Blackjack is one of the most popular card games played games in casinos, whether online or land-based. The game is sometimes referred to as 21, as players will try to get a hand total that is equal 21. The game is not a competitive game between players as it is only played between players and the dealer at the blackjack table. When the showdown occurs, players will not compare their blackjack hands together, but will instead compare their hands with the hand of the dealer.
There are many versions of the game, but they all have the same concept and target, which is reaching a hand total of twenty-one. The game begins with each player being dealt 2 cards. Players will then go through a series of decisions that depend on the hand total and the cards forming the hand. These decisions include Hitting, Standing, Splitting and Doubling Down.
When players get an ace and a jack or any other ten-value card, they will instantly win and it is called blackjack. For a blackjack, players will be rewarded more than the usual winning hand (usually 3 to 2) while normal winning hands would pay even money (one to one). There is also a selection of side bets that players can place, depending on the blackjack version. The common side bet in most blackjack games is Insurance bet.