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Blackjack is a favorite among gamblers around the world, partly because it is mathematically beatable and players feel the odds are less random than the spin of a roulette wheel, or the pull of a slot machine handle. Blackjack uses a standard set of 52 playing cards and players compete against the dealer, not each other. The rules of Blackjack are actually very simple and can be learnt easily, however there is a strategy you can learn to increase your winning odds.

Values of cards

King, Queen, Jack, 10 = 10

2-9 = Face value

Aces = 11 or 1

The player wins when the total value of cards in his hand is closer to 21 than those held by the dealer, without exceeding 21. A hand with a value over 21 is called a "bust," and is an automatic loser. If you and the dealer have the same card total (17 and up) neither of you wins and your bet is returned to you in a "push".

The player wins one and a half times his bet if his first two cards total 21 (also called a natural Blackjack). The only way two cards can have a value of 21 is if one of them is an Ace, and the other is a 10-value card. (e.g. An ace and a king, and an ace and a queen are both blackjacks.) A blackjack beats all other hands except for another blackjack. If you have a blackjack, and the dealer has 3 cards that add up to 21, you still win the hand although you both have hands valued at 21.


Blackjack is the most widely played casino game in the world in land based casinos, and in online casinos slot is even more popular. Blackjack is a game that is attractive to just about any casino gambler for a number of reasons. The simplicity of the game make it possible for anybody to learn. And for those who are more concerned with strategy, it is a game that can actually be beaten if properly strategized. Blackjack is a game of chance, and a game of strategy, which is why it appeals to so many genres of players. It is a great game to play for fun, or for monetary purposes in an online casino setting.