Blackjack is a card game that is played with a dealer and at least one player. In land-based casinos, blackjack tables generally accommodate 5, 6 or 7 people for a so-called full table. Between 4 and 6 decks of 52 cards are then necessary and the dealer then uses a shoe.In Online Blackjack, knowing the numerical value of each card is essential in order to be able to win. We will therefore retain the following:
Cards numbered 2 to 10 (2, 3, 4.5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) retain their face value, regardless of suit. So a 4 of hearts will have the same value as a 4 of spades.
The figures (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are all worth 10 regardless of their color
The Ace is a very special blackjack card. It can have a value of 1 or 11 depending on its interest in the hand in which it is located.
On this basis, to determine the value of a hand in blackjack, it suffices to add the value of the cards that make it up. For example, a hand containing a 6 and a 4 will be worth 10 points (4 + 6 = 10).
Likewise, a hand containing a queen and a 10 will have the same value as a hand containing two kings for example, ie 20 (10 + 10). Finally, a hand containing an Ace and a face is worth 21 points, which is called an automatic blackjack (11 + 10 = 21). Because in blackjack, 21 is the goal.The principle of blackjack is quite simple. To win the game, the player must indeed beat the dealer by obtaining a higher hand without exceeding 21, which is considered the highest score in the game.
How the game unfolds
At the start of the blackjack game, the dealer deals 2 cards to each player around the table, including himself. The players’ two cards are uncovered while the dealer keeps his first card hidden. Only the second is therefore discovered at its level. Once the first two cards are dealt, different options are available to players depending on the value of their hand.
1st case: the natural
We speak of Natural or “natural blackjack” when the player receives an initial hand of two cards worth 21. He is then paid 3 to 2 (or 3: 2) on his initial bet.
2nd case: the game continues
If the value of the player’s hand is not 21, he has the choice between different options: stay, shoot, double, give up, split or take insurance.