Blackjack Table

Its very likely you have heard of Blackjack, everybody has, and it is a staple live casino game. But having no experience playing it is understandable. If this is the case this feature should get you started on your way to becoming a Blackjack expert.

History of Blackjack

The rules of blackjack are straightforward and require minimal memorization. You will need a standard deck, though casinos often use multiple decks for faster gameplay (which keeps the game going). The simplicity makes it easy to find friends you can play with at home or in a casino, which has helped maintain its popularity for over 300 years!

In the early 1700s, a game called Blackjack was first developed by French Casinos. The name of this card-playing game comes from “Vingt-et-Un” which means Twenty One in English. Historians believe that it derived from Chemin de Fer – an earlier form of Baccarat very popular at the time.

Rules of Blackjack

Games of Blackjack in brick and mortar establishments involve all player sat around a table as the dealer stands, each player is dealt 2 cards of different values with the goal of getting as close to 21 as possible without going over. The card values include:

  • Ace (1 or 11, you decide)
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • Jack (10)
  • Queen (10)
  • King (10)

Once the cards are dealt players have the option to Hit, Stick, Double down or Split, this means:

  • Hit, be dealt an additional card in the hope of getting closer to 21.
  • Stick, do not receive any more cards and keep the ones you have.
  • Double down, be dealt an additional card in return for doubling the stake set.
  • Split, break the hand into 2 separate hands and play with both, only possible if the player is dealt a pair to begin with.

Hands in Blackjack

After each player has had their got the dealer will then reveal the houses hand, this must beat the players hand without exceeding 21. If the house draws with a player’s hand this is called a Push and all money is returned to the player. Pay-outs in Blackjack are normally 1/1 so a £5 stake would give the player £10 if they won, although a Blackjack in the first 2 cards will change the return to 3/2. A Blackjack is when a player gets an Ace and picture card (10) on their first 2 cards thus equalling 21.

Where to Play Blackjack

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