Blackjack is a type of casino game played with a standard deck of 52 cards. It is also played with several decks (six-deck game) involving 312 cards. The objective of the game is not to beat the players at the table but to beat the dealer’s hand by getting the count close to 21 without going over it.

The popularity of the game dates back to 1760 during World War I in France. The game back then was called as Vingt-et-un (21 in French). Blackjack has evolved since and has become a popular casino game worldwide. 

How to play Blackjack?

The game of Blackjack is quite easy to play. Initially, the dealer shuffles the cards and distributes them to each player. In the first deal, each player is dealt with two cards both faced down.

The dealer also deals himself two cards, one face down while the other card faces up. In Blackjack, each player plays a separate game and not against each other based on the cards dealt.

First, the dealer begins with the player on his left. The player has to draw a card and decide if the value can be closest to 21 without exceeding it. If the player’s card totals 21 before a dealer or any other player then he ends up winning. In cases where the value exceeds 21, it is considered a bust and the dealer wins regardless of the hand.

Players while drawing up the cards can decide if they want to stand with the existing card or draw another card. The dealer’s face-up card is one of the better indicators for players before drawing the second card. 

It is important to note that in Blackjack, the number cards hold the face value while the Ace card has a 10-point value. The King, Queen and jack also hold the face value of 10. 

What is splitting and doubling down in Blackjack?

Splitting in Blackjack is turning the two cards face-up side by side. In cases where a player is betting, splitting also involves placing another bet of identical value to the original bet.

Splitting in Blackjack is one of the important strategies. In the case where a player is dealt with two cards of value 8, he can split the hand. In cases where a player is dealt with another card value of 8, he can re-spit the cards and play three hands by moving that card alongside the two other cards. However, casino rules vary and sometimes, players may not be allowed to re-split.

Meanwhile, Doubling-down in Blackjack refers to doubling the size of the original bet. It is one of the popular strategies used in casinos. Punters can do doubling-down by turning the cards face-up and placing another bet equivalent to the initial bet. 

What are the strategies to play Blackjack

Blackjack is a card game played against the dealer. Some of the strategies while playing Blackjack include:

  • Players always need to hit the hand that totals 11 or lesser. 
  • In case where the card value is 17 and more, players need to stand over it and not draw another card. 
  • In case where the value of the card is between 12 and 16, players need to decide whether to hit or stand depending on the dealer’s face-up card. If the dealer has a value of 7 or more, players can hit else stand. 
  • Players should always attempt to split in case of an Ace or if the value of the card is 8. 
  • Players need to make sure they do not split the card for values like 4,5 or 10. 
  • For value of 11, players need to double-down. 
  • Players should double-down in cases where they have a value of 10 and the dealer has a value of 2 or 9. 

Which are the popular sites to play Blackjack?

Betway and 10CRIC are two of the popular sites to play Blackjack. The bookmakers provide exciting bonuses and offers to their customers.