Whether you have actually played the game or not, everyone has heard about blackjack. It is one of the most popular casino games and can trace its origin back to several European games. After its popularity in different European countries, the game finally reached the shore of North America in the 19th century. Though initially it took some time for the game to gain popularity, with the legalization of gambling in the state of Nevada and its introduction in several well known land based casino, the game soon gained huge popularity.
There are several versions of the game available in the casinos but the basic idea of blackjack is that the players have to make a hand whose value should be as close to 21 as possible or exactly 21 but at the same time should not exceed 21. In blackjack the players do not play against each other but against the dealer. Though the basic rules of the game remains same, there are minor variations in the game from one casino to another, so it is very important to go through the instructions and rules of the game carefully whenever playing, especially when playing with real money.
Blackjack can be either played with 1 deck of card or multiple decks like 2, 4, 6 or 8 decks. Before beginning the game, the players have to place their bets and the player, whose hand value is closest to 21, wins the game. When the cards the dealt, the players have several options to go with and taking the correct step in this stage of the game is crucial.
In blackjack, suits are of no importance. The different numbered cards i.e. those ranging from 2 to 10 are worth their face value while the different face cards are worth 10 points. In blackjack, the Ace is given special importance and can prove very advantageous to the player who has it. The Ace can either have a value of 1or 11, depending on the kind of hand the player has.