# How to Play the Game of Blackjack

Blackjack is a game of chance where you try to beat the dealer. The objective is to get a hand value as close to 21 as possible without going over.

Using basic strategy and mathematics, it is possible to turn the tables in your favor. This is because computer analysis reveals that for each possible combination of player hand and dealer up-card, there is one play (hit, stand, split, or surrender) that will give you the best chance of winning.

#### How to play the game

The first thing you must do when playing blackjack is decide how to bet. This involves choosing how many chips to place and where to put them. It is important to remember that the more you bet, the more likely it is that you will win.

When placing your bet, make sure to leave a large amount of space between it and any other player’s bets. This is to prevent you from attracting unwanted attention or being distracted by someone else’s bets.

After you have placed your bet, you will then be dealt two cards by the dealer. The first card will be face up and the second will be face down. The dealer will then reveal the face up card to each player at the table.

The dealer then checks the face up card of each player and decides whether to hit or stand. This is done according to specific rules and regulations based on the numerical value of the dealer’s cards.

Once the dealer has determined that a player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, the players are then paid. In addition to the payout for winning hands, the dealer pays out an additional sum of money if the dealer’s hole card is an Ace or a 10-value card.

You can also place a side bet called Insurance. This is a bet on whether or not the dealer has a blackjack, and pays 2 to 1.

Besides insurance, there are other kinds of side bets available. These include betting on the dealer’s up-card, if the dealer will bust, if the player will have a pair as their first two cards and many others.

A blackjack dealer will usually reveal his hole card before each hand. This is done in a special window on the table so that he can clearly see the card.

Once the hole card has been revealed, the dealer will check it and determine if he has a blackjack. If he does have a blackjack, the dealer will take the original bets and pay out the insurance bets.

If the dealer does not have a blackjack, the players will continue playing the hand as usual. The player can then ask for a new hole card from the dealer.

Depending on the casino, there may be other options for you to choose from. These include “Split a pair” or “Surrender.”

Some casinos allow you to double down after splitting a pair of cards. This option is not available at all casinos, however, so it is important to check the rules before placing your bet.