Blackjack’s lasting appeal can be attributed in part to the game’s basic rules. A hand as close to 21 as feasible is the goal, but not quite. It’s a bust if your hand totals more than 21. The dealer is the only opponent for the players at a table playing blackjack. The dealer’s hand is everything that matters to each player.
The suits of the actual cards have no bearing on the outcome of a hand in blackjack. While all picture cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10, all number cards are worth their corresponding number. Aces are worth more and can be worth up to 11 or 1 depending on the player’s hand. If a player has one Ace and one Eight is worth 19 points. There is a 14-point advantage in holding an Ace, a 4, and a 9. (the Ace is valued at one, known as a hard Ace because if it were valued at 11 the hand would bust).
An actual table where you play blackjack is made up of two halves that are joined together, like a half-moon. The dealer occupies the center of the side which is straight from the table, while the other players take their places in the arc created by the dealer.
Once the bets are put and the dealing begins, we’ll see what occurs.
WHERE TO START IF YOU’RE NEW TO BLACKJACK
It’s always a good idea to pack up some nice clothing before coming to Las Vegas so you can enjoy a nice dinner and a few drinks at one of our excellent nightclubs. Bring your sense of curiosity and spend some time learning how to win at blackjack in Vegas before you see a famous Las Vegas performance.
This week, we’re going to show you how to play blackjack in our ongoing “how to play” video series. Because basic blackjack strategy is so simple to master, it’s a popular choice for first-time Las Vegas gamblers. When playing blackjack, the goal is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over before the dealer hits 17 cards. If you don’t bust and your total is higher than the dealer’s, you can win. Even higher payouts are possible if you hit exactly 21.
Remember that a hand containing an ace and either a 10 or a jack automatically equals 21, so keep that in mind as you play. You’ll learn how to hit, split, hold, and fold.