Blackjack dealers have a lot of responsibilities, and they need to be able to pay out all wagers quickly and accurately. In addition, they also need to be able to watch for players who may be trying to cheat or take advantage of the game.
How to Play Blackjack
To start playing blackjack, you need to place a bet and then receive two cards from the dealer. You can choose to “hit” (take a card) or “stand.” In shoe games, you can signal the dealer by tapping the table with your finger. In hand-held games, you can scratch the table with your finger or beckon to the dealer by making a rubbing motion with your fingers.
If you have a good blackjack hand, you can win 3:2 on your bet if the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack or “natural.” If both you and the dealer have a natural, the round is called a push; no exchange of bets takes place.
How to Count Cards
A blackjack is a starting hand of a 10-valued card and an Ace, which beats all other hands except for a 21. Using basic strategy, you can increase your bet when the dealer’s face-up card is an ace and decrease your bet when the dealer’s card is a 10.
How to Know When to Surrender Your Bet
You can surrender half of your bet if you don’t think your hand has a good chance of winning. This is known as early surrender and it’s a great way to reduce your loss.
How to Resplit Your Hand
If you have a split hand, you can re-split it into two new hands and then place another bet on each. This can be a good strategy for players who have weak hands but want to maximize their odds of winning.
What to Know About Insurance
In some blackjack games, a player can place an insurance bet on a dealer’s face-up card of ace. When this happens, the dealer checks her hole card, which is a special viewing window at the bottom of her deck. If she has a ten beneath the ace, she gets a blackjack and pays the players who made insurance bets at 2 to 1.
What to Know About Spanish 21
In Spanish 21, there are many rules that are different from American Blackjack. Among them, you can’t re-double or split aces.
What to Know About The House Edge
The house edge is the expected advantage that the casino has over the player in any given situation. It’s a useful number to keep in mind when you’re playing blackjack, especially if you’re a beginner and don’t have much experience.
How to Know When to Double Down
In some casinos, a player can double down after splitting, but in other casinos, you must first split your hand before you can do so. This can make it more difficult to double down.
What to Know About The Blackjack Payouts
In American Blackjack, the payout for a natural is 3:2 on your bet. If you have a split hand, you get paid 1:1.