How to Deal in Blackjack?

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino card games out there. Lots of people enjoy playing blackjack at either a brick and mortar casino or an online casino. Perhaps you just finished setting up a blackjack table, and you’re thinking of inviting family and friends over to have a fun time together. However, you should know that playing blackjack as a player is way different from playing it as a dealer play.

So, in this post, we’d be teaching you how to deal blackjack. We’d start right from the order in which players are dealt cards to the standing and hitting requirement for a dealer play. We’d also look at the blackjack dealer rules in this post.

Blackjack Basic Strategy for Dealers and Players

The basic strategy rule for blackjack is pretty simple. Players try their best to score 21 or get as close to 21 as possible without exceeding 21. Dealer’s on the other hand with any card between 2 to 10 are worth their face value. ACE is worth 11 or 1 point, while jack, queen and king is worth 10 points.

Besides, the advanced blackjack dealer rule states that as a dealer, you can’t have insurance bet. Dealer’s can’t also double down, split or surrender. They also face additional rules that limit them on how they can stand and hit.

In most brick and mortar casinos or online casinos, dealers always hit on cards with face value less than 17 regardless of the card in hand. However, as a dealer, you can’t hit on cards like 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. The dealer bust most often if they do.

Before you start Dealing Cards

Just before you start dealing cards as a dealer, you should note some things need to be in place. First and foremost, you need to shuffle the decks of cards. When playing with several players, combing more than one number of decks.

After shuffling your cards, make sure the players place their bets on the table before you deal out the cards. After dealing the cards, players can’t wager more except they want to split or double down their hands into two.

Dealing cards for Players

When giving players cards, give each players first card facing down. As a dealer, you should start by giving cards to players at your left first before dealing cards to the rest of the players. End by giving yourself a card facing down. Deal another card around but this time around deal each players card facing up. Finally, give yourself the last upcard.

As a dealer, if your upcard is an ace,  you’re to ask players if they want to purchase an insurance bet. If the players buy an insurance bet (it should be half of their original bet), then you flip over your second card to confirm if it’s a blackjack.

If your second card is a blackjack, collect bets from anyone that didn’t purchase insurance bet. Players that purchased insurance bet get their original wager back. Players who have blackjack will also get their original wager back even though they didn’t buy insurance.

The Dealer’s Turn

After each player play their normal turn as they should the dealer plays next. But when it’s the dealer’s play, turn over your hole card and if it’s a less than 16 pick additional card until you have a hand with a value of 17 or more.

If your second card is an ACE, it is 11, but if the total value is exceeding 21, the ACE would be counted as 1. As a dealer, if the value of your hand is exceeding 21, the dealer bust and the players on the table would win. If your hand value is less than 21 players, who have hands more than yours you’d pay them with the bets of player who have had less than yours. If it’s a tie, you return t bets to the players.

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