Blackjack is an iconic and world famous casino card game that evolved from the original game, ‘twenty one’. With the development of online gaming Blackjack has boomed in online casinos such as wizardslots. Now with one quick search, anyone can find thousands of virtual blackjack tables ready to be played faster than you can say ‘Hit Me’.
Blackjack uses one or more decks with each card assigned its own value. Cards 2 to 10 are worth their numbered value, with Jacks, Queens and Kings all worth 10. The Aces can be used as either 1 or 11, depending on how the punter wants to play it. Simply put, the aim of the game is to beat the hand of the dealer. Now a player can do this by having cards that have a combined total closer to, and without exceeding, 21. The game is played on a semi-circle shaped table with the dealer on the inside and up to seven players facing them. It can be played either shoe, where cards are dealt face up, or hand where cards are facedown. However in both scenarios, the dealer always has one of the cards turned face up for players to see.
Hit – When a player wants to be dealt another card
Stand/Stick – When a player is happy with their hand and chooses not be dealt any more cards
Bust – What happens when your hand exceeds 21 and you’re out of the round
Blackjack –The optimum card total of 21
The first move is placing your bet. Only then does the dealer begin by dealing everyone at the table, including him or herself, 2 cards. Players are allowed to be dealt additional cards to improve their hand value and get as close to 21 as they want to risk without going bust). After all players at the table have finalised their hand by either picking to ‘stick’ or going bust, the dealer then plays. Punters can only win by not busting and having a higher combined card total (closest to 21) than the dealer. The dealer must also follow the rule that their hand totals to no less than 17. They must also stick as soon as their combined total is between 17 and 21.On occasion the player and dealer may find that their hands combine to the same total and there is a tie. In this situation the player keeps their bet and so they have not lost or win that round.
The option to pair split can add another level of risk and keep things interesting. If you have two cards of the same value then you can split them apart. You must have enough chips to support the second card split but this essentially gives you the opportunity to play two hands in one round.
Blackjack is a game of patience, risk and high reward. Popularised in casinos, it’s now gone global with apps and websites at the tips of your fingers. As you can see, the rules are pretty straightforward and after a few rounds of practice, anyone can grasp it.