Basic BlackJack Guide
A bet of $10 wins $15 if the player draws a blackjack. A player blackjack beats any dealer total other than blackjack, including a dealer's three or more card 21.
After being shuffled, the cards are placed in a receptacle called a shoe, from which the dealer can slide out one card at a time. Single- or double-deck games, most common in Nevada, but also popular in Mississippi and some other markets, may be dealt from the dealer's hand. Blackjack is played with one or more standard 52-card decks, with each denomination assigned a point value.
If the strategy says to double, but you have three or more cards, or table rules don't allow soft doubling, then hit, except stand with a soft 18. The insurance pays 2 to 1 (of the initial bet) if the dealer does have blackjack.
If the dealer does not have blackjack, the player loses his insurance. The bet is then settled by comparing the player's cards with the dealer's cards.
Do not hand your money to the dealer (they won’t take it). For security reasons dealers cannot take anything out of a player’s hand or vice versa. Once you lay your money on the felt the dealer will lay it out on the table for the cameras to clearly see how much it is and a pit boss will come over and verify the amount. The dealer will count out chip denominations equal to the amount you’ve bought in for and push the chips toward you.
Your hand is out of play – You hit your hand one or more times and “busted” or you chose to surrender your hand. The player must act first, so that even if the dealer eventually busts like you did, they still keep your money because you busted first. Most casinos will not allow “cash plays” wagers anymore, so you will have to let the dealer exchange your money for casino chips. You do this by simply walking up to the table a placing your money on the felt of the table.
Kings, queens, and jacks are each worth 10, and aces may be used as either 1 or 11. The object for the player is to draw cards totaling closer to 21, without going over, than the dealer's cards. Even though most players don't have the skill to win consistently, the belief that blackjack can be beaten was enough to spark a boom in the game. Blackjack is by far the most popular casino table game in the United States, with more players than craps, roulette, and baccarat combined.
If both a player and the dealer have blackjack, the hand is a tie or push. Once all the bets are placed, the dealer will deal the cards to the players.
He will make two passes around the table starting at his left (your right) so that the players and the dealer all have two cards each. The dealer will flip one of his cards over, exposing its value as the "dealer upcard". Many dealers will advise players to take insurance if the player has a blackjack.
The bet is doubled, only one additional card is dealt to the player, and the dealer completes his hand. The Player can split his cards when dealt cards of the same value (for instance, 6-6 or J-Q), doubling his opportunity to play that particular hand. The player wins the amount that was bet if the total value of his cards is closer to 21 than the dealer's cards. Another way to win is if the dealer goes over 21, while the player does not.