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Introduction to blackjack

If there really is a card game that is more arresting, fascinating, and fun than any other, it can only be Blackjack, sometimes also called Twenty-one. It does not matter which variation you play – Spanish 21, Pontoon, Blackjack Switch, Royal Match, Double Exposure, or 21 Madness – the game is always enthralling.

Extremely popular in the world of online and offline casinos, this game is played all around the world in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Reno, as well as Macao, Enhien-les-bains, Monaco, or Sun City in South Africa.

Very simple to understand and master, Blackjack is also very profitable. The house advantage is relatively low and payout rates relatively high. In addition, payout rates can be increased further by using Basic Strategy, introduced by Roger Baldwin in his article, “The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack;” or by using Card Counting, invented by Edward O. Thorp in his book Beat the Dealer. There are several card counting systems. The most well-known are KO count, Hi-Opt I and II, and HI-LO count. The latter was recently popularized in the film Las Vegas 21 with Kevin Spacey, which follows the story of the famous MIT Blackjack team that won millions of dollars thanks to this technique.

In Blackjack, you must form a hand that is superior to the dealer’s. To do this, you can draw cards (Hit), pass (Stand), double your bet (Double), separate a pair (Split), or take Insurance. If you are dealt an Ace and a ten value card (King, Queen, Jack, or ten), be happy because you have a Blackjack. With this hand, the best possible, you can break the bank.