### How to Play Blackjack – Basic Strategy

The cards are dealt. You look at your cards, which are a face card and a 10, and you decide whether to be more aggressive and double the stake. If you have a 10 and a face card instead of a 10 and a face card, then you would probably get another card. This is called hitting. If your hand value is more than the dealer’s face card, you would win the game. These possibilities are summed up in the term blackjack. To get an advantage over the casino, the player has to understand the probability of getting certain cards. Knowing this, the player can determine how to play the game to increase his chances of winning. Face cards are valued as 10. Although counting cards is illegal, it’s widely used in blackjack games because of its accuracy. If a player knows the cards’ probability of getting a total of 21 (or more), he can more easily decide whether to be more aggressive or less aggressive. To make the game easier, some casinos mark their cards with a small “C” if it’s a value of 10 or if it’s a picture card (which is 10). Players can bet based on his hand’s value or the dealer’s face card or number if it’s a value of 11. Bets are to the players or to the dealer without taking turns. If the hand is a value of 21, it’s considered a push, and nobody wins the game. If the hand is a value of 18 or less, the first two cards are considered a push. After all the bets are placed, two cards are dealt by the dealer to himself and all the players. The cards are together known as the dealer’s hand. All the players’ hands are compared. If the hands are a tie, then the bet is returned to the person who placed the bet in the first hand. The person with the hand value closest to 21 or all the cards in the range value up to 21 wins the game. If the hands are a tie then the bet is returned to the bettor. When the player beats the dealer, the bet is swept away less a 5% of the bet that was placed. If the dealer beats the player, the bet is swept away 5% of the bet placed. Betting Options There are many betting options in blackjack. Nearly all casinos offer one of three bets. There are House Bet, Player Bet, and Deck Bet. The House bet is placed behind the player and stays there. All the players are dealt numbers ranging from 2 to 10 and must place a bet in the range of \$X to \$X. If the total of the first two cards is equal to the number on the first two cards then the player has a free card, an additional card, and a chance to get more cards. The House bet stays behind the player. The Player bet is placed in the center of the table and draws until it wins or goes to the Dewacasino. The player can either bet on the banker’s card, on his own card, or bet on a tie. Depending on the casino, the X and Y cards are oftenoyal. On the first deal, the dealer usually gives one card to the player and one card to the dealer. The player then has a choice: he can stay with the cards he has or he can get new cards. If the new cards give the player a total value greater than that of the dealer’s total value, the player wins. The house edge is about 2.5% for these bets. Under most circumstances, players can double down on any number of their cards. For example, if a player has two cards of the same number, such as two eights, he can split them. This puts the player and the dealer in aoserundisguessed total of cards. The dealer has no option to do anything about it. If the dealer is not impressed with the player’s two cards and there are more cards of the same number in the player’s hand, the dealer usually goes for a reminded game. The reminded game is usually played with a single deck of cards. There are other bets in blackjack, but they are difficult to find and they represent waste of money. The French Lick is a bet on the first dozen. If the first dozen is a tie, the player wins even money. The minimum bet starts at 5 dollars. If a player loses, he must bet double the previous bet or else go for a bonus. In the bonus position, the player is dealt two more cards. This situation is very favorable to the players. The American Baccarat is the best bet in the casino. If the banker draws a natural blackjack, the player loses but the banker gets a disadvantage of 0.06 % to 0.98 %.