Preparing To Play Blackjack
Under standard Blackjack rules, every player will be going against the dealer, not each other. Blackjack, like many card games, has a bit of a mysterious origin. No one knows precisely when the game was created, but it is commonly believed the game was created in Spain. Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes wrote about characters playing Blackjack in one of his short stories.
You will be required to make hand signals rather than just announcing “hit” or “stand” to the dealer. This is to eliminate any confusion or ambiguity in what you choose, and also for the benefit of the ever-present surveillance cameras. If you go over 21, or “bust”, the dealer will collect your bet and remove your cards from the table immediately. A blackjack, or natural, is a total of 21 in your first two cards. A blackjack is therefore an Ace and any ten-valued card, with the additional requirement that these be your first two cards. If you split a pair of Aces for example, and then draw a ten-valued card on one of the Aces, this is not a blackjack, but rather a total of 21.
Some blackjack advice doesn’t fit neatly into the strategy and rules sections. When you play blackjack for real money online, transition to online casino blackjack with a live dealer as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Before you do so, practice blackjack online for free at a site like Bovada, Betway, or BetOnline, which allow practice mode blackjack in their software. The following blackjack tips focus on playing at online casinos. Remember that some rules found at land based casinos do not apply to the online casinos, which I’ll explain in the 5 Best Blackjack Tips below.
A quick way to pay is to grab a stack of chips the same color as the stack the player bet. Lay your stack next to theirs and cut it off at the same height as theirs with a quick swipe of your fingers. Deal one up card to each player, followed by a down card to the dealer. Then deal a second up card to each player, followed by the dealer’s up card. So you’ve built a blackjack table and now you want to have some friends over to show it off! You want to look like you know how to deal blackjack.
One person can be the dealer throughout play, or players can take turns. The dealer gives everyone, including himself, one card facedown. Some blackjack tables have a practice of discarding the first card from each new shoe before beginning play.
The tricky cards are the ones that add up to between 12 and 16. Remember that you are not only trying to score as close to 21 as possible, but you are trying to beat the dealer—so you have to check out the dealer’s cards, too. The problem is, you can only see one of his or her cards at this time and you have to do some guessing to figure out if you can beat him or her. You will lose your money by doing silly things with your hand. Yes, it is, with one being the dealer and the other being the player. The chances of you winning go up when there are fewer people playing.
If the dealer has an Ace showing, you can click the “Insurance” button . After all the players are finished, turn up your down card and push your cards to your RIGHT. Keep hitting by dealing cards towards your left until your total is 17 or higher. Do not overlap your cards like you do for the players, just deal them out next to each other in front of you, from right to left.