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The game of Blackjack is as popular now as it has ever been and of unknown origin, but several references have been made to it in Spanish publications around the start of the 17th Century. Over the years it has become a major game in Australia and one of many players favorite pastimes, and has appealed to gamblers of all generations. Blackjack, also known as 21, or in France as vingt-et-un (in the UK it is also known as Pontoon), offers a large amount of excitement to both novice and professional players throughout the world. Also, due to simple rules the game is easy to learn and quick to play, so it still remains as popular as ever throughout the world.

In Blackjack you need a deck of cards, a dealer, and obviously some players. The idea behind this game is for the combined value of each of the cards the individual player holds ads up to no more than 21 points. The points on cards carry the face value from 2 to 10, the Ace can count as either a 1 or 11, and Jack, Queen and King are also classed as scoring 10 points. The ideal game is won with two cards, the Ace and any 10 point valued card. If the total of the cards exceeds 21, then the player is out of the game. Players normally bet against the banker, and not against each other.

The game starts with the dealer issuing each player with two cards. Once the initial two cards are dealt, the banker asks if the gambler requires further cards. Depending on the value of the cards, the player will reply either ‘stand’, meaning no other card required, or ‘hit’ meaning a further card is required.

As previously stated, the game is to play against the dealer, so rules are laid down before hand if the dealer is able to stand or has to use the hit option. Normally, in both online and live casinos, if the value of the dealer’s cards totals below 17 they have to hit, otherwise if over this number they can decide to stand. The players should be made aware of these facts before joining the game.

Once again it should be mentioned that any two cards totaling the score of 21 would win the game. This rule is still maintained even if the dealer’s cards add up to less than this number. A two card win is also known as a natural blackjack. As well as being played in live casinos and online, play can also be done at home between groups of friends or gamblers. The same rules would apply, apart from perhaps the one concerning natural blackjack. In the UK, for example, whoever obtains a natural win then becomes the banker, and the rest of the players play against that person. Normally, this is quite an easy game to follow and can be mastered within a couple of hours.

When playing at home the choice of the initial dealer is made by dealing one card face up in front of each. Whoever has the highest value card becomes the dealer. The betting limits also have to be set. Depending on the finances of the players it can be as high or low as you want. However, in online casinos there are normally both minimum and maximum limits set. Australians enjoy the game and can learn tricks and strategies throughout their play, as well as understanding the rules of the game. Practice is also required in order to make you an outstanding player. This can be done by playing for fun offline with friends or family, and using matchsticks, for example, as currency. If played correctly, plenty of money can be won.