How to play blackjack?

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Blackjack is a very popular game and previously, people used to play it in land-based casinos. Now online blackjack has become popular and people can play the game at any time when they are free. The websites are available for 24 hours so there is no restriction on timing. In this article, we will deal with the method of playing the game.

Placement of bets and dealing the cards

The game is played on a semicircular table and players have the option to play one or more hands. A maximum of seven players are allowed to play the game. The main aim of the game is to defeat the dealer. The players having the cards should be summed up to or close to 21. The sum must also exceed the sum of the cards of the dealer. After the placement of bets, the dealer has to signal that no more bet should be placed now. Each player receives to cards and the dealer deals one card at a time to each player in a clockwise direction. All the cards of all the players are face up but in the case of dealer, one card is face up and the other is face down.

Insurance

If the dealer has two cards ace and ten, its sum is 21 and in such a case, players can opt for insurance. Insurance is a side bet but i t has no relation with the final result. If a player chooses insurance, he has to place the bet of half the amount of his original bet. If the dealer has bet, then the player who placed the insurance is the winner. If the dealer has blackjack, then all other player lose and this is the end of the game. If players also have blackjack, then their betting amount is returned and the insurance amount is paid in the ratio of 2:1.

Actions to be taken in the game

Here are some of the actions, which the players need to take during the game.

Stand

After the cards are dealt, if a player is happy with the cards, he need to take this action and has to signal that he does not want to draw any other card. The next player to the left has to take the action.

Hit

This is an action in which a player needs to draw a card. Such a player has to scratch on the table to signal for the same. The dealer gives him a single card with face up. The player can hit again if the sum of his cards is less than 21 or he may opt for stand.

Double down

If a player has good cards, he can take this action in which he has to place the bet, which is equal to the original bet. Such a player will get one more face up card and then he has to choose stand, as no other choice is available for him.

Split

If the first two cards have the same rank, a player has the option of placing another bet and in such a case, he needs to split his hand into two. In such a case, the player receives additional cards to complete both the hands.

Surrender

If a player feels that he cannot win, he can surrender his cards. In such a case, half of his bet is returned.

Wrapping Up

This is the method of playing the game and players have to take action according to the cards they have.