21: The Magic Number of Blackjack

Blackjack is a very popular online casino card game. With a mix of skill and luck, the game consists of a simple concept, and the potential rewards can be great.

Online blackjack casino games have one or more players and a dealer. After bets are placed a pack of cards is selected, shuffled and then each player competes with the dealer in the hope of getting blackjack (cards worth a total value of 21). A player is initially dealt two cards face up. The dealer then deals himself two cards, one of which is face up, for the benefit of the players.
The cards 2 to 10 use their face value. Jacks, queens and kings have a value of 10 and the ace has a value of either 1 or 11 (it should be established at the beginning of the game whether aces are ‘high’ or ‘low’). If the value of his cards is less than 21, the player can ask to be ‘hit’ and will be dealt another card. However, the player must beware. If the value of the cards exceeds 21, the player will be ‘bust’ and bets are lost, even if the dealer also goes bust. When a player does not want another card, they can ‘stand’, and the player and dealer will compare hands. The dealer must request a ‘hit’ until his cards total at least 17. If a player and dealer have hands of the same value (known as a ‘push’), the original stake is returned to the player.

To change the odds multiple decks can be used, but the aim remains the same.  Players can also split their cards and create two hands, placing wagers on each hand to increase their chances of beating the dealer.

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