Blackjack is a comparing card game, played against the dealer. The aim of the game is to get your hand closer to 21 than the dealer’s, without going over. An ace and a face card (Jack, Queen or King) is the perfect hand of ‘Blackjack’, but closest hand (under 21) wins.
Though the concept is simple, there’s much more to Blackjack. Side games and side bets make things more interesting, including:
You can split a hand if you’re dealt two cards with the same value. Just place a second equal bet and draw two more cards, and you have two separate hands to play with. Hands with card values of 4, 5 or 10 can’t be split.
If you hold a hand of 9, 10 or 11 you can double your bet and draw a third card, in your attempt to hit that magic 21.
If you find yourself faced with a dealer holding an ace, you can place a side bet of half your original bet that he will hit Blackjack, giving you an insurance that you will win your original bet back.
However, if the dealer doesn’t hit Blackjack, you lose the side bet regardless of whether you win or lose the main hand.
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