Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games, deservedly so. In summary, the objective of the game is to draw cards that total the number 21 or are as close to 21 as possible. The player wins only if his accumulated points are higher than the dealer’s points.
The points system of Blackjack is organized as follows: Kings, Queens and Jacks all count as 10, whereas an Ace can be either 1 or 11, depending on your choice – the idea is to use the Ace at your advantage. All other cards count as their face value.
A short example:
A King card + 2 + 5 equals 17 points.
9 + an Ace card equals either 20 or 10, depending on your preference.
There is no limit to the number of cards that are being drawn. However, the rule is that the total point count should not be lesser than 12 and absolutely must not exceed 21.
In case the House’s first card is an Ace, you have the special option of making an “Insurance”. An Insurance will provide you with a countermeasure against the House having a possible Blackjack before you.
Blackjack or Nature 21: When the total points summed by your two initial cards equal 21, the House will pay you at an odds of 3 to 2. Example: Ace + King/Queen/Jack or Ace + 10.
Soft 21: A Soft 21 is when the total point count of the cards in your hand equals 21, aside from your two initial cards. Note that a Blackjack will always override a Soft 21.
Example of a Soft 21: The first two cards that you draw are Ace + 5 (16 points), and then your third card is yet another 5, amounting the points to 21.
Hit: A situation in which additional cards are required.
Stand/Stay: A situation in which no additional cards are required.
Double Down: A player may double down on any total with the initial two cards.