How To Play Blackjack

Summer holidays are here and that means we are all looking to go away with our kids for the summer. We always take a pack of cards but I never know any card games except Blackjack! I need to learn more, but in the meantime here is a quick post about how to play Blackjack, or '21' because you can teach it to the kids.

 You get 52 cards in a standard deck. Cards 1-10 have a value of the number of the card. Then you get the aces, these have a value of 1 or 11, you can choose how much you want to use the card for.  Then you have some picture cards, these are worth 10 points.

Shuffle the deck of cards and then you give two cards to every player.  The player then looks at their two cards and decide what they want to do. Here are the rules.

Hit: You are given another card. You are able to hit until you go over 21, so you need to keep it as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you go over 21, you put your cards on the table for everyone to see and shout 'BUST'

Stand or stick: Keep your current cards and do nothing. You do not receive more cards, but this means you are happy with your cards and you don't have to ask for any more. 

These are the basic rules of the game and an easy version to play with kids, but if you want to play properly and make it more ruthless, there are some other rules to play by.

Take insurance: If the dealer is showing an ace, then you have the option to use this. You place a new bet that will then pay at 2-1 if the dealer does indeed have a blackjack. You lose your other bet (which would pay 1-1) but win the insurance, which means that you will break even.

Double down: You can now double your bet,  but you will only get one more card. This is generally only used when your initial two cards equal 8-11 or soft 12 to soft 19.

Split: This is where you can make two hands from your hand. If both cards are the same value. Tens, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are usually counted as 10 each. If you win on both of your hands then you will get double the amount of money. If only one wins, you break even. If both hands lose, you lose double the money. Split the hands by separating the cards and placing a duplicate bet.

Surrendering: In many casinos, you can just surrender as long as you do it before you play the game and after seeing if the dealer has the blackjack. You will lose half of your stake, but if you know that you're going to lose then you have nothing else to do. 

How To Play.

So you have your two cards, you take a peak and you have an ace and a 10 card. Stick on that, as you have 21. You could count the ace as a 1 and carry on playing, but you have a fantastic hand with 21. If you have a picture card and an ace, then that's Blackjack! Don't do anything, just stick. 

You have your two cards and they are 2 and 5, you will now hit for more cards making sure you don't go over 21. How much nerve do you have to carry on going? 

This is a game of nerve and you really need to think about what the other players have, you don't want to surrender if someone else has a worse hand than you and they win on it. 

When its gone around the table and everyone has either, hit, stuck or surrended, you turn your cards to reveal them to the other players. Everyone looks to see who has the highest hand and if someone has a Blackjack, then that wins the game above everything. And the money in the pot goes to them. 

Why Play Blackjack?

This is such an easy game to teach kids on holiday, they just need to have a few pennies to put in the pot on every hand and then they play the basic game. Its great to teach them about counting and a game of this makes learning fun. They can find out how many ways they can make 21 in a game. 

Adults can learn to play online, I know how to play basic Blackjack but when you join online games, you learn a lot quicker with the more advanced rules of the game. You can get online gambling deposit information, but please remember, if it's not fun to play anymore - walk away. Always gamble sensibly.