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How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack gambling is one of the most popular attractions of all online casinos and when you learn the basic strategy you can have an edge over the casino of only 0.5%. Your goal is to beat the dealer without exceeding 21 (Bust).

In a basic game, the dealer gives the cards and you will receive two cards each. One of the dealer’s cards will face up so you’ll have an idea of his hand. In turn you have a number of choices and these are:
• Hit: This is when you take a card. You can do it as many times as you need.
• Stand: Keep your cards and finish your turn.
• Double: Double your bet, take one more card and finish your turn.
• Split: If you have two identical cards, you can split them in two separate hands. You will need to add another bet if you choose to do so.

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

It is important to know the score of your cards too. The figure cards that are Valet, Queen and King all count for ten. An ace counts as for 11, unless 11 cause an overflow and in this case it counts as 1.

If you go over 21, then you lose even if the dealer will overtake too. You win if your total is higher than the dealer or if the dealer will overtake. You lose if your hand is lower than the dealer’s. This is called a push if there is a tie and none of you wins. If you get an ace and a ten it is called a blackjack or natural and it will pay 3-2.

Insurance is something else. If the croupier’s visible card is an ace, you will be asked if you want insurance. It’s a side bet if the dealer has a blackjack. This type of bet has a casino advantage and we recommend do not to take it.

Once you understand the rules, you can learn the basic strategy that will explain when to “Hit” or “Stand” according to the cards you have received. It’s a good idea to study the basic strategy before playing with real money.

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