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How to Play Blackjack
Blackjack Game Overview
Blackjack is a game that relies on some luck but also on skill and strategy. Getting good cards is important. Playing your hand strategically is equally or more important. The idea is to get a Blackjack (an Ace card and a 10 or picture card) or at the very least get a cumulative card value that is as close as possible to 21. Getting a Blackjack is ideal because it means an instant win. It usually also means a higher prize value.
First, you will be dealt two cards, face up, as the dealer is dealt one card face up and one card face down. You continue to 'hit' until you are satisfied with the number, in which case you 'stand', or until you bust, in which case you lose. Once you stand, the dealer will reveal his face down card and continue to hit until he either gets a better hand than you, in which case you lose, or until he busts, in which case you win.
If the first two cards served to you are the same, you will be given the opportunity to 'split' them. If you split your cards, each card will become a seperate and independant hand. Your bet will double and your winning/losing potential will also double.
After you are dealt your first two Blackjack cards, you may choose to double your bet. In this situation you can only be dealt one more card.
If the dealer has a visible Ace, you will be given the option to take out insurance. This is just incase the dealer has a blackjack (an Ace card and a 10 card or picture card).
Lastly, remember that Aces can be both 1 or 11 and all picture cards are counted as 10.
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