by far, is one of the most requested and played poker games
on the internet. Before playing blackjack, you should know
the objective, rules, buy-in and how to chose a table.
The Captain has listed below some basic guidelines for your
objective of Blackjack of course is to beat the dealer. The
dealer deals you two
cards face down and him/herself one card up and one card down.
Then, you add up your cards and decide
whether you need any additional cards to try to beat the dealer.
Keeping in mind, that the dealer has the same option.
You want to try to get as close to 21 (twenty-one) as possible
without busting. Should you achieve
drawing only the first two cards and they equal 21 or better,
you have a blackjack and the winning hand and
you will be paid 1 1/2 to 2 times your wager. Should the dealer
also achieve drawing a blackjack, then it is
considered a tie (or push) and your wager is returned.
Choosing a table: You should chose a table that
meets your bet sizes. Tables will have a sign reflecting
the minimum and maximum allowable bet.
Buying Chips: An appropriate buy-in amount is anywhere
from 10 to 20 times your average bet. If you are a $5 bettor,
this means a buy-in of $50-$100 is typical. Don't try to hand
your cash to the dealer. For security reasons, he can't take
anything from your hands. Simply lay the cash on the table;
he'll pick it up and change it for an equal value of playing
chips. You won't be getting any change back either. He'll change
the entire amount, push the chips across the table to you, and
then drop the cash into a slot in the table top.
Making a bet: On the table felt in front of your
position, you'll find a circle for your bets. Before each hand
begins, place your desired bet into the circle in one stack.
you are not allowed to touch the bet once the cards are dealt.
Once the hand is over, the dealer will move around the table
to each position in turn, paying winners and collecting the
chips from losing hands. After the dealer has paid you, you
can remove your chips from the circle, and place your next bet.
Deal of the cards: Once all the bets are made,
the dealer will deal the cards to the players. He'll make two
passes around the table starting at his left (your right) so
that the players and the dealer have two cards each. The dealer
will flip one of his cards over, exposing its value.
Play of dealer's hand: The dealer must play his hand
in a specific way, with no choices allowed. There are two popular
rule variations that determine what totals the dealer must draw
to. Stand on all 17's (any 2 cards totaling 17) or hit
a soft 17 (any 2 cards totaling 17 with one card being an Ace)
Early Surrender: An Early surrender offers you
as a player the choice to fold your hand, at the cost of half
of the original bet. You must make that decision prior to taking
any other cards. In an early surrender game, a player
may choose to surrender before the dealer checks his cards for
a blackjack, offering a cheap way out even if the dealer turns
out to have a blackjack.
Late Surrender: A Late surrender is where the dealer
checks for blackjack first, and then only if he does not have
blackjack will he allow players to surrender their hands.
Hit or Stand: The most common decision a player
must make during the game is whether to draw another card to
the hand ("hit"), or stop at the current total ("stand").
Double Down: Doubling down allows you to double
your bet and receive one, and only one, additional card to the
hand. (Keep in mind that you only get one card to beat the dealer.
So making a wise choice is beneficial to the player in doubling
their winnings or doubling their losses.
Splitting Pairs: When you are dealt a matching
pair of cards, you have the ability to split the hand into two
separate hands, and play them independently. This allows
you to beat the dealer with both hands resulting in a double
pay-out, tie the dealer with one hand winning and one hand losing
with no pay-out or create a double-loss by having two hands
weaker than the dealer.
Insurance: Insurance is a side-bet, where you are
offered 2:1 odds that the dealer has a 10-valued card underneath
("in the hole"). If the dealer turns an up-card of
an Ace, he will offer "Insurance" to the players.
The dealer will check to see if he has a 10-value card
underneath his Ace. If the dealer has Blackjack you will
be paid your insurance bet. Your original bet is lost
unless you have a blackjack at which time you will break even.