Before going into the details of how the game is played, it is important to get to know the basic rules of blackjack. Basically, blackjack consists of two games – blackjack and craps. The rules of blackjack are fairly easy and familiar to most people who are well versed with the rules of poker or other card games. However, in blackjack, there are certain ‘black hat’ tactics which are unethical and can be taken advantage of by the players.
Basic Blackjack Rules: Before going into the details, it is important to first understand that blackjack rules usually follow a specific pattern. Face down cards are valued at ten to each one. Aces are valued one to each eleven, making a higher hand if the ace is dealt out. Each player starts with two concealed cards, the second player’s card is hidden before the deal begins. To ‘Strike’ means to ask for an additional card, generally done when the dealer reveals his cards.
No-limit and high stakes blackjack rules depend on the number of opponents, which can either be single or a table full of decks. In no limit blackjack rules, the dealer may call any number of hands without going over his maximum hand (dealer’s maximum hand is the number of cards that he has in his deck). This is advantageous as it prevents the player from over betting. Also, the player has a better chance of winning if his winnings are high.
Blackjack strategy and blackjack rules both depend on proper usage of the time, the bet, the position and the cards. Blackjack strategy refers to the knowledge of the game and how to make use of time and bet, while blackjack rules specify the exact way to play the game and the betting strategies. Some players choose to go all out in a strategic move, betting everything they have and that is known as ‘going all-in’. However, this is not recommended as it is possible to lose everything; an even better strategy is to bet only a small amount that you are sure to win, but to cover yourself betting losses with more bets.
As in any casino game, card counters or computer programs may be used to help analyze blackjack rules or strategy. It is possible to download software to run blackjack casino games online, these computer programs are programmed by experts in the field and to keep a constant watch on the cards dealt, they will make bets according to certain statistical analysis based on probability. The advantage to using a card counter is that you don’t have to leave your seat or read a book to do the math. All you have to do is place your bets, click your mouse buttons when the cards you want to place a bet on are dealt, and pay online through credit cards or online payment methods, which usually requires a valid email address. Some computer programs will allow you to download and print out charts of your statistics for use in your home.
In a live casino blackjack rules are different depending on the specific casino in which the game is being played. The dealer can vary the odds of blackjack deals in one casino by about two percent. A dealer may also call the cards at different times than other dealers. A good rule of thumb is that the odds of blackjack rules being followed in a live casino are about one percent in favor of the house. The odds of the house winning and the odds of the card counters winning vary slightly when blackjack rules are varied between different casinos, but the important thing is that blackjack rules every time are followed.