What is a Blackjack

Blackjack or a Natural is a hand that totals 21 (Ace, Ten) in the initial 2 cards dealt. If your hand reaches a value of 21 after the initial two cards, this hand is not considered a blackjack but simply 21. The differences between a Blackjack and 21 are, a Blackjack pays 3:2 odds where as a 21 pays 1:1 odds and should the dealer have a blackjack, a player with 21 would lose the hand but a hand with blackjack would result in a push or a tie.

If you have a Blackjack and you are playing in a face down game you should immediately turn your cards over and enjoy the thrill of the Blackjack. Depending on the casino you maybe paid off immediately or at the end of the hand when the dealer has finished playing their hand. Casinos that pay off immediately check the dealer hand if an Ace or Ten is showing to make sure the hand isn't a Blackjack before play begins. Since Blackjacks are rare it's nice to enjoy this aspect of the game and it's great for the table atmosphere when a player gets a blackjack.

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