The object of the blackjack game is to accumulate cards with point totals as close to 21 without going over 21. Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10 points. Aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever is preferable. Other cards are represented by their number.

The basics

To win you need to beat the dealer without busting. You bust when your cards total to more than 21 and you lose automatically. The winner is whoever has closest to a total of 21. You reach 21 by adding up the values of the cards.

The blackjack table seats about 6 players. Either six or eight decks of cards are used and are shuffled together by the dealer and placed in a card dispensing box called 'Shoe'.

Before receiving any cards players must place a wager. Then the players are dealt two cards face up. The dealer gets one face up, one face down. Each player in turn either stays or takes more cards to try and get closer to 21 without busting. Players who do not bust wait for the dealer's turn. When all the players are done, the dealer turns up the down card. By rule, on counts of 17 or higher the dealer must stay; on counts of 16 or lower the dealer must draw.

If you make a total of 21 with the first two cards (a 10 or a face and an Ace), you win automatically. This is called 'Blackjack'. If you have Blackjack, you will win one and one-half times your bet unless the dealer also has Blackjack, in which case it is a Push or a Tie (or a Stand-off) and you get your bet back.

The remaining players with a higher count than the dealer win an amount equal to their bet. Players with a lower count than the dealer lose their bet. If the dealer busts, all the remaining players win. There are other betting options namely Insurance, Surrender, Double Down, Even Money and Split.

Insurance: side bet up to half the initial bet against the dealer having a natural 21 - allowed only when the dealer's showing card is an Ace. If the dealer has a 10 face down and makes a blackjack, insurance pays at 2-1 odds, but loses if the dealer does not.

Surrender: giving up your hand and lose only half the bet.

Early Surrender: surrender allowed before the dealer checks for blackjack.

Late Surrender: the dealer first checks to see if he has blackjack. If he does, surrender is not permitted.

Double Down: double your initial bet following the initial two-card deal, but you can hit one card only. A good bet if the player is in a strong situation. Most casinos will allow you to double down on any two cards. Some casinos will let you double down after splitting and some will limit your doubling down to hands that total ten or eleven. However, there is one condition: When you double down, you must take one additional card and you cannot receive more than one.

Even Money: cashing in your bet immediately at a 1:1 payout ratio when you are dealt a natural blackjack and the dealer's showing card is an Ace.

Split Hand: split the initial two-card hand into two and play them separately - allowed only when the two first cards are of equal value. Use each card as the start to a separate hand and place a second bet equal to the first.

Hard Hand: A hand without an Ace, or with an Ace valued at 1 is said to be Hard in that it can only be given one value, unlike a Soft Hand. (You can value an Ace 1 or 11 to suit you).

Soft Hand: A hand that contains an Ace counted as 11 is called a Soft Hand.

Bankroll management

Some blackjack variations

Using different number of decks: all other conditions being the same, as a general rule the fewer the decks, the better for the player.

Allowing the dealer to hit a soft 17: a disadvantage to the player. It gives the dealer a chance to improve.

Allowing a double down after splitting pairs: can be advantageous to the player if used wisely.

No dealer hole card: common on cruise ships, this variation is a disadvantage to the player. The dealer does not deal himself a second card until the players have played and they can lose the doubles and splits.

Las Vegas and Atlantic City variants

Las Vegas blackjack:

Las Vegas games are played with two decks and the House must hit on hands less than soft 17 (17 involving an Ace) and must stand on hands of 17 or greater.

Atlantic City blackjack:

Atlantic City games are played with four decks and the House must hit on 16 and stand all 17's.

Perfect Pairs blackjack

Perfect Pairs is a blackjack side bet. It can be played on a standard blackjack table and does not require the main game rules to be changed. All Perfect Pairs wagers are decided and dealt with at the completion of the initial deal.

Perfect Pairs bets are made prior to any cards being dealt and must be supported by a regular Blackjack bet on the same betting box. A Perfect Pairs bet wins if the first two cards dealt to a players Blackjack hand are a pair and it loses if they are not a pair.

There are 3 different types of pairs and the payout odds vary accordingly:

Mixed pair (A pair that is made up of 1 red suited card and 1 black suited card - example 2 of clubs + 2 of hearts)

Coloured pair (A pair that is made up of 2 same cards of the same colour but are of different suits - example 6 of clubs + 6 of spades) example 8 of spades + 8 of clubs)

Perfect pair (An identical pair - example K of diamonds + K of diamonds)

A player may place a Perfect Pairs wager on any box on which the player has placed a Blackjack wager

A Perfect Pairs wager must be placed before any cards in the round of play are dealt

A Perfect Pairs wager wins if the first 2 cards dealt to the player are a pair

A Perfect Pairs wager loses if the first 2 cards dealt to the player are not a pair

Winning Perfect Pairs wagers must be paid as per the displayed paytable

After each player has been dealt the first 2 cards, the dealer must take all losing Perfect Pairs wagers and make a payout to each player who has a winning Perfect Pairs wager

The dealer then goes on to deal with each player in the usual way for Blackjack

Perfect Pairs payouts

Perfect Pair pays 30 to 1

Perfect Pair pays 30 to 1

Coloured Pair pays 10 to 1

Mixed Pair pays 5 to 1

The house edge on Perfect Pairs blackjack side bet is 6.76%.

21+3 - Blackjack and Three-card poker side game

Play Blackjack and 3-card Poker at the same time. 21+3 is a European-style Blackjack game with a high-paying side bet opportunity similar to the very popular Pairs Plus bet in the Three Card Poker game. No special poker skill is required.

The 3-card side bet, which pays relative to the combination of your first two cards and the dealer's up card, is optional. You receive two cards, both face up, and, the Dealer receives one face up card. If you made a 3-card bet and these first three cards form a winning outcome, you are immediately paid according to the side bet pay table. This side bet is independent of your subsequent Blackjack play.


Blackjack Bankroll Management Tips

Bankroll management is important for every gambler, but especially for the blackjack advantage player. You are not here to play casually. You are gambling to make money. But this also means you need to bring in more money as you will be playing on a regular basis. Here are some tips to help you manage your bankroll.

Bankroll Management Tip 1 - Set a monthly gambling allowance.

Budget your blackjack gambling as you would anything else in your life. Set aside no more than you can really afford. However, you need to understand that for long-term advantage playing, you will need a sizeable bankroll to start with. If not, your play will be crippled and you will never be able to play through your plan. So from the start, decide if you have how much it takes to do this. If you are playing blackjack and are into card counting, a $1-$60 dollar betting spread needs a bankroll of about $3,000 to start.

Bankroll Management Tip 2 - Use basic strategy always.

Basic strategy is there for a reason: to save and make money for you! You must follow basic strategy no matter what happens and no matter what your guts say. Guts play no role in advantage gambling and blackjack. It is all math-based. Even if you keep losing when you follow the strategy, stick to it. It may be okay to listen to your hunch if you are playing short term. But advantage playing is a long term affair. Long term means the house advantage will be felt so you must stick to basic strategy. This will help your bankroll a lot.

As a card counter, you will make more money playing a few hours of single deck blackjack than a week with shoe games. Even if single deck games are hard to come by, keep practicing counting systems that are optimized for such games. When you do find them, pounce on them as the gold is there. Just make sure they are NOT the yucky 6-5 blackjack games.

Bankroll Management Tip 4 - Understand expectation and standard deviation.

What this means is that the mathematical expectation for wins and earnings rarely apply in actual games. This is confusing but to give an example: A coin toss has 50/50 odds of heads or tails. Yet if you toss a coin a hundred times, chances are it will not be exactly 50-50. Most likely it will be about 55-45 or something around that figure.

It's the same with blackjack and advantage gambling. Just because card counting is supposed to give you a slight edge over the house, that does not mean you will win every time! This is what you need a big bankroll for. Some days you will win a lot more than expected, other times you will just lose - and lose a lot. But over the long term, if you stick to your plan, you WILL make a good profit.

Hopefully these bankroll management tips will help you stretch your budget. Sooner or later, the big win will come to you and the comps will start to look really good. But until then, you have to properly manage your bankroll so you live to see your best gambling days.

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