An Introduction to Blackjack

Surprisingly enough, blackjack is a game that is easy to learn but can sometimes take years to fully master all of the available strategies.

How to Play Blackjack

When playing blackjack, casinos use anywhere between one and eight standard decks of 52 cards. All of the players and the dealer are dealt two cards, and the object of the game is to reach a score of 21 or as close as possible without going over. When 21 cannot be reached, the player’s objective is to beat the dealer’s hand by choosing to take more cards or stand on a current point total.

Hitting and Standing

During the course of the game, players will be given the options to hit or stand on their current totals. If a player is satisfied with their hand total, they can indicate to the dealer that they wish to stand and they will receive no more cards. If they would like to reach a higher total, they can indicate to the dealer that they want another card; players can continue taking cards until they are satisfied with the score or they have busted—gone over 21.

Alternate Rules

When you play blackjack online, there are some alternate rules to be concerned with; casinos reserve the right to observe or ignore these rules. Surrenders and late surrenders, doubling down and splitting are all blackjack rules that may or may not be a part of any blackjack game. Before playing, players should always determine whether or not the casino allows these rules to be used in the player’s favor.

Blackjack is not a difficult game to learn, but the strategy involved can make it incredibly difficult to completely master.