If you’ve never played blackjack before, learning how to play it can be very easy. It is one of those games that requires very little in the way of equipment or cash to play and is great for all ages and skill levels. Here are some tips to help you get started.
First of all, blackjack has an Ace to mean a card, either one you have or one you do not, that has been raised (either by you or the dealer) to your Ace status. Playing without your Ace cards can result in lost points – one for each time you discard an Ace card, for example, two for a straight. Once your cards are sorted, you have another option – to call (quit) or raise (bluff). This will usually have little impact, as your opponents will most likely either call with something worthwhile or raise with nothing worth risking, so if you’re a particularly smart player, you may be able to bluff and still win.
In a simple game of blackjack where both Aces are important, the rules are pretty easy. You either bet the amount of your bankroll (the amount of your starting bankroll is) or you pass the bet to your opponent and hope he calls, or you call and raise (tell your opponent you have an Ace card). If your opponent calls, the money is placed in the pot (even if your bet was for less than the full bet), and you must either call again or walk away. Now your opponent can either call again with something worth taking (such as an Ace) or pass the bet. If he passes the bet, you win the pot – and if he calls again, you must either call again with something worth taking or walk away.
In a multi-table blackjack game where one or more players are involved, it’s common for one table to call the other, and each player bet out of that hole card(s) on their turn. Once that happens, each player must call or fold, then the dealer will start the second part of the deal. Now all bets are made out of the hole cards (since the second player didn’t bet on those cards in the first place). The dealer then walks over to the next hole card and says “You’re ready for the third round.” At this point, the second player has to call or fold, and the dealer will either give them another card to take to the hole (if they passed the bet) or begin the dealer-deciding part of the deal.
In a multi-table tournament game, the dealer will deal three decks of cards, three piles of cards face down. There is one at each table, and the dealer will deal four cards at a time to each player facing the dealer. Then, the dealer will place the last two cards on top of the deck of cards. This is how to play blackjack over a multi-table poker table.
Finally, you can get a little more detailed about how to play blackjack without going blind. Suppose you dealt the blackjack table with two decks of cards, one showing the “all clear” signal, and the other showing “the house” signal. When you are blind, you must know which set of cards your opponent is holding. If you are able to figure out this, then you can win without going blind. Similarly, if you can figure out whether the dealer is bluffing, then you can win without going blind.