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Blackjack history and basic game play

BlackJack originated in French casinos around 1700 where it was called "vingt-et-un". Translated means "twenty & one". BlackJack is named as such because if a player got a Jack of Spades and an Ace of Spades as the first two cards; Spade being the color black of course, the player was additionally paid

BlackJack became the primary game of chance offered to gamblers. Today blackjack is one of the most popular casino games available taking its place alongside your slots site, bingo site and poker site. The object of the game is to beat the dealer holding a total equal to or less than 21, without going over 21 or as it's is better known as busting.

BlackJack rules can differ from casino to casino, it is important to review the rules for each casino you.

Today blackjack is one of the most popular casino games available taking its place alongside slots, bingo poker and poker-casino games like Caribbean stud poker

Rules of the Game:

Before any cards are dealt the player must wager. One does this by placing a bet in the designated space in front of the table position

The dealer then deals two cards to the player and two to himself (one of the dealer's cards is dealt face up and one is dealt facing down)

Face cards kings, queens and jacks count as 10, ace counts as one or 11 as the player chooses and all other cards are counted at their face value

Blackjack if the player's first two cards are an ace and a 10 or face card, is a win. However, if the dealer also has a blackjack it is a standoff, as are all ties or pushes

A winning blackjack pays the player 3 to 2

Hit or Stand Hit

Means to draw another card and Stand means no more cards. If the player hits and busts; goes over 21, the hand is lost

Double Down

The player is allowed to double the bet on the first two cards and draw one additional card only to improve the hand

Splitting Pairs

If the first two cards a player is dealt are a pair the player may split them into two separate hands, bet the same amount on each and then play them separately. Aces receive only one additional card. After splitting, A-10 counts as 21 and not as blackjack


If the dealer's up card is an ace, the player may take insurance a bet not exceeding one-half of his original bet. If the dealer's down card is a 10 or any face card, the player wins 2 to 1. Any other card means a win for the dealer

The Dealer

The dealer must draw on 16 & stand on 17. Some casinos the dealer is required to draw on soft 17

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