Blackjack basics

Blackjack has some of the best odds of betting games.  Blackjack is played with a standard fifty-two card deck.  The only goal is to beat the dealer.  Each player is playing against the dealer, not against other players at the table.

To beat the dealer, the value of a player’s hand must be equal to or less than 21 but also higher than the dealer’s hand.  Both the dealer and the player are trying to get 21 points without going over 21.  If the value of a player’s hand is greater than 21, the player busts and ultimately loses.  The same rules apply for the dealer.  If the dealer goes over 21 points while the player’s hand is less than 21 points, the dealer busts and the player wins.

The dealer starts the game by dealing one card to each player.  The dealer is last to receive a card, and this card is placed face down on the table.  Termed the hole card, this card remains face down until the end of the game.  A second card is dealt to each players and the dealer, this time face up, and the game starts.  In almost all games of blackjack, one of the dealer’s cards is face up and one card will be face down.  Play continues with each player either accepting another card or not accepting another card, termed hitting and standing respectively. Ideally players will receive a blackjack hand.  An initial hand of two cards with an exact value of 21 is called a blackjack.

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