Sometimes called 21, blackjack is one of the most popular betting games in casinos around the world. Blackjack appeals to a wide demographic because it‘s easy to understand, and a person of any age or skill level can play it. Similar to other betting games, blackjack is subject to many variants and house rules, but they’re all based on the classic game of 21. In short, the object of the game is to get the total value of your cards as close to 21 as possible without going over. Also referred to as busting, going over means that you’re out and your bets go to the dealer.
Setting Up and Playing Blackjack
Blackjack can be played with any number of people, but many games are limited to about four or five players. In a game with three players and a designated dealer, the players would set up on one side of a table and the dealer would take his place on the other side with a deck of cards and any extra betting chips. Each player makes an initial bet while the dealer distributes one card to each player face up and one card face down. The first card stays face up for the rest of the hand while the face down card is revealed at the end of the round. After the cards are distributed, each player either takes additional cards or stands with the two cards they have. At the end of the round, the dealer and the players reveal their cards. At the end of the round, the player whose hand is closest to 21 wins the bet. In the event of a tie between the dealer and a player, the win usually goes to the dealer.
Blackjack Lingo and Special Signals
After receiving their initial cards, players have three standard options, and each option has its own corresponding hand signal. Some variations have other signals, but the majority of Blackjack players will only use these three:
- Hit – Take another card from the deck. The signal is to tap your finger against the table or move your hand towards your body.