Blackjack is among the most popular card games both online and in real casinos. A reason for its popularity is due to the mix of chance with elements of skill that is involved in this game. Combining these elements, the player has a better chance either to get the card he wants or to get as far as he can in beating the dealer. The objective of the game is to get 21 points or as close to 21 as possible without going over. Being dealt an Ace and a face card is a blackjack and this is an instant win. However, the player must closely remember that this is not his limit and it is the dealer’s turn to hit. The dealer has to reach 21 or as close to 21 as possible. However, the dealer has to stop, as he must be paid for his cards. So both the player and the dealer will draw cards until either the dealer busts or the player busts.
The cards that the player draws will be face up. The cards that the dealer will draw are face down. Once the cards are dealt, even at face up, the cards in the player’s hand are placed in front of the dealer’s cards. Now the player must choose from four actions to proceed in the game. The player can “hit,” which means the player wants the cards and must draw again. The player can “stand,” which means the player does not want the cards and will draw no more cards. The player can “split,” when a player has two of the same cards. The player splits the cards into two hands, placing one bet on each hand. The player can also “double down,” when a player has a good hand, but not the best, and wants to double the bet. Doubling down after splitting is allowed. If the player has 11, for example, but the dealer has a 7 showing, the player has the option of surrendering half of his bet, rather than going to war.
When the player opts to surrender, the Remipoker will give the player half of his bet. This is his chance to ask for more cards. If the player chooses to surrender, the dealer will remove half of the cards from the deck, leaving behind a card face up. After the deck is shuffled again, the game is over. Once the player has completed his hand, he can pick out his cards and the dealer will add an additional bet to the hand. The dealer will then show all of his cards, with the home cards facing up.
During the game, the player’s two cards are dealt face downward and the dealer’s home card is dealt face up. The dealer has to hit on a soft 17, and the player must hit on a hard 17 or higher. If the dealer has an ace, the player can have an extra card in order to beat the dealer.
Should the dealer have an ace facing up, the player can have an extra card, provided the player has been dealt three cards, his cards are unknown. On the other hand, if the dealer has an ace facing up, the player cannot get an extra card.
During the game, the player can also double on any card as long as the player has been dealt three cards. Essentially, the player can decide to double down on any hand. He can double down on any two cards, including aces. However, the player cannot double down on tens or lower, as well as any number of cards. The player may, instead, split the cards into two hands of two cards each and play them separately, requesting that he be dealt a third card in order to beat the house. During this process of splitting and doubling, the player must add an additional bet to the wager and to pay for any additional cards that he wishes to play.
When the dealer is dealt a ten-card face in blackjack, the player has the option of “standing” instead of hitting. In standing, the player does not hit back. If the dealer has an ace, there is no option of “hitting” since the dealer must hit. However, if the player has a blackjack and the dealer has an ace facing up, the player can choose to “double down” on the initial hand. During doubling down, the player must add an additional bet to the original one and payouts on the initial hand are determined using the established blackjack payout table. For example, if the initial payout is $5 for a blackjack of $11, the player can double down and pay $10 for the $11. This is the maximum allowed bet in half dollar ($2) or dollar ($1) tables.
If the dealer’s up card is an ace, the player has the option of “hitting” instead of “standing.”