How to Win at Blackjack


Whether you are a new player or a seasoned blackjack player, there are a few rules that will help you win at the game. The goal of the game is to beat the dealer by accumulating cards close to 21, preferably by getting closer to that total than the dealer. The most important cards are the aces and the tens. The value of the cards is the number of the card, with face cards counting as 10, and aces counting either as one or eleven.

The objective of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible, and this is done by determining the best hand you can get by accumulating cards that are close to 21, while the dealer’s hand is close to 21, or by having a better total than the dealer’s. If the player and the dealer have the same point value, then the hand is a push. If neither player or dealer has a blackjack, the player wins. This hand is called a natural, and the player will usually be paid at least three to two on the bet. If the player has a natural, the dealer does not take any of the bets.

The player may split their hand if they receive two cards of the same rank. After splitting, the player can then choose to draw more cards, or to continue playing. Depending on the rules of the game, some games may require the player to double their bet before drawing additional cards. This is a strategy that is often used in tournaments, and allows players to get more bets out in a favorable situation.

The player can also choose to buy insurance. Insurance is a side bet that pays 2 to 1. Insurance is only offered when the dealer shows an ace. Usually the dealer’s ace is face down, but it can also be face up. Buying insurance is a bad idea if the player does not know the dealer’s hole card, as the house edge is higher. Buying insurance is an unwise bet for players with a natural, because a natural is usually paid at least three to two.

The player can also choose to have the dealer hit. The dealer checks to see if the hole card is an ace, and if so, the dealer will hit. The dealer then waits until the end of the hand, and then looks at the down card. If the dealer has a blackjack, the dealer will check for it. If he has a blackjack, the player will win. Occasionally, the dealer will bust. If the dealer busts, the player will also lose.

The player may also choose to surrender, which is when the player gives up half of their bet before the dealer checks their hand. This option is often used to avoid a total that is too high. After the dealer checks their hand, if the player has a total that is too high, the player may choose to surrender the rest of their bet. This option is rarely used in standard blackjack games, but it can be used in some “blackjack-like” games.