or 21 Card Game
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known as vingt-et-un, twenty-one 21 and pontoon, is one of the most
popular casino card games in the world. Much of its popularity is
due to the mix of chance with elements of skill and decision making,
and the publicity that surrounds the practice of card counting,
in which players can turn the odds of the game in their favor by
making betting and strategy decisions based on the cards that have
been dealt. Casinos strongly frown upon card counting, but it is
a difficult skill to master and few players are successful at it.
the players bet against the house dealer rather than against each
other. The goal of each player is to have a higher point total than
the dealer without going over 21. The values of the cards in each
hand are added with 2 through 10 having face value, Ace having value
1 or 11 (player's choice), and King, Jack, and Queen cards having
the value 10. If the player's and the dealer's hands have the same
point value, this is known as a "push", and neither player
wins the hand.
After initial bets are placed, the dealer deals the cards (either
from a single hand-held deck of cards, or more commonly from a shoe
containing four or more decks): two cards to each player, including
himself. One of the dealer's two cards is visible, the other hidden
(the hidden card is known as the "hole card"; in European
blackjack, the hole card is not actually dealt until the players
all play their hands). The cards of the players are dealt either
face up or face down, depending on local casino practice; face up
is the most common. At this point, if any player has a "natural"
21 (an Ace with any 10-count card), he is immediately paid 3:2 (most
of the time: see Basic Strategy below) for his bet, unless the dealer
also has a natural, which is a push. If the dealer has a natural,
all players without a natural lose immediately; they do not get
a chance to further improve their hands.
If the dealer
does not have a natural, then one by one the dealer gives each player
the option of asking for more cards (called "taking a hit")
or staying with his current total (called "standing" or
"holding"). The player may continue to ask for more cards,
one by one, until he has either gone over 21 ("a bust"),
or he is satisfied with the cards that he has. In addition, depending
on what cards the player holds, and depending on the rules in effect
at the table, the player may have the option of performing certain
special plays (described below). If the player busts (takes a hit
that put him over 21), he immediately loses the bet.
After all the
players have finished making their decisions, the dealer then reveals
the hidden "hole" card and may or may not draw additional
cards. The decision of whether to draw more cards is not up to the
dealer; it depends only on the point total that the dealer holds.
If the dealer has fewer than 17, he draws another card, and continues
to draw more cards until reaching a value equal to or greater than
17. If the dealer busts, then all remaining players win. Bets are
normally paid out at the odds of 1:1. Casino rules vary on whether
the dealer takes a hit when holding a "soft" 17 (that
is, a hand such as an Ace with a six, which can be counted as either
7 or 17). In Atlantic City, all dealers will stand on a soft 17.
In other areas, this is up to the individual casino.
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