Blackjack – An introduction

As an avid gambler, I have tried out most forms of games in both online casinos as well as brick and mortar casinos in different cities of the world. I have probably tried out over a hundred different slot machines, most kinds of video poker and tried the various games that are constantly being launched by online casino websites. During my years as a gambler I have naturally come to know my favorite games, and although slot machines might be very entertaining, it’s still the classic games that really do it for me. I’m talking, of course, about blackjack – the Rolls Royce of the casino community.

Blackjack is in many peoples opinion the very essence of casino gaming. It involves only cards and a dealer. I’m not going to go in to too much detail here on how the game is structured and how to play it, as you can easily find detailed guides about this. One that is particularly good is this blackjack guide that I found on a Swedish casino website called (these guides might be available in their English version as well).

Basically, the goal of the game of blackjack is to beat the dealer and get a hand as close to 21 as possible without going over it. The dealer will give you and himself a set of cards, and you then aim to be closer to 21 than he is at the end of the hand. At first, both dealer and player are dealt two cards each, and you then have the option to hit or to stand. By choosing to stand, you will be dealt no more cards. You do this when you think that your hand is already strong enough and that the dealer will go over 21 by trying to eat it. If you choose to hit, the dealer will deal you another card, at which point you are presented to the same two options again.

As soon as you decide that you are happy with you hand, the dealer will stop giving you cards. If you keep hitting until eventually your hand gets over 21, you are what the casino community refers to as “busted”, meaning that you will lose your bet to the dealer. When you stop, the dealer will then deal new cards to himself in order to try to get his hand closer to 21 than yours is. If he succeeds, you lose your bet to the dealer, but if the dealer busts you will get your bet back along with a 100% reward. That is the basic concept of the game of blackjack. There are a few more rules that apply to the game which I won’t go into detail on in this article, but you can find them in the guide provided above.

So why is it that blackjack is so extremely popular amongst casino players around the world? Well, first of all, it’s easy to learn. As soon as you have read a guide you can start playing right away. Secondly, the reason that the game is so beautiful is just because of its simplicity! Think of it, a lot of forms of entertainment that have gotten a “classic” status are very simple. Take Tetris and Checkers, for example. Simple games, but very enjoyable!

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