Aim of the Game
The aim of the game of blackjack is to achieve a hand total closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. Hand totals are worked out by combining the card values of each card in the hand. In the game of blackjack, cards 2 through 10 have their face value, face cards have a value of 10 and Aces have a value of 1 or 11, depending on the total hand value. Players always play against the dealer; not against the other players.
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How to Play Blackjack
To begin a game of blackjack, players must place their bets. Once all bets are placed, the dealer will deal two cards face down to each player and one card face down and one card face up to himself. Each player will then have a turn to play his hand. There are a number of actions that the player
Surrender – in some cases, players may be able surrender their hand for the cost of half their bet. Some casinos may only allow a late surrender after the dealer has checked to see if he has blackjack, while others may allow early surrender, before the dealer has checked his hand.
Insurance – If the dealer's up-card is an Ace, players may have the option to place an Insurance bet. The insurance bet is a side bet of up to half your original bet and if the dealer does have blackjack, while you will lose your original bet, you will be paid out at 2:1 on the insurance bet. Hit – To hit is to receive one more card. You can continue to hit until you stand or you go bust. Stand- To stand is to accept no more cards and end your turn.
Split – This action is available on your first two cards. If you are dealt matching pairs, you can choose to split them, place another bet on the second hand and play them as two separate hands. Some casinos allow you to split after splitting.
Double Down – This action is available on your first two cards only. You are able to double your bet and receive one extra card. Your turn then ends.
Winning at Blackjack
Once all the players have played their turn, the dealer will play his hand. The dealer has to play according to the house rules so it is worthwhile knowing these rules to help you make educated decisions on how to play your hand. The players hands will be compared to the dealer's hand and you will be paid out for any wins. OCSA.co.za lists the best South African Online Casinos for you to play Blackjack.