It is easy to become familiar with the casino rules for blackjack. It is recommended that you get the hang of the game before you start playing it in a casino.
Every game has a rule. Whether you are playing for fun or for money, you are given a set of rules to abide by. Some rules are easy to understand while some are complex and complicated that you have to take time to know each one by heart.
In casino gaming, the rules for each game, whether table game, card game or slots, may have some variations depending on the casino you are in. You can read the mechanics of the game, as well as the rules, before you take a seat and play. These rules are normally posted near the table or area where the game is placed.
Blackjack is considered to be the easiest card game to learn and play. If you know how to count to 21 and understand a few simple rules then you can start playing the game immediately.
As we know, the objective of the game is to reach a total card count of 21. Whether you are playing alone or with other players, your opponent remains the same: the dealer. Your card must be higher than the dealer’s without going over 21.
Basic Casino Rules for Playing Blackjack
There are different variations of Blackjack with slightly different rules. Below are the basic Blackjack Casino Rules:
Place a bet
Every player must place a bet for the next hand. There is a box or circle on the table where you will place your bet. You are allowed to bet multiple denominations of chips.
Dealer deals the card
When everyone has placed his or her bets, the dealer will then deal the card from dealer left to dealer right, giving each player 2 cards – face up. The dealer, on the other hand, gets one card face up and one card face down. Remember when playing in a casino, you cannot touch your card if they are both dealt face up.
From the dealer’s left, each player will have to decide whether to get more card; whether to hit or decline from getting another one (also known as stand). Some casinos will allow a player to receive cards until his or her total card count exceeds 21, which is a bust.
When every player is done or completes his or her turn, the dealer will then take a turn. The dealer plays a more restrictive game than the players. The dealer must continue to receive or take cards, or hit, until his card count is 17 or higher. An Ace in a dealer’s hand is equivalent to 11. A variation of this rule is known as Soft 17.
Other variations of the game:
Early or Late Surrender
Early Surrender is when the player surrenders half of his bet before the dealer checks for a blackjack. Late surrender, on the other hand, is when the player is allowed to surrender half of his bet after the dealer checks for a blackjack.
Splitting and Re-splitting
If the player gets a matching pair of cards, the player is allowed to split the cards and play the cards independently. Some casinos will even allow a player to resplit if the player gets another pair – making another hand. Players are allowed to split up to 3 times, making 4 separate hands and bets.
This variation allows a player to double his or her bet while receiving only one additional card to the hand. Players can double down for any amount without exceeding the original bet.
A player need not keep track of the other player’s cards when he or she is playing with the dealer. You must compete with the dealer’s card at hand. The hand that comes close to 21 without exceeding wins the game. If you bust, the house automatically wins. When the dealer busts, you win the game regardless of the value of your cards at hand.
Each casino may have its own variations of the game. These variations are normally posted near the table for the players to see, or players can even ask the dealer about the variations before the start of the game.