Blackjack is the most popular casino card game. The first name of the game was "Twenty-one, "21" and originated in French casinos around 1700 and was then called "vingt-et-un", that is "twenty one".


The "blackjack" name was established in the early 20th century, when a rule was introduced to the game, according to which a player who would get the Ace of Spades and a Black Jack as his first two cards, he received a payout of his bet not 1 to 1 but 3 to 2. From then on the name "blackjack" was stuck to the game, with the difference that by saying a "blackjack hand" today we mean a total of 21 points in any hand of an ace plus a ten or face card, regardless of suits or colours.


It is one of the most popular card games in the world and is played between the customer and the dealer. The purpose of the game is for the player to reach a total score with his cards that is higher than the dealer's, but in no case exceeding 21.


In Blackjack each player plays against the house, represented by the dealer. The player's objective in Blackjack is to try and beat the dealer's hand, without exceeding a total score of 21. In Blackjack "hand" means the total score (sum) of a player's or the dealer's cards in each round of the game.


In each betting round, each player places his bet in one or more of the boxes in front of him. Then, the dealer deals the first card in the boxes where bets have been placed and the dealer also gets one card. He deals a second card to the boxes and the player decides whether he wishes to be dealt another card. After all players, the dealer receives his own card.


The dealer gets a card when the sum of his cards is up to 16 and stops drawing when his total is 17 or over.


Value of cards


1 or 11

Face cards


Other cards

Numerical Value


An ace and a face card or a ten are Blackjack and it is paid 3 to 2.


A player can double his bet after the first two cards have been dealt (given that their sum does not exceed 11). In this case, the player is dealt only one additional card.


Splitting is possible only when the first two cards are the same, meaning they have the same value, e.g. a pair of 8s, by placing an equal bet next to the initial one and thus creating two separate bets. (splitting is possible up to two times, meaning up to three bets). You may also double down after splitting a pair. A Blackjack arising on a split is not paid at 3:2.


Insurance. If the dealer's up card is an ace, the player may place on the possibility of the dealer's BJ, a bet not exceeding one-half his original bet. In that case, the player wins 2 to 1.


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