Basic Black Jack rules

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February 1, 2017 – 02:45 pm
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Blackjack Strategy TrainerThe game of blackjack or 21 is the most popular table game offered in casinos. If you are unfamiliar with the rules of casino blackjack or simply need some clarification on the finer points, you’ve come to the right place! I will tell you everything you need to know to play the game, and also explain the few rules that can differ from one casino to another.

If you are new to casino table games, it can be a bit intimidating the first time that you sit down at a blackjack table. Everything seems to move so fast, and more importantly, everyone else sure seems to know what they are doing!

Don’t worry. It’s really quite easy. Follow along, and you’ll know exactly what to expect at the table.

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    How to Choose a Table, How to Exchange your Money for Chips, How to Place a Bet.

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    Value of the Cards, How the Dealer Players His Hand, What is a Blackjack?

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    All the Details About Hitting, Standing, Doubling Down, and Splitting.

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    Insurance, Taking “Even Money” on Blackjack, Surrender

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    Hit or Stand on Soft 17, Double After Split?, No-Hole-Card Games.

Hopefully I’ve covered just about everything you need. But if you have other questions, feel free to post a reply at the bottom of the page.

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The original version of this explanation of the rules of blackjack has a very long history here at I created and published it here sometime in 1998. It was widely copied by other sites, and it has appeared without my permission on literally hundreds of sites over the years. When I relaunched BlackjackInfo with a new mobile-friendly design in 2014, I took the opportunity to rewrite much of the article, and break it into sections for easier reading on mobile devices.

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