Introduction to Blackjack
Blackjack is a very fast-paced and very popular game that is enjoyed in both the real world and virtual casinos across the globe. People like Blackjack because it is quick, easy to pick up and learn, and easy to enjoy winnings from, as long as you follow some basic principles ensuring your bets are sensible. This article is focused on ensuring that you understand Blackjack and how to do well at it, and most importantly how to get started in the game.
Blackjack is played against the casino (or house) and the main objective is to have a hand of cards that gets as close as possible to 21 in value while also beating the house’s hand. It is vital that you do not go over 21 in the value of the hand simply because this means that you have exceeded the limit set by the rules and have gone bust.
During Blackjack a traditional 52 card deck is used to ensure that all numbers are represented. Sometimes several decks are used but this is definitely not always the case and most casinos, online or otherwise, tend to stick with the 52 card deck.
How the game works
Each player is dealt two cards by the dealer. The cards are dealt face up so everyone can see what the values are. The dealer also deals themselves two cards but only one one card is face up. The card that is facing down is known as a hole card.
Players are then allowed to draw further cards up to a value of 21. The player can continue to draw cards and stop when they think they have reached as close to 21 as they want to comfortably. The player will be out of the game if they bust by going over 21. This is the way the game is played and it makes for a very fast paced and easy to understand game for all involved.
The point of Blackjack that makes it a game of skill is that the cards that are dealt during a round are then discarded. If a player learns their deck of cards very well, they can predict to a degree which cards are going to come next in a deal. This means that if someone is able to predict enough, they can win.
The downside of this is that there may be another player who has the same skill and can accurately predict which cards are going to come up next in a deal. This means that there could be two players in the same game accurately predicting their chances of getting closer to 21 than each other or the dealer.
Fun and exciting to play, Blackjack has absolutely no barriers to enter apart from being able to count, and the best players in the world are highly skilled individuals who can not only predict cards but also predict the order they may come in.