Blackjack is one of the leading card games in casino history that is constantly growing in popularity as time passes. Although it is unsure of the exact origins of the game, the first reference of the game is found among Spanish books which referred to it as ventiuna (which means twenty one in Spanish). The objective of the game was for players to achieve a hand of a set value of twenty one points. Although this has still remained one of the main objectives of the blackjack games, its name was changed by the Americans. The reason for this is because they added an additional feature which entailed players received an additional bonus each time they received a card which was either a Jack of spades or a Jack of clubs. Hence the name of Blackjack stuck to the game and has been referred to ever since.
This fantastic card game is to be found among land based and online casinos which offer their players the chance to sit at a table to be in the running of winning large sums. Although there is a limited amount of skill and strategies which can be utilised when playing the games of blackjack, there are a certain amount of rules and regulations which would need to be followed by both the dealer and the player. It must be noted however that some of the rules may slightly differ when it comes to live blackjack with dealers who are within a land based casinos. But further information about this shall be provided within the live blackjack section of this informative website. In the meantime, information shall be provided here regarding the main objectives of the game. For starters, in order to have a successful game of blackjack, more often than not, it entails the use of more than one full deck of fifty two cards, a dealer and of course the players. Depending on the setup of the table (whether this is online or land based), there are some tables which will allow for seven players to play simultaneously while others allow for far more. In the case of virtual online blackjack, there is no limit to the total number of online players who may play the same game as it is performed on a one-to-one basis and the players are playing with a random number generated virtual dealer. The main objective of the game remains the same as when the twenty-one game was first introduced; players would need to achieve a hand worth twenty one points or at least a hand which exceeds the value of the dealer’s own hand. But it is highly important that neither hands exceed the value of twenty one or otherwise the hand is bust and that player loses. In order to calculate the hand value, each card comprises of a set of points. This can be easily calculated and therefore allows this to be an easy process of adding up the hand’s value. All face cards which are the Kings, Queens and Jack comprise of ten points each. The Ace cards which are the most important in any blackjack games comprise of either eleven or one point depending on the decision of the player (more on this later on) or on the cards which have been dealt before or after the Ace. All other cards are calculated at face value whereby the number ten cards have a value of ten points each, the five cards have a value of five points each and so on and so forth.
Before the blackjack game commences, players are given a specific amount of time in which to change their cash into chips and choose a seat at a table which suits their table limits. This choice of table will be based on the minimum and maximum betting amounts a player is prepared to place on the table in each round. It is important that no matter the blackjack game whether it is played among the casino games available within Casino New Zealand or Live Casino New Zealand, that players abide by these table limit rules. The same would apply to all other table and card games such as Roulette and Baccarat. In Blackjack, as the players take their seats, the dealer will allow them to place their bets on the table during a pre-determined amount of time. Once the time has expired, the dealer will begin dealing the cards. The cards are dealt in a clockwise manner starting from the player on the dealer’s left all the way to the right; one card at a time until the players as well as the dealer have two cards each. Depending on the variant of blackjack chosen, the visibility of the cards may differ. But more often than not, the players’ cards are all dealt facing upwards while the dealer’s first card is face up and the second is face down. From this point onwards the actual blackjack game will commence. Based on the first two cards dealt, the player must decide whether or not he would like an additional card added to his hand. In order to make this easier, the general rules of blackjack state that is the players’ first two cards add up to a worth of sixteen or less, they may proceed to asking ‘hit’ with another card; if the value is of more than seventeen then it is suggested that no more cards should be accepted and the player should ‘stand’. However these rules are offered as guidelines and it is up to the players to decide for themselves. After each player has decided on what action to take with their hands, it is then the dealer’s turn to reveal his cards and play accordingly. The perfect blackjack will comprise of the first two card made up of either a face card (or a ten) comprised of ten points each and an Ace comprised of eleven points; thus totalling to twenty one points. This hand will automatically win and the payout will be given according to what the dealer’s hand reveals.