Blackjack: similar to an ancient game called the “vingt-et-un” (twenty one), it is a card game whose aim is simple: beat the bank by getting as close to the value of twenty one as possible, without exceeding it.
The card counting principle consists in following the cards received by each player, in order to adapt your game according to the cards remaining in the current shoe.
- Getting a blackjack, i.e. a hand worth 21 (an Ace is worth either 1 or 11, depending on the player's choice and a “face” is worth 10). If the bank also has a blackjack, there is a draw.
- The dealer's hand exceeds 21, but not yours.
- Your hand exceeds the dealer's without exceeding 21.
The blackjack table
Blackjack is played on a half-moon- or bean-shaped table. A blackjack table is comprised of several elements:
- The bank, situated right in front of the dealer, counted by them and carefully closed, under the authoritarian look of the room manager.
- The shoe, representing a black plastic box where all the cards are introduced and which allows the dealer to deal them quickly and seamlessly.
- The discard rack, conceived to receive the cards as they are played during the game. Let's not forget the slit for tips.
- Finally, a blackjack table welcomes up to 7 players, sitting in front of the dealer. When playing blackjack, 1 to 8 decks of cards are used, as well as chips for the bets.
Besides, small signs indicate the limits specific to the table, as well as the minimum and maximum authorised bets.
Evaluate your game
With blackjack, cards are worth their face value: a 4 is worth 4 points, an 8 is worth 8 points, etc. The exceptions are the face cards, which are worth 10 points, just like a 10, and the Ace, which can be worth either 1 point or 11 points depending on how the player wishes to use it.
With blackjack, the Ace is also the most important card in the game.
If your first two cards are an Ace and a card worth 10 points, you have a natural blackjack. Contrary to poker, suits do not matter.
As time passed, various revisions and variations of blackjack have appeared. Some of them still exist, others disappeared. We recommend you avoid hybrid versions and stay faithful to the good old original blackjack.
Wouldn't it be a pity to lose the origins of blackjack, a French card game that has been played since the 17th century?