There is no doubt that Blackjack is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas and, for that matter, in all of America. Blackjack is, blackjack, regardless of what anyone else says. It’s fun, challenging and, when you’re good enough, can bring you a very nice, if not very significant, bankroll! It may even win some money for you.
Blackjack, or black jack, as it is sometimes called, has long been a favorite card game at many casinos. It was first popularized by Richard Garfield, the famous poker player. He developed the basic version of the game at his brother’s hotel in California and, although he never developed a true home blackjack game, the basic rules have been refined and adapted for many other uses. Blackjack has enjoyed a great many improvements since its humble beginnings and, thanks to a house edge that is as much as three to one, blackjack is among the most exciting games at casinos today.
One of the most important rules variations to master when playing blackjack is how to deal with face cards. The majority of blackjack games, as you will know, end in a draw because the dealer is convinced that the cards dealt to him are “better” than those dealt out to the players. When this happens, the dealer will declare a “house advantage” which means that the dealer is betting more on the blackjack than the players are on it. This is a horrible situation for any player and is why you should always be aware of both the advantage and disadvantage to keep yourself from losing a lot of money playing blackjack.
There are a couple different ways to look at a blackjack hand and, depending upon your dealer, they can differ slightly from each other. The first is to compare the total amount of chips on the table – the amount that the dealer has – against the amount of chips remaining in the pot. This will tell you what the ‘pot’ is and will give you a good idea of who is ahead (who has more chips). The second way to look at a hand is simply to look at the second best hands – the hands that are second best to the best hands in terms of the blackjack hand value.
In a regular game of blackjack, there are four types of betting that you can make – a blind, a straight bet, a half-blind or a full blind. If you look at either the blinds or the full blind, you will see that the dealer will always have two cards to deal – one from each side. This is called the ‘vein card’. The other two cards are known as the ‘flop’ cards and are not part of the betting scheme in any way.
So now we know that a dealer blackjack is simply the dealer dealing out a certain number of chips from the hat (the basic betting scheme in blackjack). We know that there are two holes on the table, and we also know that the total amount of chips on the table is two times the number of players on the table – four in this example. We know that we have an ace on the flop, and we know that the total amount of chips on the table is eight. We know that the dealer has a single card to deal (the ‘vein card’), and we also know that the highest hand we could have should be an Ace/King or an Ace/Queen (the two highest cards, excluding the Ace/King which is the second highest card in the deck). Now we just need to work out how many of these to make – and that’s where the mathematics comes in!