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How to Play Blackjack – Basic Free Rules

You probably won’t get rich playing blackjack, but you can have a lot of fun trying. In most traditional blackjack games, the player using correct basic strategy will face an approximately 0.5 percent house edge, which means a loss of approximately 50¢ for every $100 the player wagers. That’s a good game, pretty close.

In the game of blackjack, your objective is to beat the dealer without going over 21 points. In a basic game, the dealer deals the cards and you will have two cards each. One of the dealer’s cards will face up so you will have an idea of ​​her hand.

In your turn, you have a number of choices and these are:

Stand: To keep your first two cards, without drawing any other cards

Hit: To ask another card. This request may be repeated as many times as you wish, as long as your continued running total of the value of your hand does not exceed 21.

Double Down: To increase your wager by an amount equal to your original bet thus ask for only one more card. This can be done only on the first two cards dealt to you.

Split: To separate your matching first two cards into two hands.

Insurance: A side bet that usually pays 2:1 and can be made when the dealer’s upcard is an Ace. You may wager half of your original bet on insurance, so that if you win your insurance bet, but lose your original bet.

Surrender: This is not widely used or widely available, but this is a player’s option available only on the first two cards hand total. Surrender means that the player indicates to the dealer that he wishes surrender his hand.

After playing your turn, the dealer will show her hand by flipping the other card so you can see what she has. The dealer must “hit” until she has a total of 17, or more. These are the basic rules for this card game, but of course there are a lot of variations at 21.

It is important to know the score of your cards too. The face cards that are Jack, Queen and King all count for ten. Meanwhile an ace counts as for 11 or 1.

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