Blackjack is the most popular game to play at the casino. However, there is a lot to focus on and to think about, including keeping that poker face and looking great while making some big wins!
The secret to winning a game of blackjack is to have a lot of patience and persistence and to learn some basic strategy for the game too. Spend some time at home learning to play the game well before entering a casino and expecting to make a big win.
Blackjack is played with 52 cards, with each different card being worth a different amount of points. Cards from 2-10 are worth their face value, but the ‘special’ cards, King, Queen and Jacks are worth ten each, while an Ace can be worth either 1 or 11. The idea of the game is to get cards that add up to the number 21 (or as close as you can get without going over) before the dealer.
Play begins once all players have made their bets, so make sure you do yours extravagantly so that the other players at the table know you mean business! Once all of the bets have been placed, the dealer will give you two cards, and the game begins.
If your cards come to a total of 16 or less, you must take another card. If this new card takes your total number of points to over 21, it becomes a ‘bust’, and you lose your bet (which you must do so gracefully, simply shrugging your shoulders and shaking hands with your fellow players. Stay to see how the rest of the game pans out). If your cards total 21, or as close as you can get (19 or 20), you have a ‘stand’ and can smugly single this with a quick hair flick and then a hand placed palm down on top of your cards.
Games of blackjack don’t usually last particularly long which is how people begin to get hooked on the game, playing over and over, desperate to win. In order to keep looking classy and professional, remember that you must never verbally announce a bust or a stand, as this is frowned upon. All communication in regards to the game is done via hand signals on the table for security purposes. When at the table, sit/stand straight and poised, ready for a win. If you lose, don’t let it show on your face and definitely don’t act like a sore loser about it! Be graceful and stay until the end of the game to show your support to everyone else who was playing. If you want to get to grips with it before learning the etiquette, try your hand at online blackjack first instead.
When the game is over you may do a dramatic hair flick and sashay away from the table in a dramatic way, but remain professional too!