Black Rules – Order of Play
This is the crucial part of the rules that you should know. In the beginning, you have to place your bet in the betting circle. The limits vary from the casino, and maximum largely depends on the minimum. The ratio rarely goes over 100, which means that if the minimum is $10, the maximum is probably no more than $1000.
The dealer will signal that no more bets are allowed and start dealing cards clockwise one at a time. Each player, including the dealer, should have two cards, but one of the dealer’s cards will be put face down as that is what casino blackjack rules require.
If the visible dealer’s card is an ace or any other worth 10, players are offered to utilize the Insurance option. It involves placing an extra bet valued half of the initial bet amount. In case the dealer pulls blackjack, the insurance bet will win.
The dealer will take a look at the other card and, in case of a blackjack, expose it. That completes the round, and the only way for the players to win is if they opted for insurance betting. In that case, the payout is 2:1 while if you also have blackjack, you will be at a tie with the dealer. All other scenarios will mean that you lost your initial bet.
In the case that the dealer failed to obtain blackjack, the insurance bet is lost. Players who acquired blackjack are eligible for a payout. Others who are still in the game have the following option:
- Stand – you do not want the dealer to deal you any more cards. It is a smart move if you are close to 21
- Hit – the player asks the dealer to deal them another card. Keep in mind that if the extra card gets you over 21, you will be busted
- Double Down – players choose to double the amount of their initial bet. The condition is that you will receive only one more card after this and then you need to stand
- Split – allows you to separate the cards and virtually play with two hands at once. However, you need to bet the amount of the initial wager for the extra hand you get. Some casinos allow additional splits, but they rarely go over four hands. You play each hand separately and you can utilize any of the three moves previously mentioned. If you have 21 in a split bet, it does not count as blackjack, but regular 21 that only pushes the dealer if he gets 21 out of three or more cards
- Surrender – this move means you give up your hand, but you get half of the wager back
When the dealer plays their hand, the condition is to have at least the value of 17, which means they have to take cards until they reach that goal. If the dealer is busted, everyone who wasn’t eliminated win. The payout rate is 1:1 unless you got blackjack in which case your win ratio is 3:2.