The Rules Of Blackjack
It has become increasingly rare for casinos to offer the surrender option. Double Down – If the player considers they have a favourable hand, generally a total of 9, 10 or 11, they can choose to ‘Double Down’. To do this they place a second wager equal to their first beside their first wager.
Ever since my book was published it has bothered me that the cost in errors to my Simple Strategy was too high. So in September 2009 I developed the following “Wizard’s Strategy.” The cost due to imperfect plays is 0.14% only, relative to liberal Vegas Strip rules. That is the cost of one hand for about every 12 hours of play. Compared to the 250 cells in the Basic Strategy, the Wizard’s Strategy has only 21, as follows. If the dealer goes over 21 points, then any player who didn’t already bust will win. If the dealer has a ten or an ace showing , then he will peek at his facedown card to see if he has a blackjack.
The player is allowed to surrender at any point during the hand. Players who feel they are ready to tackle blackjack on an expert level might want to seek out the more complex variations suggested in the many blackjack books on the market. A traditional deck of cards has 52, and they are composed of four different suits; the club, diamond, hearts and spades.
In blackjack, the odds turn in favor of the player when an unusually large number of 10-value cards remain to be played. When the deck is rich in 10s, the player gets more blackjacks. So does the dealer, but players collect 3-2 on blackjacks while the dealer does not. One simple way to look at it is to play as if the dealer’s facedown card is a 10.
Your hand competes only against the hand of the dealer. A soft total is any blackjack hand containing an Ace that is valued at 11 points. If a player believes the dealer may have blackjack after the first two cards are dealt but before the dealer draws more cards, they can put their cards down. The result of the dealer’s hand will reveal the fates for the players in the game who didn’t bust. If you and the dealer have the same numbers, the wager will ‘push’ and everyone will receive their stakes back.
Some games allow unlimited resplitting, while others may limit it to a certain number of hands, such as four hands (for example, “resplit to 4”). Number cards count as their number, the jack, queen, and king (“face cards” or “pictures”) count as 10, and aces count as either 1 or 11 according to the player’s choice. If the total exceeds 21 points, it busts, and all bets on it immediately lose.