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A Quick Overview of the Basic Blackjack Rules
Blackjack is a popular game in any casino. The rules are pretty simple and the mix of skill and luck make the game very appealing to a lot of players. Everyone, especially contemporary players and beginners, needs to review the rules every once in a while. Here is a quick overview of the basic blackjack rules.
Each player's goal in blackjack is to beat the dealer. The goal isn't to get as close to 21 as you can, just beat the dealer's hand and you win. Think of the 21 as the edge of the cliff for your hand. You only get to check the other players' hands to figure out what cards have been dealt in a game of blackjack. You can make a statistical estimate of how much high cards or low cards are left in the deck.
Part of the rules of blackjack puts the value of the cards at their face value. Except for the face cards that are valued at Ten. Depending on the hand you're playing, an Ace would either take a value of one or eleven.
Initially when cards are dealt, blackjack players with a hand consisting of two cards. The same is true for the blackjack dealer. As part of the rules, the blackjack dealer will show one card to the players (i.e. the up card). The other card in the dealer's hand is left face down. The face down card will only be revealed when all players have finished their moves.
Given that little bit of information, blackjack players make their decisions. The rules of play in blackjack lets players take another card (i.e. hit) until they get a satisfactory total (or go over 21, a.k.a. bust) or Stand (i.e. stick to what the current total their hand holds).
When players go bust (i.e. going over 21) they automatically lose. If the blackjack dealer busts, then players win.
If you get a total of 21 on your starting hand you automatically win (this is called a blackjack).
Other rules of play include doubling (taking a last hit and then your bet is doubled) and splitting -- two cards of the same value are played as separate hands. An example would be when a pair of Eights are split into two separate hands adding a couple more cards to each Eight and making an equal bet for the new hand.
Players are allowed to double on each hand after a split. This doubles or quadruples a player's bet.
These are the basic rules of blackjack. The rest of the rules are just as simple but these are the ones that players need to get used to for smooth game play.