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How To Play Blackjack


Blackjack is an extremely popular game globally, available in virtually every real world and online casino. Known for its fast rounds, but still allowing for deep and in-depth strategy, it is a game that attracts both casual and professional players alike.

The base rules of blackjack are simple and easy to understand, and anyone can start playing the game almost immediately. In order to truly prosper at blackjack, however, a deeper understanding of key strategies is required. Let’s take a closer look at blackjack, and understand the game in more detail so that you can play at a Canadian mobile casino or any other place that takes your fancy.

Blackjack Base Rules

The core concept of blackjack is to get as close to a total of 21 as possible, without exceeding 21. This is achieved by adding the values of two cards dealt to the player. Note that the player will always initially be dealt two cards. Once the initial two cards have been dealt, the player may call for another card, or stick with the existing two cards. Many players try and use card counting in blackjack, but there are other ways to improve your chances of winning too.

The risk and reward system of the game is that the player is unaware of which card will be dealt next. An additional card may get the total closer to 21, thus strengthening the value of the hand. It is also possible, however, that an additional card will tip the total beyond 21. In the case of the total going beyond 21, the player is bust and the round is over.

At the point that the player sticks with the hand, the dealer will then play the house hand. Note that if the house hand gets closer to 21 than the player, the player is bust and the round is over. Only in the case of the player hand being closer to 21 than the house hand will a win be achieved.

Advanced Strategy

In many cases the player will be tempted to take big risks, and call for another card, even when having a total of 16. It is not always advisable to pursue 21 as eagerly as possible, since the player will win the round if the house hand is busted. This should always be kept in mind. In fact, it can be said that the goal of blackjack is not to get as close to 21 as possible, but rather to get closer to 21 than the house.

Therefore, sticking on a total of 16 is perfectly adequate, assuming that the house hand is bust attempting to beat the total. A key is that the house must turn on of the house hand face up, giving clues as the hand that the house may draw. If it seems that the house will have a strong hand, more risk should be taken. However, if it seems that the house will have a weak hand, sticking on 16 is a good strategy.

The specifics of this strategy can be very complicated, but there are multiple strategy guides available online, all of which are free. A simple rule of thumb is that if the house has a ten, or picture card showing, that it should be taken as a red alert. In this case the player should make every effort to achieve a strong hand.