Blackjack is just one of those games that needs no introduction. It has been the highlight of many casinos for years and will be for years to come. There are a few factors that intrigue people to a point where they want to play including it being easy to learn, strategy based and the fact that it has an extremely low house edge compared to other casino games.

Blackjack Basics

In blackjack, the aim of the game is to get a hand that is the closest to 21, or 21 itself, but without getting anything above 21. If a player gets a hand over the value of 21, they will be considered “bust” and they will lose their wager. A hand at 21 or under that beats the dealer is a winner.

Learning To Play Blackjack

Before a game of blackjack begins, the player must place a bet. Once this has happened, each player will receive two cards each that are face down. After each player has their set of cards, the dealer will deal one card to themselves face up. Players need to determine whether to stick with the cards that they have or to “hit” for more cards to get close, or to achieve a value of 21. Of course, with each attempt of getting closer to 21, the player risks going “bust” and losing their initial wager.

Once every player has decided what to do, the game really begins. Anyone that has gone bust will be removed from the hand and the dealer will deal another card. The dealer will stick at the first value above 16, or when they go bust. Using strategy, players have a good chance of reducing the house edge slightly and actually walking away with a profit that they have created, unlike many other casino games.

Learning What Blackjack Cards Are Worth

It is important to remember that in blackjack, the cards suit is of no relevance to the game. That being said, each card has a different value and face cards are particularly important. Here are the hand values:

  • The Jack, King, Queen and 10 have a value of 10.
  • An Ace can be valued at 1 or 11 depending on what the player needs.
  • Cards that are 2-9 are taken at face value. For example, a 3H is valued at 3.

Blackjack, unlike many games is helped along by the players skill. That being said, remember that winning in blackjack is certainly more about luck, than about skill.