Blackjack or its virtual version — online blackjack — is widely considered to be the most popular card game outside of poker. Also known as 21, Blackjack’s rules are fairly simple to grasp, the gameplay is captivating and exciting, and it is a game that requires the use of a sharp strategy if you want to excel at it. As a matter of fact, players who have the ability to count cards and play a perfect game actually hold a considerable advantage over the dealer, thus giving him or her the inside track on the win.
However, the best part is the casual player, who plays a good game every now and then, can still come away with wins, thus making Blackjack very appealing to card players of all levels.
The popularity of the game started to rise during the height of World War 1. However, its origins can actually be traced all the way back to France in the 1760s. These days, Blackjack is a card game that is played in each and every casino — be it brick and mortar or online — all around the world.
In casino play, the house is considered to be the dealer. During gameplay, the dealer is standing up while the participants remain seated. The dealer holds the responsibility of conducting all the elements of the game — whether it is shuffling the deck to dealing the cards all the way to taking care of the bets. Meanwhile, in casual games played at home, all of the players can actually have the responsibility of becoming the dealer.
Blackjack makes use of one or even more standard card decks. Each denomination is designated a point value with cards 2 all the way to 10 retaining their face value. Then, the king, queen, as well as the jacks are worth 10. Meanwhile, an ace can be used as either 11 or 1. The goal of the game is to draw cards that total close to or match 21, without going over the cards of the dealer.
The best hand of all is a blackjack, which is just cards that are worth 21.
Blackjack is commonly played on a table that has an arc-shape that has room for seven seated players and a dealer that is posed on the inside, right behind the table. At the corner, players would see signage that indicates the minimum bet and maximum bet of that particular table, as well as other modifications to the common rules of the game.