Blackjack

Knowledge of the Game Blackjack

April 1, 2018

Do you know what Blackjack is? Do you know what you’re doing when you sit at a Blackjack table? I hope you do. A lot of people go to a casino and think they know the game. Yet, some of them don’t realize that when the dealer has Blackjack and they have 21 with three or four cards, that the dealer wins the hand. They think it’s a tie. I hear people ask dealers, “Do I win with five-card Char­ lie?” “Do you still have surrender?” “Do you hit 17?” “Can I split this hand?”. I can’t believe these people are willing to put their money in front of them without knowing the rules of the game?

There are card counting strategies and other subtleties of the game which are best taught in a school. Attempt to fine-tune your game in certain areas and emphasize a conservative style of playing. I also promise to make you an expert in Money Management and Discipline if you are willing to faithfully obey the rules in those sections.

What is Blackjack? Blackjack is an Ace, and either a 10, Jack, Queen, or King. The object of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you wind up with a hand that’s higher than the dealer’s, and you didn’t exceed 21, you win and get an even money payoff for your bet, and in mo st casinos you’ll get 3-2 for getting a Blackjack (as long as the dealer doesn’t have one). All of the cards in the deck are equal to their face value, except for the Ace. The Ace can count for 1 or 11, at the discretion of the player. As for the dealer, if he has a “soft” 17 he must stand. This is because the rules in Atlantic City and Las Vegas state that the dealer must stand on all counts of 17 hard or soft. A hard 17 is a 10 and a 7—a soft 17 is an Ace and a 6. When you have an Ace in your hand, it is called a soft hand because you have the option of using the Ace in a soft or flexi­ble manner, either as a 1 or 11. For example, if you had 2-A- 2-3-A, your hand would total 9 (if you count both Aces as one) or 19 (if you count the first Ace as one and the second as 11).