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Why You Poker Newbies Also Love Black Jack...

Texas hold’em and Omaha are certainly the games of choice on but I’m getting a lot of questions from newcomers to the site who are pressing the casino button and introducing themselves to the fast and furious fun of blackjack. If you’re new to online blackjack its appeal is its simplicity. You only have to make a hand totalling 21 without going bust. All picture cards are valued at 10 and the remainder carry their obvious face value. The ace counts as either 1 or 11 with you deciding which value assists you best to achieve 21. At the outset of an online game, the table sets a bet limit before cards are dealt. The dealer will then deal two cards to each player face up and two to himself or herself, one face up, one face down. The skill revolves around deciding how much to bet and whether to hit or stick as each card is dealt, so as to reach 21 without going bust. If you hit, you receive another face up card. If that card takes you over 21, you bust and lose your money. On reaching 21 or as close as you feel you can risk, you stick. Now it’s the dealer’s turn to flip over his face down card. He or she will then begin taking cards until 17 or over is reached. Dealers always stop at that point. If you have already gone bust, you lose whether the dealer busts or
not. If you have a higher scoring hand than the dealer when he sticks, you win. If the dealer busts and your hand is under 21, you win. When your hand value matches that of the dealer’s, it’s called a “push” and your money is returned to you. Simple. Fast. Fun.

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