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Most people have played Blackjack at one time or another. If you have already played and just need a quick refresher on the rules, skip to the videos below. Otherwise, read on for a brief written summary of the game rules.

If you are interested in playing Blackjack, there are certain basics that you should be aware of. Blackjack is considered as one of the most popular casino table game in the US and also in other countries worldwide. In order to succeed in Blackjack, you should learn the basic strategies for standing, hitting, splitting and doubling down. By learning all the fundamentals, it can greatly help while playing Blackjack and will surely increase your chances of winning. Casinos in places like Las Vegas usually sell the basic strategies on a wallet-sized card. It only costs a couple dollars but can save you hundreds. Do yourself a favor and buy one, and follow its advice. Dealers usually let you consult the card at the game table.

Blackjack is basically played by utilizing one or more standard 52 card decks. Each denomination assigned with a point value. The cards from 2 up to 10 are worth their face value. As for the kings, queens, and jacks, they are worth 10 while the aces can be used as either 1 or 11. The main objective is to draw cards closer to 21, without exceeding than the dealer’s cards.

The game is generally played at an arc shaped table that can accommodate up to seven players outside and the dealer on the inside. In one corner, there is a rectangular notice that showcases the smallest and the maximum bets.

The game starts once you place a bet by stacking chips or a chip in the betting square on the table in front of you. Once all the bets are placed, each player as well as the dealer is provided two cards. Once all the cards have been dealt, the players will decide in turn on how to play out their hands. Once all the players are done, the dealer now follows based on the set rules: The dealer will draw additional cards to get a sum of 16 or less and should remain on any sum of 17 or more.

As for the players, if one will hit, you will receive another card or cards in order to get closer to 21. On the other hand, if the entire value surpasses 21 after opting to hit, the player is bust or loses the bet.

If the player stands, you decide not to draw any more cards hoping that the present total will defeat the cards of the dealer.

The player can also choose double down or double the original bet and obtain only one more card despite of the denomination. You can double down by acquiring a chip or chips that are equal to the amount of your original bet and adding them next to your bet.

If the player has two cards of the same denomination, you can decide to make a second bet that is equal to your first and split the pair and using each card as the initial card in a separate hand.

Once the dealer’s face up card is an ace, you can opt to take insurance. This is basically a bet that the dealer possesses a 10 value card down to complete a Blackjack. The insurance can be taken for half the original bet and pays 2-1 if the dealer has a Blackjack. The overall effect is that if you win the insurance you took and lose the hand, you still end up even. Dealers will usually advise players to take insurance if the player has a Blackjack, though mathematically speaking this is the wrong move and the smart player will ALWAYS decline insurance.

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