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Blackjack is one of the most entertaining and popular games you will ever find in a casino, be it online or a brick and mortar one. Its popularity comes from simple rules as well as a number of different strategies that players can use in order to maximize their return.
The exact creation of blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is blurry; however, it was first mentioned in the Miguel de Cervantes book ‘Don Quixote’. The writer was a passionate gambler and notes on games have been incorporated in many of his writings. While the game was similar in a lot of ways to present day blackjack, the version mentioned in Cervantes’ book didn’t have tens, nines or eights in the deck of cards.
When the game made its way to the United States, casinos included a special feature where they would give a 10:1 payoff for players that hit an Ace of spades and a Jack of spades or clubs. This is where the name Black Jack came from, and while the impressive payoff is no longer available, the name of Blackjack has stayed around.
The game is one of the easiest you are ever likely to play in any type of casino. It requires no previous knowledge of the game or any other card games and can be learned in a couple of minutes. The main requirement is one, or more decks of 52 cards. The player’s goal is to ask for cards until the combined value of his hand reaches 21 or a close number to 21 without going over.
In order to score the cards, players simply add them. Number cards have a value equivalent to their number while paint cards (kings, queens and jacks) are worth 10 points each. The Ace card is worth 1 or 11 points, depending on which score best suits the hand.
Once the bet is set, the dealer will deal two cards, face up, to the player/players while also dealing two cards to ‘the house’, with only one card being face up. Players can ask for a ‘hit’, where they receive another card or they can stay with his dealt cards. There are other options available such as the double down bet. In this case a player can ask to double the bet and ask for only one card.
Another option is the split, where two cards with the same rank can be split into two hands with the condition of adding another bet for the newly created hand.
Tips, tricks and strategy
Practicing your blackjack skills with the help of online casinos isn’t just convenient it is also highly efficient, as the player is the one who dictates the rhythm of the game. Once the first cards are dealt strategy truly comes into play. Basic blackjack strategy suggests that players who get a value between 17 and 20 should stay, regardless of what card the dealer is boasting. When the first two cards have a combined value of 13-16, the dealer’s card is important. If the dealer has over 6, it is ideal to ask for another card.
Online blackjack comes with some of its own particularities. One such particularity is insurance, however, most strategies recommend that players avoid them due to low payouts and unfavorable odds.