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How To Play Blackjack

Ace/Jack of Spades Blackjack is card game played with a standard 52 card deck. Most online Blackjack games use only one deck, which is shuffled after each hand is complete, however 6 deck Blackjack is also popular.

The basic object of the game is to get your card total as close to 21 without going over 21 while beating the dealers hand. If there is a tie then the game is considered a push at most casinos, and no money is lost. However, some casinos play so the house wins on a tie (which we would recommend avioding, as it gives the house more of an edge). The highest hand that you can have is a Blackjack, whcih consists of a face card and an Ace. This hand is unbeatable unless the dealer has also been dealt a Blackjack.

A cards value is determined by the card number, with face cards valued at 10 and aces values as either 1 or 11. For example, a 7 and an Ace makes 8 or 18, two face cards makes 20, etc.

Hitting And Standing
If you are content with the first 2 cards you receive you may stand and not receive any more cards. If you feel that the dealer has a better hand then you, you may then "hit" which gives you another card. In most Casinos if the dealer has 17 or more he must stand, and if the dealer has less than 17 the dealer must hit. Check with each casino to see their house rules before you drop any money on the table.

Splitting Pairs
If your first two cards are a pair you may split them if you wish. Splitting allows you to play two hands in one game by splitting an initial two card hand into two hands. To split you must match your current wager. The dealer will then will then deal a card to the first hand and you may then hit, stand or split depending on the rules of the house. When you have completed the first hand the dealer will then deal a card to the second hand and then you may continue as normal. If aces are split the dealer will deal one card to each ace and no more.

Doubling Down
After the first two cards have been dealt, you have the option of doubling your original bet and taking one, and only one hit to complete your hand.