Originating from 1760s France when it was called ‘Vingt-et-Un’, i.e. ‘Twenty-One’, blackjack has pretty much retained its popularity. Beloved all round the globe, most players tend to confuse the aim of the game when it comes to facing off with the dealer.
Contrary to the dictionary-like explanation, the point of blackjack is not to get as close to the number 21 as you can. The point is to beat the dealer, or the casino if you’re playing blackjack online. As long as you manage the best the opponent, then the money is yours any how. No need to be overly risky.
You ‘beat’ the dealer/casino in one of three main ways:
- Don’t go bust (in other words, don’t go over 21)
- Get a higher score than the dealer/casino
- Wait it out until the dealer goes bust
In reality, you should see the score of ’21’ as a sort of line in the sand. You should really really try hard not to go over it.
No matter if you’re playing online or at a physical casino, the basis of how blackjack is played remains the same. The casino will typically shuffle together several card decks, usually six, so that there’s around 312 cards in the game. The 6-deck version of blackjack tends to be the most common.
The blackjack table is semi-circular in shape at both live blackjack (played at live casinos), table blackjack, and the blackjack played at physical casinos. Once you’re seated, the process is easy.
- Player buys into the game using account credit/chips
- Player makes their wager
- Dealer or computer will deal out cards to the players
- Player plays their hand (more on that down below)
- Dealer plays their hand
- Cash-outs ensue for one of the parties!
Every time the dealer gives out a draw, it will be two cards at a time. The minimum and maximum bets are usually set to general limits. These limits are somewhere between $2 and $500.
Take a look down below to get bearings on how a blackjack table is organized:
Across all casino platforms: physical, computerized table game or live blackjack – this table format is pretty much the same. The dealer stands behind the chips tray, and draws cards from the shoe. In the middle there is the dealer’s hand – which should be the player’s primary focus because it is this hand you have to beat. Players sit or are virtually positioned, round the semi-circle. There is a position for each player to sit, and where to play bets and cards. Most tables can fit between five to six players at a go.