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Blackjack is a very simple but interesting casino game. There are only a few basic rules of play in blackjack that you have to learn before sitting at the table. Before any cards are dealt, the blackjack player must bet. He does this by placing his bet in the marked space in front of his table position.
After that the croupier deals two cards to each of the blackjack players, and two to himself. One of the croupier’s cards is dealt face up and one is dealt facing down. Players cards may be dealt either face up or face down. If the player’s first two cards are an ace and a 10 or face card, he wins. If the croupier also has a blackjack, it is a standoff, as are all ties or pushes. A winning blackjack pays the player 3 to 2 odds.
The objective of this game is to draw cards totaling closer to 21 than the dealer draws, without going over 21. Going over 21 is called busting. If you have more than 21 on you hand, you automatically lose even if the dealer busts. Blackjack is usually played with one, two or up to eight decks of cards. The cards are dealt face up to the player and you are not allowed to touch your cards. Card suits have no meaning in blackjack.
Most of the casino players think blackjack is a game of chance, but it is as much a game of skill as anything. You have to know that casinos make most of the money at the table games via blackjack. When someone reports a big win at the blackjack tables, it is great advertising.
Blackjack can be played successfully by using variations on the basic strategy developed by a group of mathematicians in the ’50s.