How To Play Live Dealer Blackjack

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 26th, 2010

If you ask any person in a casino what the most popular table game is they would most likely say Live Blackjack (also called 21). The game is called 21 because that is the ultimate goal is to get up to a card count of 21 without going over. You always play against the house, even if there are 4 other players at the table. You will get one card face down and one card face up. You have to keep your eyes on your own cards. The house will deal itself 2 cards both face up so you can see. You look at your cards and add them up. All cards are worth their face value. The face cards, the Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 points and the Ace can be played as a 1 or as an 11.

Add the cards you have , the ultimate goal is not to go over 21 if you do you automatically go bust. If you see by your cards that you can?t get 21 then the goal becomes to beat the cards the house has. Now if you have a face down card of 9 and a face up card of 7 the total is 16. Now you have to make a decision, do you ask for another card or do you stick with what you have? The chances of asking for another card and having it be a 5 and under are very small. Going over is not good so you can make the decision to stick then you have to hope that the dealer goes over or ends up with less than 16. If the dealer ends up with 16 then it is called a push and dealer wins.

Now, if you are dealt a hand that has two 7?s you could play this card in two ways. You could play these cards as a 14 or you can split them. This is when you use each 7 and play them each as a hand. You can increase your chances of winning or losing. Because you have to show both cards to split so there are no cards facing down. You could lose one hand but win the other. Or you could win both hands. Then you would double your money from only one bet.

If you are new to the game then you will want to stick with the low bet tables until you feel more comfortable making higher bets and you can get used to all the rules. You should know the rules backwards and forwards. By knowing the rules it makes for a better player. Practice at home with a deck of cards and some friends. You can learn the game as well as practice all situations. Even though gambling sites are not legal in the United States there are some sites that you can go and play for free. Get as much practice as you can before hitting the casinos.

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