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Blackjack is among the most popular online games on the globe. A reason for its popularity is due to the mix of chance with elements of skill that it requires for a player to win at the game.

It also owes its popularity to the publicity it is getting from its card counting methods. In the game of blackjack the player with the biggest total wins the game as long as their total is not over 21. If that total is more then 21 it is said that he has gone bust or has too much value.

Cards between two and ten get their face value, face cards, jack, queen and king are all worth 10 and the value of an ace is 11, unless this value makes the player go bust then its value falls to 1. When the value of an ace is counted as 11 it is called a soft hand and a player cannot get busted if he takes another card. The aim of each player is to defeat the dealer and the player can achieve this by having the higher, unbusted hand.

Neither the player nor the dealer will win the hand, if both of them have the same point value, this move is called a push. Each player will play independently with the dealer, so it is possible for the dealer to lose against some players but still beat the other players in the same round.

The minimum/maximum bet that a player is allowed will be printed on a sign on the table and will differ from casino to casino and table to table. It is rare for a casino to offer minimum bets less than $5. After the player bets for the first time, the dealer will deal the cards, either from one or two hand-held decks of cards, which are known as a "pitch" game.

The dealer will then deal two cards to each player including himself. One of the dealer's two cards will be placed face-up on the table so all the players can see it, and the other card will be placed face down. A two-card hand of 21 is called a "blackjack" and the player is an automatic winner. A player with a blackjack is usually paid 3:2 on his bet.

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