Learning blackjack isn't all that hard, though many people spend years
fine tuning their game. Fat Tony can speed up the process a little though,
by offering blackjack rules, strategy, and a free game all in one place.
First things first though. The goal of the game of blackjack isn't always
clearly defined for beginners, which is a bit disappointing considering
it's not such a hard game. The goal of blackjack should always be stated
as: beat the dealer. One of the rules of the game is that your card total
cannot go over 21. Sadly though a lot of people confuse this rule of the
game for the goal, and end up trying to get a hand as close to 21 as they
can, thinking of beating the dealer only being a side effort. This way
of thinking about the game is pretty detrimental. Blackjack rules are
the guides used to play, but don't hint at your true goal. You can beat
the dealer with a hand total of 3, if the dealer busts. So why worry about
the elusive 21, when anything at all will do, so long as it beats the
In the casino blackjack, the rules say you godda place a bet on the table
before you get any cards. The dealer will give everyone including themselves
one card, all face up, then they will give each player a second card face
up, and themselves a second card face down. This face down card is known
as the dealer's hole card. Some casinos deal blackjack all face down,
in which case you have to touch the cards to see what you have. When you're
playing this style, be sure to only touch your cards with one hand. While
playing with friends however, you may want to take this opportunity to
sharpen your slight-of-hand skills, up to you.
After your first two cards are dealt to you, you have to make a decision
on the hand. Fortunately you already know the dealer's up-card, so you
have something to go on.
To get Blackjack and be paid back extra for it, you must hit 21 with your
first two cards. An Ace and a 10 point card (10, Jack, Queen, or King)
on the first two cards only, is considered a natural blackjack and is
usually paid back at three to two. However, if the dealer also gets a
natural blackjack, it is a push (a ties where nobody wins on or loses
on their bet).
So if you've hit a natural blackjack you don't have to worry about making
any decisions based on your first two cards. If you're not so lucky though,
let's have a look at what blackjack's rules offer as other options.
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