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Blackjack Do's and Don'ts with Other Players

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Blackjack is a very common game played by many people, and is very popular in casinos. A lot of people know how to play it, some know how to “play by the rules” some just play for fun. Most people in casino’s only play by the rules and people who don’t are usually not liked by other players.My first time in a casino I was just there for the fun and thrill of everything so a couple friends and I went to play some blackjack. Some people would make weird faces at me or sigh or something when i made a wrong move, I thought to myself, “its my hand why can’t I do what I want?”. Its not that easy. When people play for money in a casino it is usually by the books, or “by the rules” as we always said.

In blackjack everyone in the game is ONLY playing against the dealer. The dealer deals everyones 2 cards face up, except himself who has 1 card face up. The idea of the game is to get as close to 21 points or 21 points exactly without going over. The dealer, after dealing everyone 2 cards now addresses each person starting on his left and going clockwise asking if they want cards. Aces are worth either 1 or 11, face cards (kings, queens, and jacks) are all worth 10, and each number is worth its number. For example, I have a 2 and a 3, that equals 5, that means I wanna hit up until I think I can beat the dealer. Hitting once lets say I get a 5 now I still cant bust so I might as well hit again. Lets say I get an ace, that makes 11 or 21, 21 is the highest score so we stand on that. After the stand the dealer goes around the table asking for hits or stands, until everyone is done. Then the dealer plays his/her hand. In most cases the dealer is required to stand on 17 because of house rules.

Now lets go over playing by the rules. My theory was the first time, oh hey dealer has to play up till 17+ and stand on that maybe i should do that. That is not the case all the time. Lets say I’m sitting with a 12 and the dealer has a 6 showing. I only have 12 how am I suppose to win? So I go ahead and hit. I get a 10 and I’m busted. The dealer flips his cards and hes got 16, this means I took his 10 that would have busted him. And instead he gets a 4 and now has 20 beating everyone at the table. This usually gets many dirty looks.

Lets go into the game again. If a dealer is showing a bust card, 2,3,4,5,6. Most people would stand on anything over 12 so they themselves don’t bust or take the dealers bust card, this is assuming he has a 10 under. After learning how to play I realized that it is in fact better to play by these rules.

A few of the other rules, lets say the dealer does have a 7,8,9,10 showing, considering there is a high number of 10s in the deck with jacks queens and kings being 10s, there is a high chance that the dealer will have 17,18,19,20. So the dealer has a 10 up. What do we do? we play like the dealer would, we hit up to 17 and stop. Do we have to hit up to 17? No. Does the dealer have 10 under? We don’t know that either, in blackjack it is always assumed that the dealer has 10 under. But hitting up until 17 gives the best odds at beating a dealer with a winning hand showing at the time.

All in all, playing by the rules gives the best odds at winning. Personal experiences? I myself before knowing how to “play by the rules” i didn’t do so hot. After learning these rules from a friend, It was totally different. Have i won money against a dealer? Yes a lot. Have I lost money? Of course i have. Its called gambling for a reason.

With these rules, blackjack should be a little more fun and maybe even a little more profitable.