Updated On: June 14, 2018, 8:10 am

Blackjack Rules and Terms Guide

Blackjack is a deceptively simple game. You only have to obtain a score equal to or as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you get a 21 or less and it is higher than the dealer's hand, you win. This is the game of blackjack in a nutshell. But there is a bit more to it than that. Below are the basic blackjack terms and rules you need to know to really understand the game.

Starting the Game

DEALING. You begin by placing your wager on the betting circle in front of you. After this the dealer gives you and all the other players including him or herself two cards each.

BLACKJACK. If your first two cards add up to 21, you have a blackjack. If the dealer does not have a blackjack, you win automatically. If the dealer also has a blackjack, it is a push and your bet is returned.

HIT. If you do not have a blackjack, you can hit, that is, ask for a card to add to your hand. You can keep hitting until you get a score of 21 or higher or until you do not want to hit any further.

DOUBLE DOWN. If you think you can beat the dealer's hand with just one more hit, you can double your bet and ask for one last card.

SPLIT. If you are dealt two identical cards such as two sevens, you can split them and play them as separate hands. You must wager the same amount for each hand. If you split aces, you are dealt only one card each.

STAND. Whenever you are happy with your hand, you can stay with it or stand.

INSURANCE. You can make an insurance bet if the dealer's up card is an ace. You are essentially wagering they have a blackjack and you can't beat it. The insurance bet is separate from the original bet.

SURRENDER. There are instances when it is better to surrender than play a hand. When this is allowed, the player forfeits half their original bet.

DEALER. After the player's hand has been addressed, it is the dealer's turn to act. The dealer will keep hitting for more cards until they get a score of 17 or more. In some cases, the dealer must draw to a 17 that has an ace in it (a "soft" 17).

In terms of difficulty level, blackjack is a medium level game. It is simple enough for casual players to enjoy, and complex enough for advantage gamblers to dig their teeth into. Play blackjack online now and get sign up bonuses!

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