Chemin de Fer Basics – Part One


Posted by Deanna | Posted in Blackjack | Posted on 09-02-2010

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The basic premise of the game is to be given cards adding up to twenty-one. Each competitor is given 2 cards. When a blackjack player is dealt a 9 or lower value card and an Ace they have been dealt a soft hand. When the black jack player is dealt no Ace cards it is known as a hard hand. As soon as the cards have been handed to every player at the table, including the dealer, each player is given the chance to make 1 of six actions:

Requesting another card (Hit): When a gambler announces "hit me" the dealer will give them another card, if the addition of that card causes the value of the hand to exceed twenty-one the black jack player will have busted and be excluded from the game, if the card pushes the total to twenty-one the player will be the winner and if the value of the hand hasn’t yet achieved 21 they are still in the game.

Keeping the hand you’ve been dealt: If a player is satisfied with the hand they will stand. As soon as this has happened the croupier will show his/her hand and the blackjack player who has accumulated 21 or the closet to twenty-one will come away with a win.

Doubling Down: A gambler might ask to double down which doubles the bet they have placed. As soon as you’ve taken this procedure you can only be given 1 additional card. The specifics of doubling down are normally specified by the table or casino rules so before playing be certain you’re comfortable with the casino game rules. If you’re wagering at a web betting house this is normally very easy.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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