Introduction to Blackjack

by Nav | Apr 13, 2020

Introduction to Blackjack

Blackjack rules

Here you will get familiar with basic Blackjack rules and objectives. The objective is to beat the dealer’s hand by either;

  • having a total that exceeds the dealer’s total;
  • by not going over 21 when the dealer does go over 21 or;
  • if player’s and dealer’s points total are equal, then this is a tie which means nobody wins or loses.

Blackjack rules

Points on cards

  • Aces are counted as 1 or 11
  • Face or Picture Cards counts as 10
  • 2 to 9 count according to their Face Value
  • A soft hand has an Ace counted as 1
  • And other hands are labelled hard in point value

Blackjack - Card values


If a point count exceeds 21, that means the hand is busted and the bet is automatically lost, other terms are also used like “break” when the dealer’s hand exceeds 21. For example, if a player is dealt a 10 & 6, then draws one more card which was a 9, the player is busted as his hand adds up to be 25.

Blackjack - Busted


Hard Vs Soft Hand

A hard hand is any hand that either does not contain an ace, or if it does, it counts the ace as 11. For example, 10 & 8 is a hard hand 18; 5, A, 2, 10 is a hard hand 18.

Soft hand contains an ace that counts as 11. For example A & 5 is a soft 16; A, 2 & 5 is a soft 18; and 3, 2, A 3 is a soft 19. When you receive your first two cards and one of them is an ace, count the ace as 11.

A lot of the time when you are dealt a soft hand and draw more cards, your hand will convert to a hard hand.

For example, suppose a player is dealt a 5, A which is a soft 16, and he draws another card. Suppose the draw card was a 6. The player now has a hard 12 (i.e., you can never bust when you draw to a soft hand). You need to know the dissimilarity between a hard and soft hand in blackjack is because the playing strategy is usually different even though the sum of the hand is the same. For example, a 10,& 6 (hard 16) is played differently than an A & 5 (soft 16).

Blackjack - Hard Hand Vs Soft Hand


Doubling down on your stake

Playing a stake which is out of your comfort-zone can cause players not to take full advantage of the “Double Down” option. Doubling Down empowers the player to increase full value when they have a decent situation against the dealer. If a player’s original stake is too large, they are often dissuaded from making the Double Down, and are incapable to increase that value.

Blackjack - Doubling down

Splitting pairs

In comparison to the reluctance players sometimes feel to Double Down, they tend to split pairs of value cards (generally A’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s & 8’s. If the dealer is showing a 5 or a 6, the player tends to think they have an easy chance to win two hands. The reason being, that the dealers generally have to stand on hard 17, but if they are showing a 5 or 6 the dealer has to draw a minimum of another 2 cards. This increases the chances of the dealer busting.

Blackjack - Splitting pairs

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