Blackjack Beginner Strategy: How to Play Blackjack
Welcome to the wonderful world of Blackjack. This simple two-person card-game is by far the most popular table game and can be found in casinos all over the world. People like Blackjack because it’s easy to learn, it requires a certain amount of skill, and if the optimal strategies are utilized, the house edge shrinks to under 1%. Before we get to the strategy, we’ll give you the lowdown on the game’s rules and how to play.
How to Win
To win a round of Blackjack, you must beat the dealer. You’ll both have a hand of at least two cards, and to win, you must have a higher score than the dealer, without going over 21 points. The value of each card is covered below.
How to play a round of blackjack at Bovada Casino:
- first choose how much to wager (or play for free) by selecting the $1, $5, $25, $100 and $500 chips at the bottom-right of the screen.
- Click “deal” to get a two-card hand. The dealer will also receive a two-card hand, with one card face-up and the second card face-down on the table. There’s no need to calculate your hand’s value; the numerical value of each hand is shown in white font on the table.
- Choose to Hit, Stand, Double, and if you have two of the same cards, you can also Split. If you’re playing six-deck blackjack, you can also Surrender. The Surrender, Split and Double options are explained in the rules.
- If the score of your two-card hand is low and you want to increase it by adding another card, click “Hit.” Conversely, if you believe the score of your two-card card is high enough to beat the dealer, click “Stand.”
- The dealer will also get the opportunity to hit or stand. At the end of the round, the dealer’s hand will be revealed, and the winner will be announced.
- Aces are worth 1 or 11.
- 2-10 have face value.
- Face cards are worth 10.
- The highest hand is a “blackjack,” which consists of one Ace and one 10-point card.
- In six-deck and single-deck blackjack, the dealer must hit on a soft 17. A soft 17 is a hand that has an 11-point Ace.
- In double-deck blackjack, the dealer must stand on a soft 17.
- The option to double will double your bet and deal you one final card.
- Surrendering forfeits the round and half of your wager.
- Being dealt two cards of equal value gives the option to split, meaning, you can split the two-card hand into two individual hands. Each hand will automatically receive a second card from the dealer, at which point, you choose whether to hit, stand or double for each hand.
- If you split Aces, you will only receive one additional card for each hand.
- Getting a 10 and Ace from a split hand results in a score of 21, not blackjack.
- You can split up to three hands.
- When the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, you will be asked if you want to make a side bet called Insurance, which is half of your original bet. If the dealer gets blackjack, and you lose the hand, your Insurance bet will pay you 2 to 1.