Blackjack for Beginners – Hit or Stand?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basic rules of blackjack?

If you intend to play casino games and would like to start with blackjack, you will probably need a blackjack strategy guide. First of all, you need to know that the goal of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21. Both you and the dealer start with two cards, with one of the dealer’s cards hidden until the end of the hand. Among different blackjack strategies, you may opt for hitting (asking for another card) or standing (holding your total and ending your turn). 

Doubling down means you double your bet and may receive only one additional card from the dealer. You also have the option to split the cards when you have two of the same rank.

Blackjack rules dictate that if you go over 21 (“bust”), you lose and the dealer wins. On the other hand, if you receive 21 at the start (an Ace and a 10 or face card), you get a blackjack and you win. At most casinos, a blackjack wins you 1.5 times the amount of your original bet.

Is blackjack hard to learn?

Blackjack is easy to learn, especially compared to other card games. You can pick up the basics in an hour. If you want to know how to play blackjack at a casino or an online room, the basic rules explained in this guide will suffice.

How much money do you start with in blackjack?

Regardless of your total bankroll, the house has an edge. Set aside the amount you can afford to lose and play until you have lost it or you are satisfied with your winnings. 

Assuming that you have read this article carefully, you already know that if you buy in with $100 and you win, you get the original bet plus $100 from the house. If you draw or push, you keep the original bet. And if you get a blackjack, you get your original $100 bet back plus $150 from the dealer. That’s blackjack for beginners in a nutshell.