Blackjack, a game of cards

Blackjack, aka twenty-one, is a card game a typical casino has. In history the game was called twenty-one and oldest records of the game was found in France and Spain. It became blackjack then it arrived in the USA with added pay-out rewards to those who has ace of spades and a black jack card, which is either jack of clubs or spades. That system was placed in to promote the game in the USA. The pay-out system died out but the name of the hand remained hence the game is now famously called blackjack.

Points needed to win

You need to get maximum of 21 points to win the game. If you get more than 21, it’s an automatic loss. The dealer wins if the dealer gets 21 points first. If no one can reach 21 points, then the one with the highest points, but not exceeding 21, will win.

As for the card values they are grouped into three. Points is equal to the face value for cards 2-9. Ten points for cards 10, Jack, Queen, and King. Ace may have 1 point or 11 points depending on the other cards in your hand, whatever value it favours you, a wild card.

The table and number of cards

The minimum is 1 full set of card deck or 52 cards for a small table and the maximum would be 416 cards in one game, based on the amount of players the table can have. Most casino has 7 maximum players other has 12. Most casino with 7 player-tables will have 6 deck sets and all cards are shuffled together in one pile.

The casino game

When all players are settled the game will start. Each casino will mostly have different ways and rules or playing blackjack but the basics are the same. You place your wager on your area on the table, the cards are distributed, you play your hand of cards, the dealer will play their cards, and then someone gets the pay-out.

Blackjack is not a team play, it is you versus the dealer. Even if there are other players on the table it will still be you versus the dealer.

There are also plenty of hand gesturing in this game like hit, stand, double down, split, and surrender. Recently casinos have added a side bet depending on the outcome of a game like the insurance. Insurance is also the only side bet that casinos will unanimously offer and the other kinds of side bet are optional.