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Blackjack Basics


Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games after slot machines. As the aim of the game is to get the sum of the cards as close to 21 , as possible, without exceeding the number. It is often referred as '21'.

Every gambler is dealt with two cards, including the dealer himself. While the gambler's card face up, the dealer has one card facing down, that is hidden from others. The dealer has to deal himself cards until his hand at least equals seventeen. The others choose to take a card depending upon their total, else they can simply 'pass'. Aces can be assigned the value 1 or 11 depending on the player. A hand that has a total exceeding twenty one is called a "bust" and is a loosing hand. Other terminologies in the game include the concept of hit, stand, soft hand, hard hand, betting circle.

The player places their wagers in the betting circle with the help of chips. As soon as all the players have made their bets the play begins. An ideal blackjack hand fetches the gambler one and a half times the bet amount.

Blackjack is a gamble and one needs to be experienced to beat the odds. One of the ways to learn this table game would be to avail free blackjack lessons provided by the casinos. This also helps the novice to get comfortable with the environment and habitual to the non verbal communication involved in the game. Some software also provide lessons and strategies on playing Blackjack. Information and betting strategies can also be shared over the internet through chat rooms, weblogs and other means.

The game involves three is to two odds ratio. The numerous tables in the casinos also have a lower limit. The beginners are usually advised to keep in mind the odds and play at low betting limits. The players need to be aware of their betting limits and the amount of loss that they can suffer.

Blackjack is based on mathematical probability. Some experts have devised certain complex matrices that help in suggesting some strategically safe bets in a game.

Blackjack is gaining popularity nowadays. New features are continuously added to the game, to keep up with its growing popularity. Some famous variations of the traditional blackjack include Split and Re split blackjack, Spanish 21, and Double Exposure Blackjack. There are also weekly tournaments organized by some casinos. The game is not only confined to casinos, but the television networks are now organizing high profile blackjack tournaments, like the World Series of Blackjack. "Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament" is one of the most famous series, and is sponsored by the Las Vegas Hilton.

The cyberspace, not to be left behind, has various online blackjack games.

Blackjack has the best odds among all the casino games. The skilled casino players know various strategies that give them an edge over others, like card counting, shuffle tracking and progressive betting. The experts also calculate their strategies with the help of betting matrices, further lowering the risk. Vigilance and experience are two important ingredients that can help you to become an expert.

Mansi aggarwal writes about blackjack. Learn more at http://www.playsomeblackjack.com


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