How to Play Blackjack: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Play Blackjack: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Play Blackjack: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Blackjack is a simple card game that has a greater number of players than roulette, or any other casino game. To win a game of Blackjack, you not only need luck or chance, but you also need to have a strategy.


Method 1 of 2: For Beginners


Step 1. Learn the value of the card

In Blackjack, each card has its own value. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer and also prevent your card from burning where it has a total of 22 or more. Here are the values of each card in the Blackjack game:

  • Number card: The number listed on the card is the same as the value of the card (cards 2 to 10).
  • Royal Card: This card has a value of 10.
  • Ace Cards: Aces can be worth 1 or 10 depending on their use. But usually this ace is given a value of 11, but all can change to a value of 1 if it is needed.

    • If you have an ace with a king card or a card that has a value of 10, then you immediately get a Blackjack.
    • The hand of the ace holding the ace is called the "smooth" hand.

Step 2. Study your options:

Usually a casino benefits from this game by making the player the first bettor. If a player has more than 21 cards, the dealer will immediately take the player's bet money. And if the Dealer gets a number of cards that are more than 21 as well, then the bet money still belongs to the Dealer. The dealer has the authority to open his cards last. There are two basic choices when it's your turn to play:

  • Hit: Takes another card. You can take another card until you reach the number 21.
  • Stand: You do not take any additional cards.
  • But there are a few other options you can take when it's your turn to play, namely:

    • Insurance (Insurance): If the dealer's card is an ace, the player may buy insurance (insurance) whose value is half the money bet. The player is allowed to buy insurance if the player thinks the dealer's face card is worth 10. If the dealer actually gets Blackjack, the insurance is paid 2 to 1. On the other hand, if the dealer does not get Blackjack, the insurance is lost and the game continues as usual.
    • Double Down: This applies if you want to double your bet, and you are only given the opportunity to take only one additional card. You can do this if your two cards are only worth 8-11.
    • Split: The player splits the first two cards into two separate hands, making 2 bets and doubling the bet. The two cards that are separated must be of the same value (ie a pair of 8 and 8, King and Queen etc.). In this split condition, Aces and 10s count as "21", instead of Blackjack. –In other words, they won't be paid 3 to 2, but still beat the Dealer's hand that has a value of 20 or less. Moreover, after splitting a pair of Aces, players will only add one card for each Ace.
    • Surrender: In many casinos, you may (before playing and after determining whether the Dealer has Blackjack) choose to give up half your bet without playing. Surrender can only be done when the Dealer shows a 9-ace, and the player has a 5-7 or a 12-16 card.

      When the Dealer has an ace, he will immediately turn to the next card to see if he gets a Blackjack


Step 3. Try to win the game

If you want to win in the game of Blackjack, then you must have a card total of 21 (Blackjack) or your card is of higher value than the Dealer but not more than 21.

  • The dealer will give the players turn until one of them decides to stay. Next the dealer will open his cards, and this determines the end of the game. Of course, every card is different. Usually, players imitate the dealer on cards of 16 or less. However, this strategy is bad. The strategy of never going broke is a bit better, but still bad strategy.
  • The main advantage of the casino (the bookie) is that the player must issue a card first. If the player goes bankrupt (his cards are more than 21), the casino will immediately take over the money. If the casino goes bankrupt due to the same cards, the player will still lose. The dealer is the last player to issue a card.

Method 2 of 2: Strategy & Regulation


Step 1. Understand the "rules of every casino"

Each casino has different rules for playing Blackjack, so try to understand the rules for playing Blackjack at each casino you choose to play Blackjack at.

Dealers will usually tell you in advance the rules for playing Blackjack at their place so it doesn't confuse you


Step 2. Understand the ground rules

You must first understand the basic rules of playing Blackjack as explained above before you can follow the game.


Step 3. Understand how to value each card

As explained earlier, royal cards are King, Queen, Jack and 10 cards are worth 10. Aces can be worth 1 or 11, depending on the conditions desired by the player. All remaining cards 2 to 9, are calculated based on the number printed on the card.


  • If the Dealer has opened the first card and comes out a royal card or an ace, then consider not participating in the game. Especially if the cards you have are only worth 15 and below, because you will most likely lose.
  • Try to keep playing if your card is worth above 17 because your chances of winning are quite large.
  • If your card is worth 11 or less, try to do a "double down".
  • Try not to "hit" when your card is worth 12. Because if you keep hitting then you will get a 30% chance of losing, especially if the dealer's hit card shows a value of 4-6.


  • Don't bet when you are drunk because you are likely to lose a lot of money.
  • Do not continue to force to bet if you have no money.

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