Twenty-One Basics – Part 1

The general concept of the game is to be dealt cards totaling up to twenty one. Each chemin de fer player is assigned two cards. When a player is handed a nine or lower value card and an Ace they have been given a soft hand. When the gambler is dealt no Ace it is referred to as a hard hand. As soon as the cards have been dealt all players at the blackjack table, which includes the dealer, every player is given the opportunity to make one of six actions:

Requesting another card (Hit): When a gambler says "hit me" the croupier will give him another card, if the adding of that card causes the value of the hand to exceed twenty-one the gambler will have lost and be excluded from the game, if the card makes the total to twenty-one the blackjack player wins and if the value of the hand has not yet reached twenty-one they are still in the game.

Keeping the hand you’ve been dealt: If a player is happy with the cards they’ll hold. As soon as this has happened the dealer will reveal his or her hand and the blackjack player who has gotten twenty-one or the nearest to twenty-one will win.

Doubling Down: A blackjack player might ask to double down which increases the wager by one hundred percent they have placed. Once you have taken this action you can only be given one more card. The specifics of doubling down are often out lined by the blackjack table or betting house rules so prior to wagering make certain you’re at ease with the house rules. If you’re playing at an online casino this is normally very simple.

Stay tuned for part two.

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