Overview & Basics
Blackjack has been in the forefront of gambling for some time now. The term blackjack refers to a combination of black ace, and a black jack, and the term was affixed permanently. Blackjack is simple in execution, and the nuances provide a lifetime of possibilities and opportunities to master. Online Blackjack is as popular as almost any game available, and the variations of play range from one player versus the house/dealer, to multiple players competing against the house/dealer in fast paced tense battles.
In essence, the object of Blackjack is to have the highest hand without surpassing 21. Though this is the case, the highest hand wins. If a player or the dealer exceeds 21, then that hand “busts” or loses automatically. In Blackjack, the dealer always stands on a hand of 16 or better. In the case of the dealer standing, the player must hit until they beat the dealer’s hand or until they bust.
In blackjack, every card is worth its face value, except for the named cards which are the king, queen, jack and ace. The ace has a value of either one, or 11 depending on the player’s choice. The other cards are worth 10.
How to Play
Blackjack is played by the dealer dealing two cards to the player(s) and dealer. Both of the cards dealt to the player are dealt face up, while the second card that the dealer receives is placed face up. Betting is done before the round begins.After the cards are dealt, the player will decide if they will stand, hit, double down or split. The options for each hand are below:
Hit: the player or dealer receives another card from the dealer
Stand: the dealer or player agrees to keep the amount of cards they currently have
Double down: this strategy can only be made after the deal and no later in the hand. The player is able to double their initial bet and only receives one additional card.
The Split: this strategy is also only available immediately after the deal. If the player’s hand has two cards of equal value, they are able to split their hand in to two hands. Two cards are then dealt to the player, with one card placed on each hand.
Betting Options & Systems
Blackjack, though a game of chance, has certain opportunities to take advantage of smart play. Though no clear-cut systems exist, smart play can be used to minimize house odds and maximize chances to be successful. Below are overviews of some of the more common and utilized betting systems available.
In the Paroli system, you make an initial bet of $5. If that bet wins, the player would then take the initial bet plus the winnings and bet that on the next hand. After three cycles completes, the player would then set the winnings aside, and start the system over.
The Martingale system
One of the more popular, or well-known system is known as the Martingale system. This strategy involves increasing a bet after every loss. Bets are doubled after every loss to compensate for the previous losses endured. The second part of the system states that every time a player wins, the money is pocketed, or set aside. This system seems to reinforce the questionable strategy of chasing a loss, or sending good money after bad by attempting to compensate for previous losses by upping the amount bet instead of cutting losses or staying consistent with a betting strategy. This strategy is favoured and most likely best suited for players with large banks or large amounts of money to risk.
This system is named after Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, a French mathematician and scholar. With D’ Alembert method, a bet is decreased by one unit after a win, and increased by one after a loss. d’Alembert wrote a paper on dynamics and that expanded on Newton’s third law. This could have come into the application of the system that has his name.
Pay-outs in Blackjack are typically in the 1-1 variety, though different online casinos do sometimes offer different pay-outs, or bonuses for natural hands of 21 or “Blackjack.” There are options for insurance in some casinos. Insurance is a side bet that pays if the dealer has a hand of 21, and the side bet is made before the deal. The pay-out in this instance is 2-1.
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The tip for Blackjack in the online and physical realm is to find reputable casinos and sites. Learn the game and understand that there is no certainty you will win and play smart.
Always have fun and if you are losing consistently, pull away from the computer or table and take a breather, and never spend more money than you have.
Study the game and learn from other more experienced players.