Playing Casino Blackjack

The game of casino blackjack is also known as 21. It is the most popular table game that you will find in the casino. Blackjack rules are fairly straightforward and with a bit of practice you can master blackjack strategy and learn how to win at the game. The rules for casino blackjack are the same if you play online or at land based casinos. Most online casinos will offer a large variety of blackjack variations however, so make sure that you are familiar with the variation that you choose to play.

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It is most important to learn the values of all of the blackjack cards. Cards 1 through 10 are worth their face value of 10 points, all the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are worth ten points and the Ace is worth either one or eleven depending on the value of your other cards. The aim of the game of casino blackjack is to hold a hand that is equal to 21 points or is as close to 21 points as possible without going over. If you go above 21 points, it is known as going bust.

To begin playing, players sit at a blackjack table and place their bets. The dealer will deal each of the players, and himself, two cards. The player is then expected to make a choice regarding how they will play out their turn. They can choose to stand, in which case they will be dealt no more cards and their turn will end or they can choose to hit, in which case the dealer will deal them another card and their turn will continue from there. They will continue to be presented with these same options until they choose the stand option to end their turn, they go over 21 points (go bust), they achieve a total of 21 points exactly and stand or the dealer has dealt them a total of 5 cards without them going over the maximum 21 points (in which case they should stand).

Once all players in the blackjack game have ended their turns, the dealer plays his hand. Players' hand values are compared only to the value of the dealer's hand. A hand consisting of an Ace and a card valuing 10 (such as a ten, or a face card) is considered "blackjack." This hand wins compared to any other hand that adds up to a total of 21 points (for example, a hand consisting of 8, 8 and 5) or any hands with a total value of less than 21. Players will then be paid if they have won or their bets will be collected if they lost.

It is worthwhile to learn some basic blackjack strategy before beginning to play blackjack. It is possible to find online blackjack games that allow players to play for free. These sites often offer players the ability to learn blackjack strategy and blackjack tips as well. This is an excellent option for the novice blackjack player as it gives them the opportunity to practice and improve their game before playing for real money.