Blackjack Basics

Hi, this is video tutorial on the game of Blackjack
on behalf of Blackjack Doc. Today we are going to be talking about
the basics of Blackjack. Blackjack is a card game
played between a player and a dealer. Though in land casinos it is played
by several players at one table, the online version is most of the time
for one player only. The game uses a special table covered
with a green felt which contains all the necessary information
about the rules of the game. There are also places for player bets, player cards,
dealer cards and even for drinks. Blackjack is usually played
with 4 decks of 52 cards. However some casinos may use from 1 to 8 decks. The cards are contained
in a special box called a “shoe”. The game is played with the help of casino chips
of different color depending on their value. The aim of the game is to get the hand
higher than the dealer hand without going over 21 (which in Blackjack
terms it means busting). The cards in blackjack are valued as follows: small cards from 2 to 9
are valued according to the rank. For example 4 is valued as 4 points and 8 as 8. High cards 10’s, Jacks, Queens and Kings
are valued as 10 points. Ace in Blackjack has a special value. It can be valued as either 1 or 11,
regarding what is better for the hand. Before we start playing the game, let’s learn
what are the types of blackjack hands. The highest combination in blackjackis a 10-valued card
and an Ace, which is called Blackjack or Natural. By the way, Blackjack beats any hand of 3
or more cards that totals 21. There are also two types of blackjack hands,
soft hands and hard hands, both depending on the value of an Ace. Soft hand is a blackjack hand in which an Ace
is counted as 1 or 11 without busting. For example, this hand of a 7 and an Ace
is a soft hand with the total of 18 or 8. A hard hand is a hand in which an Ace
is counted as 1 only. For example, if the player wants to take another card
and the card is a 4, an Ace will be no longer counted as 11,
and the hand total is 12. This hand of 9 and 10 is also a hard hand and totals 19. Note, that suits in blackjack are of no importance. These are the basic rules of blackjack,
and in our next video we will learn how to play blackjack with
the help of step-by-step instructions. Stay tuned and visit us at BlackjackDoc!

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