Basic Rules and Betting Limits
In classic blackjack games the object is to get closer to 21, without going over, than the dealer. To start, both dealer and player get two cards. The player’s cards are dealt face up and the dealer has one face up and the other hidden.
- Aces count as either 1 or 11 depending which is most beneficial.
- Kings, Queens and Jacks count as 10.
- Number cards 2-10 retain their face value.
- The different suits don’t matter.
If the cards you are dealt total more than 21’ you are ‘bust’ regardless of the dealer’s hand. If the dealer is bust you win the hand.
Betting limits do vary widely but most casinos offer both high and low stakes games, which make the classic blackjack game ideal for both the newbie and the more experienced player. The cards are shuffled after each game.
How to Play Classic Blackjack
In many cases classic blackjack is played with one deck of cards, including for example the Microgaming version. However, there are other variations including the Net Entertainment (NetEnt) version, which is played with six decks.
After you decide on your wager amount and have been dealt your first two cards you have two options – Hit or Stand. To Hit is to request another card from the dealer –you can continue Hitting until you are happy with your hand. To Stand is to be satisfied with your hand and stop receiving cards.
Some casinos offer their players helpful strategy charts which can be consulted at any point during the game.