As one of the most popular casino games of all times going back even to Ancient Rome, Blackjack has a rich and colorful history. Known as ‘Thirty-and-one’ in Spain during the 18th century and as ‘Vingt-et-Un' in France, it is a widely accepted fact that Napoleon Bonaparte preferred playing it over many other pastimes during his forced exile in Elba. Regardless of how it is known throughout the world and throughout the ages, sometimes by one name and sometimes by another, the simple concept remains – try and get a combined hand of 21 to beat the dealer, with the best hand being a combination of an Ace and a royal face card.
If you are taking the time to peruse this section, chances are you are new to Blackjack or possibly even the entire world of online casino gambling. Whatever the case may be; we are more than happy to delve into the details to make sure you are fully familiar with the game and the best way to walk away from the table a winner.
While at first glance it may seem to be a bit confusing, this age old game is actually quite simple to learn. As with most card games Blackjack has its own unique terminology; where else can you say ‘Hit me’ without fear of bodily harm? You can also stand, double down, split or go bust. Don’t worry, we’ll explain it all. Basically, when the round starts, the dealer will pass out two cards to each player, both face up. The dealer also gets two cards but these are dealt one face up and one face down. This is where the fine blend of skill and luck moves more towards the educated estimation. If the dealer is showing a relatively low card you can almost be sure they are going to take another card since they have to try and get closer to 21 than you do. If they are showing a face card or an ace, they will probably stand as long as they have at least 17 points. Your objective, of course, is to beat the dealer so you have to calculate the odds of improving your hand versus going bust, meaning ending up with more than 21 points. How to play blackjack
Pontoon, California Aces, 21 or Blackjack: ‘A rose by any other name…’ or something like that. No matter what you and your friends may call this game, it will be just as much fun to learn and master. The thing to realize is that while many of them may offer a variety of tips or surefire ways with which to dominate the tables, nothing is a sure thing. We won’t deny that it is imperative you understand the rules of the game, when you can double down, when and how you can split and whether the version you are playing offers any additional playing options. In fact, you should take some time to read up on different playing strategies and rules of bankroll management to ensure you know the different methods of play. But most important of all, when you start playing at MansionCasino.com, start out playing in free mode (at our expense instead of your own) so that you can work out which method is best for you. With its tremendously rich history, fast pace and ease of play it is no wonder that it is by far, one of the world’s most popular card games. There are clubs all over the world and even a Hall of Fame located at the Barona Casino. While inductees are welcome in the hotel and even receive free room and board including drinks, the tradeoff is that they are not allowed to play in the casino. So, now that you know more about 21 than the average Joe; don’t hog the knowledge. Share it with a friend and they will be surprised at how little they knew before talking to you!