A Blackjack Guide And Simple Stragies

A Single Deck Blackjack Game In Action

First off, let’s recap the basic rules of the game.

Blackjack – also called pontoon – is a game played against the house. It begins with the dealer giving you two cards, plus one to themselves face-up and another face-down. Card values are as displayed except an Ace is an 11 or a 1 and picture cards are all valued at 10.

You act first by choosing to hit (ask for another card to be dealt) or stick / stand (take no more cards) and must try to get as close to a total of 21 as you can (ace is one or 11) without going over and busting. If you do, you lose your bet and the round is over.

However, if you do not bust then once you have elected to stand, the dealer now turns over their face-down card to reveal their total. In most versions of Blackjack, if it is 17 or lower, then they must take another card. If this card. takes their total to higher than 21 then they are bust and you win. If they stand on anything from 18 plus, but you have a higher total, then you win.

In short, the dealer always wins if you bust or if their total is higher than yours.

Payouts in the base game are 1:1, so if you bet $5 on a hand and win, you get a total of $10 back (your original bet and $5 in winnings). If you are lucky enough to be dealt Blackjack (an Ace and a 10 or picture card) then you get paid 3:2.

If you and the dealer draw – the same total – then this is referred to as a push and your stake is returned.

Author: Genesis Fleming