals one upcard to each player around the table, and one down card to themselves. They then deal a second upcard to everyone, including themselves.

Is blackjack fair?

Blackjack has the best odds of winning for players than almost any other casino game. It has a much lower house edge (between 0.5-2%), which varies depending on the blackjack variant a player chooses, and whether they're using basic strategy.

What are bust cards in blackjack?

Bust cards generally refer to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. If the dealer has these in their hand, they're statistically more likely to bust. This puts players in a better position and means they should play conservatively to avoid busting themselves.

What happens if the dealer busts in blackjack?

If the dealer busts, all player hands remaining in the game win.

Is 21 and blackjack the same?

Yes.

How do you play soft hands in blackjack?

Players should treat an Ace as an 11 if their hand totals 21 or less. If a player draws a card and their count exceeds 21, revert the Ace to its other value of 1.

What happens if two players tie in blackjack?

A player's objective in blackjack is to have a higher hand count than the dealer without busting. This means two players can have the same hand values in a game and it won't have any consequence on the outcome of their wagers. If a player and dealer tie though, the player's original bet becomes a 'push' and the dealer returns it.

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