It seems that more and more people are starting to take an active interest in playing Blackjack. The game is rapidly becoming almost as popular as poker. The reason for the increased interest in Blackjack is because people have discovered that the rules are simple, thus, making it very easy to play. The only thing you really have to remember when you are playing Blackjack is that the hand closet to twenty-one wins, and if you have a hand that adds up to more than twenty-one, you lose.

First, the dealer is going to deal you two cards. You have to look at your cards and decide if you want to hit, take a third card, or stand; do not take any additional cards, and let the two you have ride. You can keep taking cards until you feel you are close enough to twenty-one to win the round.

If you are interested in playing poker, there are some simple tips that will increase your chances of success.

When the hand in front of you adds up to seventeen, it is really tempting to draw another card. This is usually a mistake. If the card you draw has a greater value than four, you automatically lose the hand. When you have seventeen, you should ignore your gut and stand firm.

When you look at the dealer’s down card, you should simply assume that it is going to be a ten.

If you have twelve or better, and the dealer has a four, five, or a six, you should stand if your own cards add up to twelve or better.

If you have either aces of 8’s, you should split the hand. Don’t worry about what the dealer is holding, split the cards.

The only other time you have the option to split your hand is when you have a pair of tens. When you find yourself in this position, you should not split. You already have twenty, which is going to be hard for the dealer to beat. By not splitting, you have a really good chance of having one winning hand, but if you split, you could lose both hands.

When you go to the casino to play Blackjack you should only bring the maximum amount of money, in cash, with you. Leave your ATM card, your credit cards, and your check book at home. By doing this you won’t be tempted to lose more than you safely can afford to.