Find Out About the Game of Blackjack

Blackjack represents a popular favorite at any casino. The game dates back to the early 1700s in Spain, where it was once called “Ventiuna” or 21. It may have also originated in France where people played versions of blackjack like “Vingt-et-Un” and Chemin de Fer. Today, countries all over the world offer the game of blackjack in their casinos, and all of these games involve reaching a sum of 21.

The objective of blackjack is to have a hand of cards whose sum comes closest to or equals 21 without going over. Blackjack rules assign a value to each card with 2-10 equaling themselves, face cards valued at 10, and an Ace equals either 1 or 11. The game begins when the player receives two cards and the dealer receives two, with one facing up. If the players’ cards equal 21, the player automatically wins. If not, the player can choose between a few different options depending on the hand. If the hand comes very close to 21, the player can choose to “Hold” to see if their hand comes closest to 21. If the hand equals a lower sum, players can choose to “Hit” and receive a third card to come closer to 21. Once a hand exceeds 21, the player has a “Bust” and loses. Some versions of blackjack have variations including “Double Down”, “Split”, “Surrender”, and “Insurance”. Once the player has chosen to hold, the dealer must play out his hand. The dealer must hit his hand if it values below 16. The dealer stands if the hand values at 17. At the end, whoever winds up with 21 or closest to 21 wins. Some players use a scheme known as counting cards to predict the statistical outcome of reaching 21 based on the cards already played. Although counting cards is not technically illegal, casinos have the right to throw out any players suspected of counting cards.

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