Blackjack is a mix of luck and strategy. Sometimes also referred to as the game of 21. The game is played between 2 parties: the player(=you) and the dealer(= the computer/the casino). Each party is dealt 2 cards. The aim is to make a number nearest to 21. The sum of both cards can be nearest to 21 or 21 but can never exceed 21. You can always access 2 of your cards and any 1 of the dealer's card. The first party to reach 21 wins the game. Each casino offers different blackjack variations. The most popular and famous are the classic blackjack game, Pontoon, Super 21, Match Play 21, Face Up 21, and Perfect Pairs! Before jumping into Blackjack, be sure to know the basic of standard blackjack!
The dealer has both cards facing down.
Super21 begins with the player being dealt 2 cards. The dealer shows 1 card facing up and the other one facing down. Players can Hit, Stand or Double.
• Hitting: a card will be dealt to the initial two card hand; be sure not to go over 21 as this results in losing the turn instantly.
• To Stand means to play the hand as it is without asking for extra cards or adding bets.
• Doubling increases your bet and also adds a card to your 2 card combo, in Super 21 you can double once anytime.
Match Play 21 is an interesting variation on the classic 21 game. But now all 10’s have been removed from the deck.
• When you Split, it means you are using your first 2 cards separately into creating 2 new hands that increase your shots at victory; this is applicable for same value pairs or high cards.
• Doubling adds an extra bet, in Match Play 21 this is allowed at any time during game play.
• Last option is Surrender that automatically discharges your hand and makes the player lose immediately with a 50% charge on his bet amount.
Both hands are dealt facing up so you can actually see what the dealer has right up front. Players can double their bets even after choosing the Split option; double is allowed on hand totals of 9, 10 or 11. If your hand is good enough against the dealer you can Stand meaning no extra cards will be dealt nor will any extra bets be allowed.
Now it’s all about 3 types of combinations.
1. The Perfect Pair is a 2 card combo in which both cards are equally ranked and suited. Example: 2 Queens of Hearts.
2. Next stop is the Mixed Pair in which both cards are ranked the same but suited differently (one card is red, the other one is black).
3. Last but not least, the Colored Pair, meaning 2 cards of the same rank and same color. Example: Two Kings of Hearts of Two Kings of Spades. If the resulting first 2 dealt cards are not a pair, the perfect pair side bet is lost.