Blackjack is a card game in which the players are attempting to beat the dealer’s hand by either having a total higher than the dealer, or not going over 21 when the dealer does. There are many different betting options and rules that govern the game.
How to Become a Blackjack Dealer
The job of a blackjack dealer requires some knowledge of the game of blackjack, as well as casino rules and regulations. The dealer is responsible for dealing the cards and collecting all bets from players. They must also change money for customers and know how to spot counterfeit bills.
Qualifications for a career as a blackjack dealer depend on the specific casino and the location of the casino. Most casinos require dealers to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent and have completed a casino gaming program that is funded by the casino or part of a vocational school.
How to Play the Game
The player and the dealer each have two cards, a face up card and a face down card. The player is allowed to hit (get more cards), stand (hold their current cards and do not receive any more) or surrender (give up half their bet).
Insurance, Double Down Restrictions
In some blackjack games a side bet called “insurance” may be available. This pays off if the dealer has an ace showing. This bet is a win-win for the player and the dealer, as the dealer will pay the player 2 to 1 on their original wager.
Basic Strategy for Blackjack
If a player follows basic strategy, they should lose on average less than 1% of their bets over the long run. However, the house edge is built into the game, so players who use strategies that deviate from the basic strategy will increase the casino’s advantage.
One of the best strategies for blackjack is the “10 count.” This strategy allows players to make better decisions and lower their chances of busting. The first ten cards are counted as 11 points, while the remaining cards are ranked according to their index value, with aces being worth 1 or 11, and all face cards, or picture cards, being valued at 10.
Split A Pair of Aces
In most versions of blackjack, a player can split two aces into separate hands. The player is then dealt a second card for each hand. This can be beneficial for those with weaker hands, as it can help them avoid busting.
Taking Even Money
In blackjack, there is a popular bet called “even money,” which pays off when the dealer has an ace showing and the player holds a blackjack. Whether or not you decide to take even money, always ask the dealer to check her hole card before you place your bet.
The dealer will then check her hole card and if she has an ace, you will be offered “even money.” This is just another form of gambling that increases the house edge.