Blackjack looks like it is simple to play, but that actually is not true as to play it correctly, the player must know the rules of the game and the strategy of the play. There are five separate elements to playing Blackjack. They are when to hit a hand, when to stand, when to double down, when to split pairs and when to take insurance if the player thinks the dealer may have a Blackjack.
The table layout on a Blackjack table is five to seven player stations and one area behind the table for the dealer to stand and deal the hands. The space in front of the deal has a tray for chips, a rack for discards and a flat area to deal the dealers hand to and display the show card or expose the hand at the end of the deal. The dealer represents the house in the game and the players are playing against the house.
Each Blackjack table in a casino has a sign that displays the table minimum and maximum bet. After seating at the table the player will buy in for an amount of chips with cash or bigger chips. In some instances the player will use a card that has their credit available with the casino and that will be used to give the player their chips.
Once this is completed the betting takes place for each player by the placing of the wager in the circle that is directly in front of his or her station. The dealer will shuffle the cards, as k a player to cut the deck and deal one card to each player and one to their hand and deal again until each player and the dealer has two cards. The dealer had one card face down and one face up.
If the player is allowed to pick up the cards, the cards will be dealt face down and the player will pick up the two cards with one hand. At other games, the playerís hands are dealt face up and the player does not need to pick up their hand.
At this point if the dealers show card is not an ace, the player must make a series of decisions that begin the play of their hand against the dealer. This is where the strategy of play comes into play. This is where the skill of the player will make a difference in the sessionís profitability. This is where winning or losing can be affected by the playerís decisions.