How To Play American Blackjack

How To Play American Blackjack

American Blackjack

American Blackjack is one of the most popular games in casinos around the world. Even in land-based or live casino, blackjack is the place that attracts most players.

What is American Blackjack?

Blackjack is a card game, players play against dealer. Blackjack is also called 21 points game, because players try to hit more cards to come near to the number of 21 (or equal) (but not exceed) as possible.

Among other casino games, blackjack can be beaten by counting card skill, which is why it attracts a lot of gamblers.

American Blackjack is played with normal 52 cards deck. At the beginning, every hand and the house are dealed 2 cards. Players can hit more cards to improve their points if they want.

Basic Rules of American Blackjack

Table Organization

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There are 7 players (hands) and 1 dealer (house) in every American Blackjack game. However, every hand is against the house not each other. Player can get only 1 hand in every table.

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The Deck

Ever since card counting skills are introduced in the 60s, people started to use more than just 1 deck in Blackjack. Nowadays, in modern casinos, blackjack is played with 6-8 decks mixing together. In Gogbetsg, we use 6 for this game. So, sometimes, if you are dealed 2 same cards, don’t be surprised.

Points in American Blackjack

  • Number cards (2-10) have the same point according to its number.
  • The Ace (A) is counted as 1 or 11 points, depends on how good it is for you.
  • The other cards (J,Q,K) is 10 points.

Hit more cards

After being dealed 2 first cards, players can hit more cards, as long as their total does not exceed 21.

After the players turn, it’s the house’s turn. However, different from normal hands, the house only hit more cards if its hand is less than 16 and stop there if it’s 17 points and above.


The purpose of the American Blackjack is to beat the house by one of the following ways:

  • Have 21 points in the first 2 cards (which is called Blackjack) when dealer doesn’t have Blackjack. If dealer has blackjack as well, it’s a draw.
  • Having the last point higher than the dealer but no more than 21.
  • Dealer hits more cards and have more than 21 points.

Winning rate

Win by normal point1 – 1
Win by Blackjack1 – 1,5
Win by insurance1 – 2

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Step-by-step guidelines

An American Blackjack is taking place in following orders.

#1: Players bet

Firstly, hands (players) will put their wish bet (within the limit of the table)

#2: Deal The Cards

After all players bet, every hand in the table (including the house) will be dealed 2 cards. Players’ cards are all opened meanwhile the house’s cards only open 1.

#3: Players’ Turn

After 2 first cards, Players have his own turn, starting from the hand in the left of the dealer.

There Are 2 Different Situations Can Happen:

Your first 2 cars reach 21 points => Blackjack; you win, unless the house also had 21 with his first 2 cards. That is when you have a push (not win not lose) But if the house hit more cards and get 21 points, you still win.

Your first 2 cards are smaller than 21, you have these following selections:

HitGet more cards to come nearer to 21. But if unlucky, your total is over 21 (bust) then you lose immediately, no need to wait for the house’s turn.
StandStop, no more cards, you are totally satisfied with your current point and hope it’s big enough to win the home.
DoubleDouble your bet, and hit 1 more card. After that, however the point is, you can’t hit any more cards.
SplitIf the first 2 cards are the same, players can choose to separate them into 2 hands, with the bet of each hand is same as his first bet. The dealer will deal for each of the new hand 1 new card. After that, you can play each hand as normal. However, casino has some restriction: 1) After split, A + 10 points hand is not blackjack, just a normal 21. 2) The set of 2 A after split can only hit 1 extra card.
InsuranceIf the open card of the house is an A, players have another bet called insurance. You can do or not, not compulsory. This is a separate bet and is half your first bet. Insurance is actually you are betting that the close card of the house is 10. If the house really has Blackjack, you win the insurance. If the house doesn’t have blackjack, you lose your bet.

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#4 The house’s turn

When all players finish their turns, the house will open its card and have to hit cards until it reaches 17 or above to stop.


We believe those are enough for you to start earning from Blackjack. Now, your last mission is to choose a trusted online casino to play with. Start with us here in GogbetSG Singapore #1 online casino.

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