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Blackjack Basics and More

May 30th, 2010

Online blackjack, sometimes known as twenty-one, is the most popular table game in online casinos. This is because of a combination of factors. The basic game is easy to learn, the player has a certain amount control and the odds can actually move to the players favor.

The goal in online blackjack is to have the value of the cards in your hand come closer to twenty one than the dealer’s hand without going over. The other players at the table are also playing against the dealer. They are not playing against each other. The fact that they do not play against each other makes the game more fun. Everyone is on the same team trying to beat the dealer. Players can choose to take more cards when it is their turn. They make their decision depending on their own cards as well as the dealers cards. There is a basic strategy card that defines when a player should hit, stand, double down or split. While this card is mathematically correct for a single deck, the past history of the shoe should be taken into account.

The dealers decisions are strictly laid out and they cannot deviate. This means that the dealer does not make any decisions regarding his strategy. There are many variations on the basic game of blackjack, but in the most common casino version dealers have to hit when their hand totals sixteen or less. They have to stand when their hand totals seventeen or more. This is described as Dealer stands on seventeen. Make sure to check that you check the table rules before playing. These are normally posted on the table or available as a popup window at an online casino.

You will need to understand the value of the cards. In blackjack an ace counts as either one or eleven. The numbered cards between two and ten are valued as shown. This means that a two is worth two, a three is worth three and so on. Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth ten. If your hand is closer to twenty one than the dealers without going over you win. A winning hand pays even money unless it is a blackjack. Even money means that for every dollar that you bet you win the same amount. So, a ten dollar bet would pay you ten dollars. Blackjack is when your first two cards equal twenty one. This can be any face card or ten and an ace. A blackjack pays one and a half to one. In this case a ten dollar bet would pay you fifteen dollars. The exception to this rule is if the dealer also gets blackjack.

When both the player and the dealer get blackjack, it is a push. On a push the player gets back his original bet and does not receive any payout on the hand. Both land based casinos and online casinos will offer insurance to the players when the dealer shows an ace. Insurance is a side bet of up to one half of the original bet and pays two to one. If we use the example of a ten dollar bet again, you will be able to take insurance for five dollars. If the dealer gets blackjack the insurance bet will pay you ten dollars. The chances of the dealer getting blackjack once they show and ace is one in three. Since the odds are three to one and the bet only pays out two to one this is considered a sucker bet and should be avoided.

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Real Live Casino Blackjack Basics

February 11th, 2010

Once you have selected a blackjack table to play in, you need to exchange your cash money for playing chips which are color coded according to what value they have. (When you have won, you can exchange the chips you won for actual money afterwards.) Try to just exchange the amount of money you feel comfortable betting with (which is also useful for staying within a comfortable budget – so that you have enough money to hail a taxi cab home with if you should happen to be on a losing streak this night.)

Remember that no dealer in a legitimate casino is authorized to accept cash money from you (or any player for that matter.) You may have to wait until the dealer starts shuffling the deck or decks to be used for play before you can join in a game, or wait until a seat at a crowded table becomes free. Since even the best and largest casinos get crowded on any given night, you may have to arrive early to get a good seat at an appropriate table.

Some casinos make you head for a counter where you can exchange your cash for chips (or chips for cash.) But at other casinos, the dealer at the blackjack table himself is permitted to exchange your cash for chips right there. But you are not permitted to give the cash outright to the dealer – usually, you must place your cash on the felt surface of the table so the dealer will reach for it then count out your chips based on the equivalent value. You cannot get change for your cash, because the dealer will only drop in the cash money into a slot in the table itself. If you are betting $5 per bet, you may find the buy-in to be at least $50 to $100 (or the equivalent of multiples of 10 or 20 times what you bet.)

You may eventually become familiar with how gambling chips are color coded, as you use them through time. The $1 chips may either be pure white or silver, $5 chips are color red, $25 chips are colored green, and the $100 chips are colored black (as is usually practiced in US casinos.) If the casino still uses the $2.50 chip, it may be colored pink. There could also be $500 chips which might be colored purple. Be sure that you check your chips if you received the right color and value for the cash you submitted for exchange. If you have been winning a lot and have accumulated quite a lot of chips, ask if the casino has a pouch or tray on which you can place your chips so that you can bring them to the counter for exchange, or simply ask the dealer what casino policy is on claiming your winnings. The dealer may want to get your smaller-denomination chips to exchange for larger value chips before you bring them for exchange to the cashier window. It is unlikely that the dealer will be allowed to give you your winnings in cash at the table itself, for security reasons.

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