As the legend goes, the game of blackjack originated in France over 300 years ago. The ground rules of blackjack are simple and straightforward. Once you master the ground rules, you can read about basic strategy.
Ground Rules of Blackjack
A picture card is counted as 10, a card from 2-10 is counted at its face value, and an ace can be counted as either 1 or 11. A "hard hand" is a hand that does not contain an ace or contains an ace that can only be counted as 1 so as not to bust. A dealer's ace always counts as 11.
Hit: "Give me another card!"
Stand: "No more cards!"
Double Down: "Give me ONLY one more card, and double my bet!"
Split: "Make two hands out of my pair!" Your initial wager will be placed on one hand, and a second wager of equal value will be placed on the second hand.
Insurance: If the dealer's upcard is an ace, you will be given the option of placing a side-bet, called insurance. When the dealer shows an ace, he is considered to have a good chance of having blackjack.
Blackjack: The Secret of Success
In order to determine which basic strategy chart applies to the blackjack table at A casino, these house rules are important:
Basic Strategy Chart
Here are some strategies. No matter what the dealer's upward is:
If you're going sit down at a blackjack table to play at a traditional casino, it's advisable to memorize the correct chart. However, you should always print out the basic strategy chart and keep it handy as a reference tool while you play.
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