PLAYING AT IDN POKER ONLINE
Each player is dealt two cards each, one card face up or down depending on the respective server. On the Blackjack IDN Poker Online site, dealers are also dealt two cards, usually one face up (open) and one face down (hidden). In most countries, dealers only accept one card face up. Face cards (Jack, Queen, and King) are all worth ten. Ace can be worth one or eleven. Hand value is the sum of card values. Players are allowed to draw additional cards to increase their hands. A hand with an ace of 11 is called “soft”, which means the hand will not break by taking an additional card. The value of the ace will be one to prevent hands over 21. Otherwise, hands are called “hard”.
AFTER ALL IDN POKER ONLINE PLAYERS COMPLETE THEIR HANDS, IT’S THE DEALER’S TURN. THE DEALER’S CARD WILL NOT BE COMPLETED IF ALL PLAYERS ARE DAMAGED OR RECEIVE BLACKJACK. THE DEALER THEN REVEALS THE HIDDEN CARD AND HAS TO PRESS UNTIL THE TOTAL CARD IS UP TO 17 POINTS. AT 17 POINTS OR HIGHER THE DEALER MUST REMAIN. (AT MOST TABLES, THE DEALER ALSO TOUCHES A “SOFT” CARD 17, E.G. A CARD CONTAINING AN ACE AND ONE OR MORE OTHER CARDS TOTALING SIX.) YOU BET THAT YOU HAVE A BETTER CARD THAN THE DEALER. THE BETTER HAND IS THE HAND WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE CARDS IS CLOSER TO 21 WITHOUT EXCEEDING 21. THE FOLLOWING DETAILED HAND RESULTS:
If a player is given an ace and ten values (called “blackjack” or “natural”), and the dealer is not, the player wins and usually receives a bonus.
If the player exceeds 21 (“sculpture”); the player loses, even if the dealer also exceeds 21.
If the dealer exceeds 21 (“statue”) and the player does not; player wins.
If the player reaches the final number higher than the dealer and does not fail; player wins.
If an IDN Poker Online dealer and player receives a blackjack or other hand of the same amount, called a “push”, no one wins.
Blackjack has more than 100 variations of the rules. Since the 1960s, blackjack has been a target of high profile profit players, especially card counters, who track the profile of cards that have been distributed and adjust their bets and game strategies accordingly. In response, casinos have introduced countermeasures that can increase the difficulty of playing profits.
PLAY BLACKJACK DIRECTLY AT THE CASINO
At a casino blackjack table, the dealer faces five to seven playing positions from behind a semicircular table. Between one and eight standard 52-card decks are shuffled together. At the beginning of each round, up to three players can place their bets in the “betting box” at each position in play. That is, there could be up to three players at each position at a table in jurisdictions that allow back betting.
The player whose bet is at the front of the betting box is deemed to have control over the position, and the dealer will consult the controlling player for playing decisions regarding the hand; the other players of that box are said to “play behind”. Any player is usually allowed to control or bet in as many boxes as desired at a single table, but it is prohibited for an individual to play on more than one table at a time or to place multiple bets within a single box. In many U.S. casinos, however, players are limited to playing two or three positions at a table and often only one person is allowed to bet on each position.
The dealer deals cards from their left (the position on the dealer’s far left is often referred to as “first base”) to their far right (“third base”). Each box is dealt an initial hand of two cards visible to the people playing on it, and often to any other players. The dealer’s hand receives its first card face up, and in “hole card” games immediately receives its second card face down (the hole card), which the dealer peeks at but does not reveal unless it makes the dealer’s hand a blackjack. Hole card games are sometimes played on tables with a small mirror or electronic sensor that is used to peek securely at the hole card. In European casinos, “no hole card” games are prevalent; the dealer’s second card is neither drawn nor consulted until the players have all played their hands.
Cards are dealt either from one or two handheld decks, from a dealer’s shoe, or from a shuffling machine. Single cards are dealt to each wagered-on position clockwise from the dealer’s left, followed by a single card to the dealer, followed by an additional card to each of the positions in play. The players’ initial cards may be dealt face up or face down (more common in single-deck games).
The object of the game from the player’s perspective is to win money by creating card totals that are higher than those of the dealer’s hand, but do not exceed 21 (“busting”/”breaking”), or alternatively, by “standing” (not taking a card) at any total in the hope that dealer will bust. On their turn, players must choose whether to “hit” (take a card), “stand” (end their turn), “double” (double wager, take a single card and finish), “split” (if the two cards have the same value, separate them to make two hands) or “surrender” (give up a half-bet and retire from the game).
Number cards count as their natural value; the jack, queen, and king (also known as “face cards” or “pictures”) count as 10; aces are valued as either 1 or 11 according to the player’s choice. If the hand value exceeds 21 points, it busts, and all bets on it are immediately forfeit. After all boxes have finished playing, the dealer’s hand is resolved by drawing cards until the hand busts or achieves a value of 17 or higher (a dealer total of 17 including an ace valued as 11, also known as a “soft 17”, must be drawn to in some games and must stand in others). The dealer never doubles, splits, or surrenders.
If the dealer busts, all remaining player hands win. If the dealer does not bust, each remaining bet wins if its hand is higher than the dealer’s, and loses if it is lower. If a player receives 21 on the 1st and 2nd card it is considered a “natural” or “blackjack” and the player is paid out immediately unless dealer also has a natural, in which case the hand ties. In the case of a tied score, known as “push” or “standoff”, bets are normally returned without adjustment; however, a blackjack beats any hand that is not a blackjack, even one with a value of 21. Wins are paid out at 1:1, or equal to the wager, except for player blackjacks which are traditionally paid at 3:2 (meaning the player receives three dollars for every two bet) or one-and-a-half times the wager. Many casinos today pay blackjacks at less than 3:2 at some tables; for instance, single-deck blackjack tables often pay 6:5 for a blackjack instead of 3:2
Blackjack games almost always provide a side bet called insurance, which may be played when dealer’s upcard is an ace. Additional side bets, such as “Dealer Match” which pays when the player’s cards match the dealer’s up card, are sometimes available.