Blackjack is known as 21 and Pontoon. Blackjack is among the most played casino games in the world.
The rules are simple: You bet against the dealer, and the dealer gives you two initial cards which only you see. You look at the cards and decides whether you want another, hit, or if you prefer to stay.
The aim is to come as close as possible to 21.
If your two dealt cards is a ten and a queen you got 20. The you will stay. The dealer has to beat this sum in order to beat you. If you got 20, you will most likely win and the dealer will pass 21 and get busted.
After you got the two first cards you can choose to double down – double your initial bet. By doing this you will get just one more card from the dealer and you are playing with three cards.
If your two first cards are a pair (two cards with similar value) you can choose to split a pair. Your bet will be doubled and the dealer splits the card deck and assembles two playing hands with one bet on each.
The ace counts as 1 or 11. If you got an ace and 10,jack,queen or king, you got 21.
The rules for playing blackjack varies around, so you should read the rules before you get started.
If you get five cards below 21 it is the same as 21. If both you and the dealer get 21 (rare) the pot is shared. If the dealers first card is an ace you can choose to pay for insurance if the dealer got blackjack.
In some casinos you can surrender. This option gives the player the possibility to surrender the cards and let go half of his bet.
Blackjack is played with one card deck. So, you got 52 cards. By this simple fact you have a small advantage if you have a very good memory and are able to count cards and calculate possibilities. If the deck contains many 10s or aces a routined player will double his bet when he asks for a new card.
If you get to 5s as the first two cards you just have to double your bet. If next card is for example a jack, you got 20. If it is an ace you got 21 – or 11. Then, if the pot is large, you prefer to stay. If not, you should double again and ask for another card. Chances are big that the dealer will bust and you win optimal.
Payouts in blackjack is usually 3:2, but it is also common with 1:1, when you are playing for yourself against the dealer. A blackjack table usually sits seven players, and the the pot will grow bigger.