You now know the history of Blackjack, and are hopefully getting the hang of how to play blackjack…
This is the 14th tip in our series, “How to Play Blackjack: 21 Winning Tips.”
but what exactly IS a Blackjack?
A “Blackjack” is a total of 21 in your first two cards.
It may also be called a “Natural”.
This refers to a hand with an Ace and any ten-valued card.
The requirement in order to have a Blackjack are that these must be your first two cards.
For example, if you split a pair of Aces, then draw a ten-valued card on one of the Aces, this is not a Blackjack, just a total of 21.
What’s the difference between a Blackjack and a 21?
A 21 is when the total of the cards in your hand are exactly 21.
However, this is not considered a Blackjack unless they are the first two cards you are dealt.
A Blackjack pays you odds of 3 to 2, while any other winning hand, including a 21, pays even money.
If you get Blackjack, it beats any dealer total other than Blackjack, including a dealer’s three or more card 21.
If both you and the dealer have Blackjack, the hand is a tie, or “push”.
In the case of a push while you play blackjack, neither you nor the dealer win.
Your bet is returned, so you don’t win or lose anything.
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