# The Basics of Blackjack

If you’re thinking about playing a hand of Blackjack, you should know that splitting two pairs of cards will make you more likely to hit the 21 mark. Taking insurance on your hand is a good idea, because it allows you to bet against the dealer having a blackjack. You may place an insurance wager by betting half of your original bet. If the dealer does have a blackjack, you’ll get paid 2 to 1 and the game will continue as normal.

The goal of blackjack is to beat the dealer’s total. If you bust, you lose. The player gets a ‘bust’ when both their cards are the same value. A push occurs when neither the player or the dealer has a higher point value. Each player plays independently against the dealer, and the dealer may lose to one player or all of them. If you have more than one hand, you can always increase your bet to make a bigger winning bet.

The first two cards dealt to a player are called the ‘natural’. If the dealer has a ten or an ace, the player will receive a 2-to-1 payout. If the dealer does not have a blackjack, you will be asked to stand. The dealer must hit if he has a hand total of 16, or stand if he has a hand total higher than seventeen. If the dealer does have a blackjack, you will receive an even money payout.

The minimum bet for playing blackjack is 6 to 5 in some casinos. This increases the house edge and makes card counting pointless. Be careful, though; some casinos have this rule at every table. If you’re playing with 6 to 5 blackjack at a casino, make sure you check with the casino before betting. In general, the minimum bet is \$5 per hand. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. If you want to make the most out of the game, you’ll want to increase your wager to avoid busting.

In blackjack, the objective is to beat the dealer’s total point score, 21. You’ll win if your total is closer to 21 than the dealer’s. If you’re less, you’ll lose. If you beat the dealer, however, you win if the dealer breaks, stands off, or ties. There is a house edge of five percent in blackjack, so it’s important to know your odds before betting.

Players who have a total of 17 or less than 21 are required to hit, but you can also opt to stand if you’re in a strong position. You can signal to the dealer that you’re standing or not by scraping the cards on the table. After the dealer has disposed of your pair, you’ll have to decide whether to hit again or stand on your hand. However, you cannot change your decision once it has been made.

In blackjack, you’re playing against the dealer and attempting to beat their hand in order to win. You win if your hand value is greater than the broker’s. If the dealer busts, you win by default. If the dealer doesn’t bust, you’ll receive a double-digit payout. If your hand is worth more than 21 points, you’ll be a winner! So, how do you play blackjack?