All About BlackJack ♠

Game :
Genre : Card Game
Origin : Unknown
Played Since : 17th Century

Basic GamePlay:
The player is initially provided with two card in hand with the option of drawing cards to bring the total value to 21 or less without exceeding it, so that the dealer will lose by having a lesser value than the player or by exceeding 21.

Rules Of Play:
The Game is played at a casino blackjack table, where the dealer faces between five and nine (commonly seven) playing positions standing behind a semicircular table. At the beginning of each round, up to three players place their bets in the “betting box” at each position in play. Any player is allowed to bet in as many boxes as desired at a single table, but it is prohibited to play on more than one table at a time or to place multiple bets in a single box.

Cards are distributed from hand-held deck(s), from a dealer’s shoe or from a shuffling machine. Single cards are dealt to each position clockwise from the dealer’s leftmost position, followed by a single card to the dealer, followed by an additional card to each of the positions in play.

After receiving an initial two cards, the player has four standard options:

  • Hit: Take another card from the dealer.
  • Stand: Take no more cards from the dealer.
  • Double down: The player is allowed to increase the initial bet by up to 100% in exchange for committing to stand after receiving exactly one more card.
  • Split : If the first two cards have the same value, the player can split them into two hands, by moving a second bet equal to the first into an area outside the betting box of the original bet. The dealer separates the two cards and draws a further card on each, placing one bet with each hand. The player then plays out the two separate hands in turn, with some restrictions.

Some games give the player a fifth option:

  • Surrender: When the player surrenders, the dealer takes half the player’s bet and return the other half to the player, thus terminating the player’s interest in the hand.

Each option has a corresponding hand signal. Hand signals are used to assist the “eye in the sky”, a video camera located secretly above the table. The eye in the sky helps in resolving disputes and identifying dealer mistakes, and to protect the casino against dealers who steal chips or players who cheat.


Basic Strategy:

Hard Hands: A hard hand is two starting cards that do not contain an ace.

If you have eight or less, always hit.
If you have Nine: Double if the dealer has 3 thru 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have Ten : Double if the dealer has 2 thru 9 – otherwise hit.
If you have Eleven: Double if the dealer has 2 thru 10, Hit if dealer has Ace.
If you have Twelve: Hit if the dealer has 2 or 3, Stand if the dealer has 4 thru 6, otherwise hit.
If you have 13- 16: Stand if the dealer has2 thru 6, otherwise hit.
If you have 17 – 21: Always Stand.

Soft Hands: A soft hand is when one of your starting hands contains an ace.

If you have Ace 2 or Ace 3: Double if the dealer has 5 or 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have Ace 4 or Ace 5: Double if the dealer has 4 thru 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have Ace 6: Double if the dealer has 3 thru 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have Ace 7: Stand if the dealer has 2, 7 or 8. Double 3 -thru 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have Ace 8 or Ace 9: Always Stand.

Pairs: A Pair is when both the starting cards have the same value.

If you have a pair of Aces or Eights: Always split.
If you have a pair of twos or threes: Split if the dealer has 2 – 7, otherwise hit.
If you have a pair of fours: Split if the dealer has 5 or 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have a pair of fives: Double if the dealer has 2 thru 9 – otherwise hit.
If you have a pair of sixes: Split if the dealer has 2 thru 6 – otherwise hit.
If you have a pair of sevens: Split 2 thru 7 – otherwise hit.
If you have a pair of nines: Split 2 thru 6, and 8 or 9. Stand if the dealer has 7, 10 or Ace.
If you have a pair of tens: Always Stand.


Advanced Strategy:

Card Counting:

Card counting is a mathematical system of keeping track of every card dealt from a blackjack deck to keep a record about which cards are still left in the deck to be played. It doesn’t take any law or theorem or a complicated formula neither it requires one to be a rocket scientist or an expert mathematician to learn how to count cards.

A basic card counting system assigns a point score to each rank of card (e.g. 1 point for 2-6 , 0 points for 7-9 and -1 point for 10-A). Whenever a card is exposed, a counter adds the score of that card to a running total, the ‘count’; the count is used to make betting and playing decisions according to a table which they have learned. The count starts at 0 for a freshly shuffled deck for “balanced” counting systems. Unbalanced counts are often started at a value which depends on the number of decks used in the game.

The only way to become a skilled card counter is to practice, practice, practice. You need to be constantly practicing your card counting techniques and skills until you can count flawlessly. The act of card counting at a physical blackjack table with your brain alone (without using any counting devices such as computers and electronics), is considered to be perfectly legal and is not considered cheating.

BlackJack Movies:

Here are some gambling movies that have to do with Blackjack.

21 – 2008
Based on the true story of the MIT. The events that made the MIT famous in the world of Blackjack and casinos. Unable to enter the casino’s himself Prof. Rosa recruits 5 of the brightest math stars at MIT and teaches them how to be come count cards experts. On weekends the MIT 6 travel to Las Vegas and using fake identities begin to take the casinos for millions. Eventually greed begind to set in and the team begins to fall apart and they are caught by casino security and despite the fact that Card Counting is not illegal, the MIT is punished for what the casino considers cheating.

Jinxed – 1982
A comedy about a casino gambler in the fictitious city of Loserville, USA, who becomes the victim of a ruthless gambler. A black comedy about a Las Vegas lounge singer, the lout she lives with, and a young blackjack dealer the lout has managed to jinx at his own table. Director Don Siegel’s last film.

60 Minutes To Winning Blackjack – 2005
Delivering upon its promised rewards, this instructional program walks the aspiring player through the basics of blackjack, bestowing the ability to strategize with confidence and skill. Card counting is part science, part art, but you certainly don’t have to rely upon luck, as this tutorial makes clear. Complete with a practice segment that allows viewers to actively test the tips they are acquiring, this release is a surefire route to success at the card table.

Blackjack, Slots, and Craps Winning Strategies – 2005
The three programs included here will give gamblers the skills necessary to increase their winnings in the games of Blackjack, Slots, and Craps. Before hitting the strip, players are advised to study the methods here, all tried and tested by Frank Scoblete, best-selling author of several gaming guides. In the Blackjack section, instructors demonstrate when to hit, stand, and fold. Tested on a computer, the strategies are proven to lengthen the game and stretch the wallet. Players will learn how to increase wins and avoid unnecessary losses. Slot players will surely benefit from the second segment, which focuses on how to choose which machines to play. By knowing which machines to steer clear of, players will automatically increase their odds of winning. Experts also clear up common misunderstandings about Slots that might be harming one’s game. In a section specifically designed for the Craps player, Craps enthusiasts explain how to best deal with aggressive betting, how to take full advantage of the casino’s complimentary services, and how to know when it’s worth taking a chance.

Essential Blackjack: A Guide for Players and Dealers – 2006
This comprehensive guide to blackjack aims to familiarize viewers with the game’s rules and strategies. By learning to manage their money and by gaining a greater understanding of the game, those watching at home are offered the tools necessary to hit the blackjack table (as a player or dealer) with confidence and grace.

Play to Win Collection Set: Blackjack, Craps, Slots – 1999
How does one learn the secrets and tips of winners in the casino? Just pick up this instructional set which teaches how to play to WIN at Blackjack, Craps, and the Slots.

World Poker Tour – Best of Season 3 – 2005
Along with CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN and WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK, the Travel Channel’s WORLD POKER TOUR series has transformed a normally sedate card game into a thrillingly popular spectator sport. Hosted by former model Shana Hiatt, the series travels to exotic locations across the globe to cover high-stakes poker tournaments with hidden-camera technology that allows viewers to see the players’ cards, as well as expert commentary by poker champs Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten that help explain every nuance of the game. This collection presents the best of WORLD POKER TOUR’s third season for eight episodes that travel to the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, the Grand Prix de Paris in France, the WPT World Championship in Las Vegas, and more.

World Poker Tour – Season 2 – 2004
Originally airing on the Travel Channel, WORLD POKER TOUR popularized poker as a spectator sport. By turning the poker match into an educational and enjoyable viewing experience, the series set off quite a trend, followed shortly after by shows such as CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN and WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK. In its second season, the show travels to more exotic locales, to cover the most thrilling, high-stakes poker games in the world. Technology that allows viewers to see the players’ hidden cards and expert commentary from poker champs Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and Erick Lindgren help to explain every play and nuance of the game

Croupier – 1998
“You have to make the choice in life: be a gambler or a croupier, and then live with your decision,” says Jack Manfred, the writer/croupier in director Mike Hodges’ (Get Carter) terrific film noir-ish character study that gives us a peek at the London gambling scene. There’s no flashing neon, Elvis impersonator or choreographed water fountain in the high-roller casino where unsuccessful author Jack (Owen) toils. In fact, with its mirrored walls, cheesy carpeting and outdated furniture, this joint looks more like a New Jersey wedding reception hall than a typical casino. But the lure of the lifestyle is the same, and despite Jack’s choice to stick with dealing blackjack and other card games and steer clear of gambling beyond his job, life deals him another hand. Jack’s voiceover–usually an annoying movie device that’s actually very effective here–reveals much more than his steely outward demeanor does, including his plans to turn his experiences at the casino into a book that eventually becomes a best seller. He also begins to immerse himself into his book’s plot, to the point of losing his girlfriend, breaking the workplace rules against sleeping with co-workers and fraternizing with the patrons, and gambling himself. Just as Jack’s casino is not the flashing gambling hole we’re used to seeing on the big screen, Croupier is not the flashy gambling thriller we’re used to seeing on the big screen. And that’s a good thing. The jackpot scene: Jack’s croupier audition. In one slick scene, he deftly and quickly separates a pile of casino chips and susses out the fact that his boss can’t count while showing his own card dealing proficiency. It’s quietly exciting in the movie’s trademark understated tone.
So Go, Get your Wallets full of Money and Start Betting. Who knows you can be a Millionaire one day. Keep Practicing, Keep Betting and Keep Winning!!
REMEMBER: Gambling online, including BlackJack online for real money, is illegal in some jurisdictions, so be aware of the situation where you live before deciding to play.  

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