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# How To Play Blackjack In A Casino

By: CK Carter

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Learning how to play blackjack in a casino is a fun and easy process to do. If you know how to count to 21 and you know how many cards are in a deck, you will catch on to this favorite casino game. The main concept of learning how to play blackjack is easy to grasp. However, to learn how to win at blackjack requires studying numerous strategies and rules about the game. Knowing only the main concepts can win you several lucky hands, but when you are playing with the advanced table, you may lose more than you win. The only supplies you need to learn how to play blackjack in a casino is a deck of cards to practice your skills.

1. Learn the object of playing blackjack. The object of blackjack is to beat the dealer. It may seem natural to beat other people that are at the table with you, but it is your duty, and everyone one else’s duty, to beat the dealer. The first person to reach a total card score of 21 wins the game. If nobody reaches 21, the first person to get the closest to 21 without going over wins the game.
2. Learn how to count to 21. Each card has a number. It is of great importance to remember the numbers assigned to each card when playing blackjack. Aces are either one point or eleven points. It is up to you to decide based on the other cards in your hand. All face cards have an assigned number of ten. Any subsequent numbered cards equal their respective numbers.
3. Learn the lingo. Double down means you want to double the wager and you will receive one more card. A split means you can open a second hand and wager on the additional hand within the same game. A hit means that you want another card. While some casinos recognize this, others only recognize a knock on the table signifying you would like another card.
4. Learn basic strategy. When you learn the strategy of blackjack, you can easily choose the hands that you will win. If you have two tens, you will always want to double down if the dealer has a nine or less. Also, double with nines. Split pairs except for fives, tens and face cards. Always split aces, sevens and eights except if the dealer has a nine or higher.
5. Practice adding numbers quickly in your head. Practice learning your newly learned skills by shuffling a deck of cards and dealing yourself the cards. Flip over the dealer card and practice what you would do if you were really playing blackjack in a casino. Practice this going faster and faster each time. Soon you will move on to more advanced blackjack skills.
Posted on: Aug. 21, 2010