# Learn How to Play Poker!

## Step 4: Blackjack, a very easy game.

We'll start out with an easy game. Blackjack, also known as 21, is fun game which, when at casinos, you have your best chance at winning. Note: There are, like many other games, other variants and small house rules, which may cause this to be slightly off from what you may have learned. This is how I have always played it, and how most people around me play.

The object of the game is to get the total value of your cards as close to 21 without going over, or busting. This is how the game is played out:

Say there is you and 3 of your friends, and a dealer. First, everyone antes, the amount depends on the place and limit of the casino (or your friend's house). The dealer will then deal left to right, himself being last, 1 card face down on the table. After, he will deal 1 face up card in the same manner. The face up card stays up, and vice-versa, but you can look at the down card. In the deck, the cards range from Ace to King. The number cards' value is whatever the number is, i.e; a 3 of clubs would be counted as 3, an 8 of hearts would be counted as 8, etc. Face cards equal 10. And the Ace, it's special. It can be counted as 1 or 11. So a 10 or face card with an Ace is a winning hand, equaling 21.

Ok, so say you are the first person to the left of the dealer. After the 2 cards are dealt, everyone checks for blackjack, including the dealer. If the dealer has blackjack, then the pot goes to the dealer. If not, betting starts with you. Everyone bets, then it is your chance to hit, stay, or double up. If you believe your hand is too low in value, then you would say hit. The dealer will give you another card. If you like your value, then say stay. If your original 2 cards were the same number, like two 3s, then you would say you want to double up, flip your down card up, and point to a card and say hit me. Each of the cards is a new hand for you. You will get hit individually on each card if you want it, and when you are satisfied, say hit me, and you can do the above on your other card. This might seem confusing, but it really is pretty easy and is a great way to make more money, if you are lucky enough to get double cards. Note: Some casinos may make you pay double your last bet if you double up. If you happen to bust all of your hands, then the cards are put into the discard pile and you are out of the running for the money. If you hit 21 (a blackjack), then flip your cards over and say so.

After everyone gets hit (this sounds pretty violent, huh?) and they are ready, you bet one final time, and then you flip over your hands. The person with the best hand wins the pot. If there is a tie between players, the pot is split. If there a is a tie between a player and the dealer, the dealer wins. Dealers always win on ties, or if everyone busts.

This is a very addicting and fun game. Have fun!
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