A guide to basic blackjack rules

Blackjack is among the most common and popular casino games around. Thousands of people play blackjack everyday not only online but also in real casinos. If you want to play blackjack but dont know its rules then you need not worry because it is a really simple game. Get to know the basic blackjack rules here.

In the game of blackjack, you do not compete with other players. You actually compete only against the dealer. The aim is to be able to obtain cards whose total is not higher than 21 but still higher than the hand of the dealer. When the total of cards crosses 21 you are said to have busted and you lose the game. Your cards total value is determined by adding all of them together.

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Online Blackjack Protection

If you play blackjack online, or any casino games online for that matter, you need to protect  yourself. Since you are playing at websites that are owned and run overseas, you don’t have the protection of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The consumerfinance.gov website can’t help with foreign companies that are based offshore. That makes it more important for you to see to your own protection. Instead of assuming someone else is looking out for you, do your own research and pay attention.

That means playing at only online casinos that you can verify to be safe. That may sound difficult but it’s easier than it seems. First

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How to deal blackjack

Learning how to deal blackjack is not that difficult but you do need to remember very specific rules when you deal. Begin to deal with the player on your left. Give them a card that is face up. Deal to the next person on the right and continue around the table until you get a card. Your card goes face down. Deal one more round of cards in the same manner so each player has two cards. Yours are both face down, one on top of the other. Put the cards down and flip your bottom card over to reveal the face.

If your bottom card shows an ace when you flip it, ask if anyone would like insurance. The insurance bet is half the amount of the original bet. If the dealer has a blackjack, it pays two to one and protects the bet.

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My Wife Hates Live Dealer Blackjack

My wife hates live dealer blackjack. Or more specifically, she hates it when I play the games. She says they are exploitative or sexist or something like that and she asks why the dealer couldn’t be a man. Or an old, big-boned woman.

I like the live dealer games. Playing blackjack online instead of at a land casino always caused a sort of disconnect. It was just you against a computer program with no human component. No other players at your table. No dealer to talk to. Live dealer games changed that. W

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The History of Card Counting in Blackjack

The skill of card counting in Blackjack is one that is often credited to the legendary Blackjack player Ed Thorp, but the skill actually goes back to the middle of the twentieth century, when the popular book Playing Blackjack to Win was published in 1957.

Before that date, there was no real strategy in Blackjack indeed, it was more of a game based around guesses and hunches rather than anything more solid.

The book though, written by the four legendary Blackjack players Roger Baldwin, Herbert Maisel, James McDermott and Wilbert Cantey (or The Four Horsemen as they were more commonly known), changed everything.

It contained the worlds first mathematical blackjack strategy and also spoke about a rudimentary system for counting cards that required the use of adding machines to help players become more successful.

This theory certainly made an impact on Thorpe who took the Horsemens thoughts and developed them into a system that no longer required counting machines.

Instead, Thorpes system simply recommended 16 different strategies based on the cards which were showing on the table at any one time.

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