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Black Jack is a card game. You play against the house, not against the other players.
Black Jack uses the standard (French) 52 card deck.
No jokers or other wild cards are used in standard Black Jack.
Single Deck Black Jack uses only one deck, but finding this game in casinos is quite rare. Black Jack played with six or eight decks is much more common.
|Ace||1 or 11 points, depending on what’s best for the hand|
The suits are of no importance when playing standard Black Jack.
You win by getting a hand that is higher than the dealer’s hand.
The best possible hand is a hand comprised of an ace + a 10 point card.
The second best is any other hand worth 21 points.
A soft hand contains an ace that can count as 1 or 11 without the hand exceeding 21 points.
Example: Ace + 7. This is a soft hand, because the ace can be either 1 (1 + 7 = 8) or 11 (11 + 7 = 18). If you decide to stop here, the ace will count as 11 since that is best for the hand. If you take another card, that card will determine what the ace will count as. If you for instance get a 2, the ace will still count as 11, since 11 + 7 + 2 = 20 points. If you get a 5 instead, the ace will count as 1, because 11 + 7 + 5 = 23 points that would cause you to forfeit the hand. So, the value of the hand would be 1 + 7 + 5 = 13 points.
Each casino set their own payment rules, but it is very common to pay 1:1 on winning hands, with the exception of winning Black Jacks (ace + 10 point cards) where the standard payment is 3:2.
Some Black Jack tables have special novelty payouts for certain hands, such as 7-7-7, a Black Jack formed by ace of spades + jack of spades, or any hand that contains at least five cards without going over 21 points.
The exact rules for splitting a hand varies from one casino to the next, so it’s a good idea to check before you start playing. Below, you will find a set of rules adhered to in many, but certainly not all, casinos.
Example: You bet €20. Your starting hand consists of a Ten and a Queen. Since both are worth 10 points, you are allowed to split them. You elect to split them and therefore make an additional €20 bet. The dealer separates the Ten from the Queen and place a new card from the deck by the Ten to form a new starting hand. You then play that hand just as you would a normal hand. When you have finnished making decisions about that hand, the dealer places a new card form the deck by the Queen and you play that hand just like you would a normal hand.
Many casinos will allow you to double your bet if your starting hand is within the 7 – 11 point span. If you elect to double your bet, you will only get one more card on that hand.
Insurance is a type of sidebet that will pay if the dealer gets a Black Jack.
At the start of each round of black jack, the dealer will show one of the cards that will constitute her hand. If that card is an ace, she will offer the players to buy insurance. If you buy insurance and the dealer gets a blackjack, you get paid; in most casinos, the payment is 2:1. If you buy insurance and the dealer doesn’t get a blackjack, you lose the money you paid for the insurance. Thus, insurance can be caracterized as a sidebet.
If you want to buy insurance for a hand, the price is equivalent to exactly 50% of your wager on that hand. So, if you wish to buy insurance for a hand where you have wagered €10, you have to put another €5 on the table.
No, there is a skill element to Black Jack since the player makes decisions about their hand during the round.