Blackjack is a card game played with four decks of cards, each representing a different hand. Blackjack, originally called Black Jack, and Vingt-Un, formerly known as Vangard-Gondola and Black Jack, is the American version of a multi-player global family of card games called 21, whose variants include Spanish Carom, Chinese Poker, Italian La Siciliana and the German Weihnachtspulmonary. The most common version of the game is American Blackjack, which is adapted from the English version of the same game. The word ‘black’ in Blackjack comes from the colour black and is used to describe the piles of cards that are dealt out to the players. The object of Blackjack is to eliminate all the cards before reaching twenty-one, and to do this without betting.
In the standard version of blackjack (the traditional form), there are four decks of cards and the dealer deals them out to the players face down. The dealer doesn’t reveal his cards until the last card has been dealt, at which point it is revealed that the number of players left is twenty-one. The players are then asked to consider their bets, and if a single player has bet exceeding the current total, that player’s bet is immediately placed under the table, and they are required to cut off any additional bet that they may have made. Following this, the dealer will deal the final four cards, revealing to the players that the hand is: Jack Blackjack.
In an alternate version of blackjack known as Caribbean Stud Hi-Lo, or Caribbean Stud, the dealer deals the deck to the players face down, and also deals them into four piles of cards. The dealer begins dealing the cards to the players before removing any cards from the top of the deck. After that, the dealer places the cards on top of the stacks and asks them to place their bets, making the initial bet of the size of the stack that the card occupies. The dealer then folds the top card and starts the new round.
A variation of the traditional blackjack game that uses betting can be found in the Texas Hold’em mini-game. In this game, the players are dealt two decks of cards, with each player getting five aces and five clubs. The first three players who reach 21st place will win a prize, and then the loser must try to get back to 21st place by betting without going over the amount of money that they initially put into the pot. If they reach that limit, the pot increases dramatically, and a new player has to start the round at one dollar more than they started. There are no other limitations on how much money can be put into the pot.
To determine the point value of blackjack, a simple rule of chance can be used. For each blackjack hand that is dealt, the dealer will write down the number of aces and clubs on both the hands. Using the same logic as for the regular blackjack game, the player who has the best chance of reaching a win will be given a point.
The best way to learn the variations of blackjack is to study the various approaches the pros use to bet. Most professional cardrooms have books that explain various strategies. The Internet also contains many free online articles that discuss betting strategies and cardroom odds. Another excellent resource is a book by veteran player Dougarrell titled, Better Than Good: Blackjack Techniques For The Ace Hand. The book contains detailed instructions for betting without using any base money and using just the same playing principals for betting as professionals do.