Blackjack, or 21 is one of the most popular table game on the casino
floor. A quick look might leave the impression that the closest hand
to 21 wins, but that is not the case. Edward Thorp's classic book's title
on the subject, Beat The Dealer, sums it up in a nutshell. A simple way
to put it might be: It doesn't matter what you have; it just matters
what the dealer has.
That is an oversimplification but it's ultimately true. You can win
and get paid when you have a total of 12, and lose on 20. It happens
every day. This deceptive game has many different levels at which it
can be played ranging from absolute novice to card-counting master. The
thought here is to offer you the rules and some simplified strategies
to give you a basic comfort level.
Realizing that you are probably not going to make a million playing
blackjack overnight, you should find the game entertaining and enjoyable.
I can tell you that I have witnessed some pretty incredible streaks at
the blackjack table (more about those later on), but most of us mortals
merely want to risk a few dollars to take a chance and hopefully, with
a little bit of knowledge and some patience, the cards will fall our
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