Blackjack is a game with many different variations. The basic rules of the game are the same, but the strategy can vary depending on the specific game being played.
There are a few different ways to win at each hand in blackjack, and the following is a brief overview of each method.
The first way to win at blackjack is by having the highest card total without going over 21. This is called “busting” and if you do it, you automatically lose the hand, no matter what the dealer has.
The second way to win is by having a total that is higher than the dealer’s without busting. The third way to win is by getting the dealer to bust.
If you and the dealer tie with the same card total, this is called a “push” and no one wins or loses the hand.
The fourth way to win blackjack is by having a blackjack, which is a hand that totals 21 with only two cards. This usually pays out at 3:2 odds, meaning if you bet $10, you would win $15.
If both you and the dealer have blackjacks, it results in a push as well.
The fifth way to win blackjack is by insurance. If the dealer shows an Ace as their upcard, they will offer “insurance” to the players. This side bet pays 2:1 if the dealer has a blackjack and costs half of your original bet. For example, if you bet $10 and take insurance, you are actually betting $5 on whether or not the dealer has a blackjack.
If they do have one, you will win $10 (2:1 odds), but if they don’t, you will lose your $5 insurance bet. Insurance is generally not a good bet because it has a high house edge of 7%.
The sixth way to win blackjack is by surrendering. This option is only available in some variations of the game and allows you to give up half of your bet in exchange for not playing out the hand.
This option should only be used if your chances of winning are very slim and you don’t want to risk losing your entire bet.
The seventh way to win blackjack is by placing a side bet called “the progressive jackpot” before any cards are dealt. This side bet usually has very poor odds (often around 1%) but can pay out a large sum of money if you happen to hit it (often tens of thousands of dollars).
There are other ways to win blackjack as well, such as through special promotions or bonuses that casinos offer from time to time. However, these seven methods are the most common ways to win at blackjack.