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 Thorps classic books title on the subject, Beat The Dealer, sums it up in a nutshell. A simple way to put it might be: It doesnt matter what you have; it just matters what the dealer has.
That is an oversimplification but its 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 way.
A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned. - Paul Newman, The Color of Money
"You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it."- Albert Einstein
It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck. - Joseph Conrad
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