How Do I Play Blackjack?

This question is the first step  to becoming an amazing blackjack player. Nobody was born knowing how to play blackjack, and everybody has to grasp the basics before they moved onto more complicated strategy.

Blackjack is what’s called a ‘comparing’ card game, in the same group of games as Baccarat. In blackjack, the player is not playing against other players but against the dealer, who represents the casino’s interest. The dealer gives each player at the table two cards which are valued on a points system, with face cards counting as ten points. The objective of the game is to get an overall hand that amounts to 21 points. This can be achieved by adding more cards to your hand by ‘hitting’ (asking the dealer for another card) but be careful, because you could ‘bust’, or get a total hand whose value is over 21. This can happen to either the player or the dealer, making the other person the winner even if their hand is less than 21 points in value. If neither hand busts or hits 21, the highest scoring hand wins. If the dealer and the player have the same amount of  points, it’s known as a push and usually results in the player’s bet being returned.

Plenty of variations of blackjack exist, but usually the dealer will hit their own hand until they get 17, then stop. It is considered immature to ask “Why are you hitting yourself?” while this occurs.

Last modified: July 15, 2021