Learn The Game
Blackjack is one of the most popular games played in casinos around the country. After reading this guide, then playing a game or two at the tables, you'll be playing like an "Ace" in no time!
Playing a Hand.
In Blackjack, it's you against the dealer. The object of the game is to have the total point value of the cards dealt to you exceed the point value of the dealer's hand without going over 21. If you "bust" (go over 21), you automatically lose, even if the dealer then goes over 21.
Each card counts as the numerical value of the card except for Jacks, Queens, and Kings, which always count as ten. Aces count as either 1or 11, whichever you choose.
Six decks of cards are shuffled together and dealt from the "shoe" by the dealer. The dealer starts by dealing each player two cards up and himself or herself one card up and one card down. (Show & Tell Blackjack is the only exception. Ask your casino dealer to learn more about this type of Blackjack). If you feel you need "hits" (additional cards) to beat the dealer, you simply request more cards until you're satisfied with your hand and decide to "stand".
All action may be indicated by hand gestures. For a "hit", place your index finger on the table near your bet and motion towards yourself. To "stand", place your hand in the air above your cards and motion left to right. You may indicate verbally if you decide to "split pairs", "double down", or take "insurance". (These terms are defined below). When everyone has played their hands, the dealer must draw a card on any point total of 16.
If the dealer busts, then all players with 21 points or less win. Otherwise, the dealer compares his or her hand to each player's and collects the bets from hands less than the dealer's. With a "push" (a tie), no one wins or loses and all winning bets pay even money with the exception of "Blackjack" (an even 21).
There are minimum and maximum bet limits clearly identified on the Fond-du-Luth Casino Blackjack tables. You must bet with Fond-du-Luth chips, which are available from your dealer. Stack the chips in front of you then place your bet on the Fond-du-Luth logo before the dealer begins the next deal.
"Blackjack!" - If your first two cards total 21, any Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King, you have a Blackjack. Blackjack pays 3-2 times your original bet.
"Splitting Pairs" - If you're dealt a "pair" (two of the same cards), you can play two hands at once or split the pair. Both bets must be equal. Your dealer will then split your cards and continue to deal. Each hand is then played individually. If you get another pair, you may re-split and continue the procedure. However, if you split a pair of Aces, you will get one card only per Ace. If you hit 21, it is not considered a true Blackjack and pays even money if you win the hand. After a split (unless your hand includes Aces, (you can also "double down".
"Doubling Down" - Once you've been dealt your two cards, you can bet any amount up to the total of your original bet. Simply place the additional chips next to your initial bet. You will receive only one more card, and you must stand automatically.
"Insurance" - When the dealer's hand shows an Ace, you may wish to take insurance, meaning you will bet that the dealer's down card will be a 10, Jack, Queen or King. You may wager up to half your original bet. If the dealer has Blackjack, you'll win double your insurance bet, but you will not receive your original bet. However, the only exception is when you've been dealt a Blackjack, which "pushes". If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose your insurance bet and the game continues.