The game blackjack, or twenty-one as some call it, is a challenging card game where the object is to be dealt cards with a point total as close to the number 21 without going over. The same rules apply to online blackjack.
The cards use their number as their value points. The cards’ suits have no effect on the number value. Face cards such as King, Queen, or Jack are worth 10 points while the Ace is either valued at 1 or 11. An example would be a Queen and a 2 would be 12, a King and a five would be fifteen, an Ace and a seven can be either 8 or 18, etc. Since the Ace has two different values, there are two types of hands in blackjack.
A hardhand is referred to a hand that holds no Aces and all the cards have only one value. A hand that has at least one Ace is referred to as a softhand because the value of the cards is flexible.
If the player is dealt a hand and the cards total a number where counting an Ace as 11 would put the player over 21, then the hand becomes a hardhand and the Ace is given its lower value of 1. The cards are dealt out by the table’s dealer who is also trying to get close to 21. In order to win the game, a player’s cards must be higher than the dealer’s without going over 21. The player gets their card first. If the player’s card total more than 21, then the player automatically goes busts and the dealer wins. Even if the dealer ends up going over 21, the player still loses. If the dealer has a lower number than the player and the player hasn’t gone over 21, then the player wins. If the player and the dealer tie, then no one wins. If at the beginning of the game, the player receives an Ace and a 10 card, then the player automatically wins unless the dealer ties.
A blackjack table can seat up to six players. The cards are made up of one, two, four, six, or eight decks. They are shuffled together and dealt out of what is called a ‘shoe’. There are some casinos that use a machine that continually shuffles the cards. In games where only one or two decks are used, the dealer usually holds the cards while he deals them out. In these types of games, the cards are dealt face down and the player is allowed to pick the cards up. In a game where the cards are dealt out of a shoe, the player is not allowed to touch the cards.
At an online casino, the players are of course virtual and the deck of cards gets shuffled after each hand is played. At a live casino, the game takes place on a semi-circle table where each player has a circle or square of their own for their cards. The player will make their wager and go head to head with the dealer. So it may sound like a simple game but to be a good blackjack player there is a lot more to it than that.