Blackjack is said to have originated in French casinos which where it is called Vingt-et-un a French term for Twenty One. If a player held a Jack of Spades and an Ace of Spades as the 1st two cards, the player was paid out extra. So with a Jack being a vital card and Spades being black, hence the name Blackjack.

Of course, learning the game is the first thing you should know. Then after learning the game, you can now choose the betting option that you can wager your money. If you are going to play for real money, online blackjack is one of the best casino games to play because the house advantage is very low.

How to Play Blackjack

The dealer will be your only opponent in the game, regardless of other players present on the table. You win if you have higher points than the dealer once the game end without exceeding 21 points. If you exceed on 21, that is called "bust", which means you automatically lose the game. If both the dealer and the player is busted, the player losses. If the player and the dealer is tied, the bet is push.

The game will begin once a player place bets. The dealer will dealt two cards for the players, facing upward and one to himself. Then the dealer will dealt the second card to himself which is faced down. Then t is on the player's option if they wishes to hit or stand. A hit is when you ask for another card, if is usually done if the value of your card is too low. If you got a higher total value of cards than on the dealer's card, you won the game, otherwise, you lose. Whoever comes as close to 21 points as possible without going over 21 is the winner.

Blackjack Betting Options

Blackjack betting options you need to know:

Double - Double your initial bet and hit 1 card only. When the player feels that he needs only one card then he can double his bet and be hit with one more card and forced to stand.

Split - You have to split the initial 2-card hand into two and play them separately. Therefore, even though he may go bust on one card, the player may still win on his second hand.

Surrender - Some casinos offer players to surrender on the first two cards. There are two types of surrender. In Early Surrender, the option is allowed in the case that the dealer checks for blackjack. In Late Surrender, you should surrender your hand and give up the half of the bet on your first two cards after the dealer checks for a blackjack.

Insurance - This is offered when the dealer has dealt an ace faced up for it has a high probability of having a blackjack. The insurance pays at 2-1 odds.

Different Blackjack Hands

There are 3 kinds of blackjack hands, that the player is holding.

  • Blackjack or Natural
  • Soft Hand
  • Hard Hand

  • Just like any other casino games, Blackjack is also a fun and thrilling game. It serve as a entertainment to some players. It is always wise to control how you gamble, how much money you gonna spend, and how long do you stay in a casino. Be a responsible gambler either in online casino or in a land-based casinos.