# Blackjack - Red Shores

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Blackjack, also known as 21, is a popular casino card
game in which players compare their hand of cards with
that of the dealer. To win at Blackjack, a player must
create a hand with a higher total than that of the dealer,
but without exceeding 21.
At the beginning of each game, players must place
their bets in the betting area in front of the position
they sit at the table. After the bets are placed, each
player is dealt two cards face up. The dealer receives
one card face up and one card face down. The
dealer’s hand is completed once all players have
finished drawing cards.
Make better decisions. Learn the rules of the game
before you play.
Determining your hand’s value is as follows: face
cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) have a value of 10.
Numbered cards are worth their face value, and Aces
count as either 1 or 11.
A Blackjack (two cards that equal 21) beats all other
combinations of cards that equal 21. A two-card 21 on
split hands is not a Blackjack.
If your first two cards total 21, you win because you
have a Blackjack which pays 3 to 2 on your bet. If the
dealer also has a Blackjack, you would Push (tie).
RULES OF THE GAME
On your turn, you must choose whether to Hit (to take
card) or Stand (do not choose to take another card)
in order to create a hand totaling as close to 21 as
possible, without Busting (exceeding 21).
WORDS TO KNOW
If the dealer exceeds 21, all players who have 21 or less
win. Otherwise the dealer’s point total is compared to
each player’s. All winning bets are paid even money
(1 to 1).
Soft hand: A hand that includes an Ace and has two
possible totals (depending on whether the Ace has a
value of 1 or 11) neither of which exceeds 21.
Blackjack: When the first two cards dealt to a hand total
21 (either an Ace and a 10 or an Ace and a face card).
Hard hand: A hand with no Aces or one in which the
Ace has the value of 1.
PAYOUTS
Hit or draw: You want another card; draw one or more
All winning bets are paid even money except for
Blackjack, which pays 3 to 2. When a Push occurs, you
Stand: You are satisfied with your hand and don’t want
any more cards.
Splitting pairs: If you have two cards of equal value in
one hand you can split them into two separate hands.
When splitting a hand, you must place an additional bet
equal to your original wager. If you split Aces, you get
only one hit on each Ace.
Insurance: If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, you
can insure your bet against the possibility of the dealer’s
final hand being a Blackjack. You can wager
a sum equal to one-half of your original bet. If the
dealer draws a Blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2 to
1. If the dealer’s hand is not a Blackjack, you lose your
insurance bet.
Bust or broke: Cards add up to 22 or more.
BLACKJACK MYTHS
When playing Blackjack, the playing styles of others
impact your long term cost of play.
False - Although the decisions other players make may
long term cost of play are dependent solely on your
own play.
Further Information: Although a player may tend to remember
instances when the plays of others have negatively impacted
them, they will also gain from the perceived “wrong” play of others
an equal amount of times over the long term.
Table games players’ chances of winning improve
when certain dealers are on shift.
False - The results in all table games are random.
House advantage and the long term cost of play will
remain consistent regardless of which dealer is on shift
as long as the player’s betting and playing strategy
remains the same.
Further Information: This is due to the fact that all dealers work
with a predetermined set of rules; all dealers are required to
make the same decisions based solely on the circumstances
of the game.
Understanding how some table games work and
playing “basic strategy” will decrease my losses
over time.
True - Understanding the games and consistently
playing in a manner which gives you the highest
statistical chance of winning will result in less
frequent losses.
Further Information: Even if a player plays perfect “basic strategy”
a house advantage will still exist resulting in long term costs for the
player, therefore not guaranteeing a win.
You should avoid choosing the last position at
the table.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
False – Seating position at a Blackjack table does not
influence individual game outcomes.
Drop by the PlayWise Information Centre at Red Shores.
You’ll find a wide range of interactive and educational
tools and gambling related literature. Our friendly
representatives are happy to help answer all of your
gambling related questions.
Further Information: The results in all table games are random.
House advantage and the long term cost of play will remain
consistent regardless of which position a player is seated at
the table.
Always assume that the Dealer has a 10 in the hole.
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How the games work
False – There are 4 times as many cards in a deck that
are worth a value of 10 than any other card. However,
only 30% of the cards in the deck are worth 10, so there
is really only a 3:7 chance in any given round that the
Blackjack dealer actually has a 10 in the hole.
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The cost of play, randomness and house
advantage related to all table games
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Tips to keep gambling fun
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Available community resources and services
should you or someone you know be experiencing
problems with gambling
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