How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack is a casino classic that is easy to learn and exciting to play. Like many table card games, blackjack is played against the dealer and requires some basic skill to win. The rules are simple - get a total hand as close to 21 as possible without going over 21.

Blackjack Basics

As the game begins, each player is dealt two cards. The first card is the hole card and remains face down until all cards are dealt. The second card is dealt face up. The dealer is also dealt two cards in the same manner. Once the cards are dealt, players have the opportunity to take additional cards to create a hand that beats the dealer hand without busting.

Playing Hard Hands

A hard hand in blackjack is one that doesn't include an ace at all or includes an ace with a value of one in the total. The best blackjack strategies recommend hitting anytime your hand total is between 9 and 16 and the dealer's visible card is 7 or higher. You should always hit if your hand totals less than nine and stand if the total is 17 through 21.

Double Down Strategies

Players who take the double down bet receive one card in addition to the two that were initially dealt and double their bet for a chance at bigger winnings. The best blackjack hands for this bet are those that total 9, 10, or 11 and the dealer's face up card is less than 10, particularly if your hand is 9 and the dealer's card value is between 3 and 6.

Learning to play blackjack isn't hard. Remember when to hit, when to stand, and when to double down and you can leave the blackjack table with a nice profit.