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Now that you know what Black Jack is, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the Black Jack game rules:

1) The goal of blackjack is to come as close as you can to the # 21 as possible, or to reach that number.

2) If you do not reach the number 21, then your next objective is to get to a number closer to # 21 than the person dealing. In blackjack, the other players around do not matter; this is a game between each player and the blackjack dealer.

3) The cards 2 to 9 are taken at face value, each number indicates the number of points they are worth. An Ace is worth either 1 or 11 points.

The face cards are counted as 10 points as well as the cards numbered 10. The card's suit does not matter in blackjack. Your hand's value is the total of the card points. For example, a hand comprising a 3, 4 and 8 would be 15.

4) Because the Ace has 2 values depending on which is most useful to you the calculations gets a little tricky sometimes.

So, if your hand have an Ace and a 5, you can have 16 points or 6 points. If you call for ome more card and get a 6, it is obvious your ace is being used as a 1 and not an 11 causing you to bust.

5) You could stand with only an Ace and a 6 and the assumption would be you have 17 which clearly is nearer to 21 than 7 points.

6) A soft 17 refers to a hand with an ace and a 6. A hard 17 would be an ace, a 6 and a 10. In other words a soft hand is when the ace can be used as either 1 or 11 and still not bust the hand.

7) The dealer deals from the left passing around the table 2 times so that all players end up with 2 cards each.

8) The dealer only shows one of his cards.

9) Play starts with first base who is the 1st player to the dealer's left. After all the players have decided what they wish to do then the dealer makes his decsion ( within his rules ) and shows and then the winnings are collected or paid out as the case may be.

10) The dealer is limited in his options, he cannot split pairs and he must take more cards until he makes 17 or more points.
Some casinos have rule variations which they advertise upfront and you should take note of it.

11) One of these rules is the dealer must stand on 17 points, he cannot take any more cards. If he has an ace it must be used as 11 unless it would bust him. Some casinos have a rule stating dealer can hit on a soft 17 but most stand on a soft 18 or more.

12 A natural Blackjack is when you make 21 points from your first 2 cards only with an ace and any 10 point card.

13) All other combinations of 21 are not Blackjack but rather 21. This is important for payment purposes, because a blackjack pays 3:2 whilst 21 pays 1:1. Do note however that a blackjack from a player will always beat a dealer having 21.

14) Players have several options after they receive their first 2 cards, they can stand, hit, split pairs, surrender, double down and even take insurance. Dealers do not have all these options.

15) Surrendering means folding your hand after getting the first 2 cards because they are so bad. When you do this you lose half your bet. There is early surrender and later surrender.

Casinos rarely offer the early option because it's too much of an advantage to the player. Early option is before dealer checks to see if he has a blackjack. The late option is after the dealer checks and he does not have blackjack the option is offered to the players.

16) Hit means calling for another card. To stand means you do not want any more cards.

17) Doubling down is only allowed after you receive your first 2 cards and you have seen the dealers face card. In such a case you can double your bet but you will only receive one more card.

18) You can split pairs if your initial 2 cards are guess what - a pair! in value of course. This gives you the option of creating 2 winning hands.

19) Insurance offers 2:1 odds and is really considered a sidebet to the original bet. It is taken as protection against the dealer having blackjack.

20) The even money insurance ensures the player gets something back but never the total amount he could have won had he not taken insurance.

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