Blackjack for Beginners – How To Play (and Win) at Blackjack

Blackjack for Beginners – How To Play (and Win) at Blackjack


Welcome to this GamblingSites.org how-to video.
Today, we’ll be providing you with our “Blackjack
for Beginners” guide, with some very basic
tips and advice for new players.
If you’ve played blackjack before and have
a decent understanding as to how the game
works, you can probably move on to the “intermediate”
section.
However, it never hurts to get a little refresher.
You’re here to learn, after all.
Let’s start with the cards themselves.
Blackjack uses a traditional deck of 52 cards,
or multiple 52-card decks.
We’ll discuss that a bit later.
The cards are split into four suits… clubs,
diamonds, hearts, and spades, though the suit
doesn’t matter for blackjack.
Each suit has a set of number cards… ranging
from 2 to 10… three face cards… the jack,
queen and king… and an Ace.
Each card has its own point value.
For numbered cards, the point value is the
same as the number on the card.
Meanwhile, all of the face cards are worth
10 points apiece, and the Ace can be worth
1 point or 11, depending on which makes the
better hand.
An Ace can change in value within the same
hand… it adjusts as needed to create the
best hand at any given moment.
Every hand in blackjack begins with two cards.
To know your score, just add up the value
of the cards in your hand.
Your goal is to get to 21, or at least to
have the higher total between your hand and
the dealer’s hand.
The hands of any other players around you
doesn’t impact whether you win or lose…
it’s just you against the dealer.
As a player, you only have 5 choices for how
to act on your hand.
You can hit, and take another card.
You can stand, and stick with your current
total.
If your two initial cards are the same, like
two 8s, you can split them into two separate
hands.
This would require you to double your current
wager, basically placing a full bet on each
hand you play.
You can also double down, which means you
will double your current wager and take only
one extra card to add to your hand.
Some casinos allow you to do this with any
two cards, though others only allow you to
double if you have a total of 9, 10 or 11.
Finally, you can surrender, where you forfeit
your chance to win the bet by giving up half
of your wager.
When you’re playing, any time that you reach
a score of 22 or higher, you have lost the
hand.
If you are at 21 or below and choose to stand,
the dealer will take their turn.
Unlike you, the dealer cannot make decisions
based on odds or the situation.
The dealer’s hand follows a pre-determined
set of rules to dictate how it plays out.
The dealer will hit if their hand is at 16
or below OR, in most cases, if it’s a soft
17… a “Soft 17” meaning a hand featuring
an Ace that is acting as an 11.
Once the dealer has a hard 17 or above, their
turn ends.
If the dealer reaches 22 or above and “busts”,
and you did not bust on your turn, you win!
If the dealer stands with 21 or below, then
the scores are compared head-to-head.
If the dealer has a higher total, you lose.
If you have the higher total, you win.
If the totals are identical, then it’s called
a “push”, and you tie.
One of the best things about blackjack is
that your decisions matter.
There’s a mathematically correct decision
for every situation.
Even if you don’t know all of the ins and
outs of strategy, you can still reduce the
house’s advantage over you significantly
just by playing intelligently.
… We have plenty of additional videos and
articles for you to make sure you are the
best blackjack player you can be… including
more within the “Blackjack for Beginners”
section… so make sure to check out GamblingSites.org
for even more on the game.

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