How To Deal Blackjack

How do you deal Blackjack? Blackjack is one of the most popular casino card games of all time, and you’ll find at least one Blackjack table in every casino across the globe. Perhaps, part of the reason for this popularity is that Blackjack makes a great home game too.

Unlike in the casinos, where the house is the permanent bank, in a home game, you may be called upon to play the dealer. Here is everything that you need to know how to deal Blackjack:

The Rules:

In the standard game, the usual rules apply. Cards 2 to 10 are worth their normal face value. The jack, queen, and king are all worth 10 points. The Ace has a value of either 1 point or 11 points depending on the situation.

However, in a more advanced game, the rules are slightly different.

The dealer may not take insurance since he or she is paying out the stakes. The dealer also cannot split their hand, double down or surrender for half the wager.

As well as these rules, when you are playing as a dealer, you are also limited in the way you can hit or stand. Insignificant casinos, the dealer is required to hit if his hand is worth less than 17 points whatever their hand is made up of.

These added rules about standing and hitting are the only major differences in the dealer’s rules and players rules. The dealer also takes his turn after the players.

Getting started:

Before you deal blackjack cards to the players, several things should be done. First of all, you must shuffle two or more decks together if you are playing with several players.

Once the cards have been shuffled, make sure all have put their bets down. Dealing to the left, and moving clockwise, give each player their first card face-down. Finish by dealing yourself one card face down.

Then deal another card to each player, including yourself, face-up.

If it ends up being an Ace, you then have to ask the other players whether they would like to buy insurance. Unless they do, then they can pay half their original bet to see if you make Blackjack with the turn of the next card.

If you are lucky enough to have hit Blackjack then take the bets from the players that didn’t take insurance. From those that did, take each player’s insurance (half of their first stake).

If your face up card isn’t an Ace, continue playing regularly. Starting from your left, all of the players play their hand one by one. Players can stick, and you then move on to the next player. They can also choose to ‘hit’ when you deal them another card face up.

Gather their bets and proceed to the next player along. If they happen to have Blackjack on their very first hand then, you should pay back their original bet with a 3:2 bonus. A $20 get wins $30 but also has their original bet amount returned as well.

Doubling Down:

Before players take additional cards, they have the option to double down. In which case they double their stake in return for only one more card. They cannot continue to hit.

Splitting:

If a player gets two of the same card, he can choose to split his hand and then match their original stake. You should deal them two cards (one for each hand) both face down. They then play one hand followed by another.

If a player splits a hand comprising two Aces, they are restricted to one card per hand. So you deal blackjack one card for each hand, face down as normal, but do not allow the player to hit on their hand.

Any split Blackjacks should be paid out at 1:1 odds not at the 3:2 bonus rate.

The Dealer’s Turn:

As the dealer, you play only after each of the other players has taken their turn. Deal yourself another card face up and, if your hand is worth 16 points or less, continue until it’s worth 17 points or more.

When your hand is worth more than 17 points, don’t deal any cards. If your second card is an Ace, count it as 11 only until your total is more than 21, and then the Ace has a score of 1 point.

If the total value of your hand is more than 21 points, then you are bust and the people left in the game win.

When you have less than 21 points, pay players with a higher score than you. Then collect bets from those with lower scoring hands.

Lastly, if you tie with a player, refund them, their bet. Once you’ve dealt with all bets and stopped playing, then collect cards from all players and get ready for a new game.