Black Jack gained popularity in the 1960s when a group of Black Jack players have mastered the patterns of a single deck. Because of these patterns, a lot of enthusiasts started studying it and some, actually, were able to beat the dealer. Since then, the game has evolved to the more complicated game we came to know and love. If you’re one of those Black Jack enthusiasts or starting to learn, we know you’d like to be on the top too! So, here are some things we’ve compiled that we think you should know:
Usually played with seven seats and a dealer, the game starts when cards are shuffled and placed on a receptacle called a shoe. The shoe should be able to deal a single card every time a dealer draws out a card. The idea of game revolves around getting a sum of 21 for all the cards in your hand. Originally, this game is played on a single deck, but since there is a possibility of beating the dealer on this table, casinos decided to use two or more decks. However, some casinos still play the one deck table. Cards between two and 10 will have the value denominated on them, while King, Queen, and Jack will be 10 points each. For Aces, it is either a 1 or an 11, depending on the game. Keep in mind, however, that no player should get a value higher than the dealer’s cards. A Black Jack pays a 3-2, which means if a player gets a total of 21 with only two cards in his hand; his $5 bet will be paid $7.50. A tie with the dealer happens most of the time, when this occurs, the challenge will depend on how many cards were used to be the closest number to 21. If the dealer used three cards, then the player with two cards wins the game. If both dealer and player have two cards, then the player will get his original bet. Before sitting on the table, make sure to check the betting range. There is a signage near the tale that will dictate how much the minimum and the maximum bet options are for players.
The game starts when someone starts placing a bet or pushing chips on the betting square in the table. Once bets have been acknowledged, each player including the dealer are dealt two cards. In a shoe game, all player cards are dealt face up, showing the values, and the players are not permitted to touch the cards. In a single- or double-deck game, cards are dealt from the hand, and are distributed facedown. Players are allowed to pick them up with one hand. After all players receive their cards, one of the dealer’s cards will be turned face up so the players can see it. Then, players decide one by one how they chose to play out their hands. They can ask for more cards or signal that they have enough. After all players have finished, the dealer plays according to the rules set before the game starts.
But how do you tell the dealer that you need more cards or you are already satisfied with your hand? This is when you call for a hit, a stand, a double down, or a split.
A hit means you need one more card. To signal this message, you need to point to your cards or scratch your cards. Others also wave toward them in a shoe game. In facedown games, the player signals a hit by scratching the table with the cards only.
A stand means you are confident with your hand and will not get another card. To get this message across, put your open palm over your cards in a face-up game. In a face-down table, slide your cards under your chips on the bet box.
Next is a double down. This means that you intend to double your original bet and will receive one more card only. To do a double down in a face up game, take chips that are equal to the amount of your original bet and place them in your bet box. In a facedown game, you need to reveal the first two cards initially dealt to you.
Fourth is the split. Since this is a game for seven people, it is very likely that two players will win at the same time or be given two cards of the same denomination. A split is offered by the dealer when the player has two cards of the same denomination. For example, players who are given two 7s may choose to slide a second bet equal to the first; then, the dealer will separate the 7s. This makes the two cards your first card in the split game. The dealer will then put a second card on the first 7. You play that hand out in normal fashion until you either stand or bust; the same happens to the second 7.
Lastly, there is still the bust. Players who get a bust means their cards have exceeded the desired value which is 21 or their cards have more value than the dealer’s’ hand. If this happens, the dealer takes your chips and you lose the round. A bust usually happens after a player goes for hit.
SOME REMINDERS TO KEEP IN MIND
Anywhere we go, manners and etiquette is important; and any decent person who would like to play Black Jack should know a few etiquette points when joining a table.
There you have it, the basic rules of the game and some tips and tricks you can carry in handy with you. We hope you will enjoy playing Black Jack as much as we do here in Capitol Casino. Bring your friends for a game to practice what you’ve just learned. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the suspense and fun of Black Jack!