Guide to Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most iconic casino games of all time. It’s become world famous where even people who aren’t regular gamblers instantly recognise the catchphrase ‘hit me’. Evolved from the original, ‘Twenty One’, it follows similar rules and style of play. Now although most may be familiar with its name, a lot of people admit to previously putting off learning how to play. As players go up against a dealer and fellow opponents, some falsely assume that the game is too complicated, when in fact this couldn’t be further form the truth. So if your interest is pricked and you want to understand more, keep reading our guide to 666 blackjack and find out everything you should know  

The format of Blackjack

The game uses at least one full deck but up to several with each card assigned their own value. Aces are either 1 or 11, depending entirely on how the punter wants to use it. Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 whilst cards 2 to 10 are worth their shown value. Now the aim of the game is first and foremost to beat the dealer. Unusual considering that in nearly every other casino games the aim is to beat your opponents at the table. A player can beat a dealer by having cards that combine as close as they can get to 21 without exceeding it. This means that if you get a total of 20, the only way a dealer can beat you is to hit the jackpot 21, something which once you start playing, will realise it’s not as easy as it sounds. You of course want to get closer to the dealers amount than your fellow players but totalling the same amount as an opponent won’t make you lose money, you’ll just have to split it. So that’s why despite wanting to beat your opponents, your dealer is the one you need to focus on. The game is always played on a semi-circle table with the dealer on the inside and a maximum of 7 players surrounding. This layout gives everyone a good view of the dealer without seeing each other’s cards.  Depending on where blackjack is being played, cards are either dealt face up, referred to as shoe; or facedown. In either situation however, the dealer always has one of their cards faced up so players can see.  

The first move for any player is to place your bet. As always we recommend setting a limit so that you only bet what you can truly afford. Then the dealer will hand out 2 cards to everyone at the table, including himself. Players can say ‘hit me’ to dealt additional cards that will increase their hand value if they wish. As we previously explained, a player can win if they get closer to 21 than the dealer can. However they can lose by either having a hand of less value, or going bust. This is where they exceed 21 and immediately lose their bet placed. 

Blackjack is a game of patience, skill and prediction. Once players start, it’s very straightforward and can prove to be an extremely high risk – high reward game that’s worth playing.

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