Blackjack is a card game and it is also known as 21. There are many great online casino bonuses for blackjack and this article will therefore discuss how to play the game. Although the origin of the game of blackjack is not known, it is believed to have originated in Spain or France. The Spanish deck of cards does not have any eights, nines, or tens and is called a “baraja” deck. The game is called ventiuna is Spain and Vingt et un in France, both mean 21. Blackjack is similar to the Spanish 21 and Pontoon but it is completely unrelated to the British game that has the same name, Black Jack. Blackjack is the most popular casino banking card game in the world.
At a casino the dealer faces between 5 and 9 playing positions and it is most often 7 positions. The game is played at a semicircular table. A single player is usually allowed to wager on as many of the positions at the table as he desires and that are not occupied by other players. At the beginning of each round the player puts a bet in a betting box in front of his position. Casino tables usually have a minimum and maximum allowed bet. Every position that has a bet in the box is dealt a hand by the dealer. The hand consists of two cards that are visible to the player at that position. The Dealer is dealt two cards with one down and one showing. In American casinos the table has a small mirror or electronic sensor to let the dealer know if he has a blackjack. In European casinos the dealer is not dealt the second card until all of the players have acted on their hands.
There are different variations depending on the casino and table. The dealer may deal the cards by hand, usually 1 or 2 decks, or with a shoe or a shuffling machine. Cards are dealt in a clockwise manner. The players cards can be dealt face up or face down.
The object of the game is to make a hand total of 21 or as close as possible without going over. Going over 21 and your hand is “busted” and your bet is lost. At the end of the round if your hand is greater than the dealers hand then you win, if both hands have the same total then you tie or “push”, and if the dealers hand is greater than yours then you lose. If the dealer has an ace showing the player is offered a side bet called “insurance” An insurance bet can be up to half of the main bet and it pays two to one if the dealer has a blackjack and is lost if the dealer does not have a blackjack. A blackjack is when your first two cards equal 21, so this would be an ace and a card with a value of 10. Aces can be valued at 1 or 11. Most bets pay 1 to 1 and a blackjack is paid at 3 to 2 in most casinos.
The players may have the option to Hit, Stand, Double Down, Split a pair, resplit a pair, double after a split, or Surrender.