Learn how to play Blackjack with PlaySmart

Learn how to play Blackjack with PlaySmart


All right, all right. PlaySmart presents
Get Your Game On, where we learn how to play
Blackjack with confidence so that you can have
more fun playing. Welcome, welcome. Are you guys
ready to Get Your Game On? – Whoo!
-Okay, fantastic. Now, we we’re here with Robin.
Hello, Robin. – Hi, hi.
And we are also here with Paul. – Hello, how are you, sir?
– Fine. Okay now, Robin, we’re
playing Blackjack today. – Are you excited?
– I am excited, yeah. I’m… I’m actually
really nervous, ’cause I don’t know
how to play. Oh, that’s okay,
don’t worry about that because we’ll have
you playing smart and playing confidently
in no time. Ever heard of the game 21? Uh… I think so. – Yeah, yeah.
– Okay, well, perfect. Same game,
just a different name. Everyone’s goal at the table
is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting as close
to 21 as possible without ever going over. The highest winning hand
possible is Blackjack… – Okay, okay.
– …which is a ten or a face card
plus an ace as the first two cards
you’re dealt. Now let’s play a practice round.
Sound good? Mm, music to my ears. All right. The dealer now deals
each player two cards like this. Cards from two through ten
are at face value. Face cards,
Jacks, Queens, and Kings, are each worth ten. And aces are worth
one or eleven, depending on how you want
to use them. You have an eight
and a king. That’s 18.
It’s pretty close to 21. The odds suggest
that you should stay. Okay, but how to do I know
when to stay? You know, Blackjack is a game
of strategy, Robin, and applying it, you can increase your
chances of winning. Whether to hit, stay, split
or double down, if you are unsure of a play, then you can just ask
your dealer at any time. That totally makes sense to me. I’m just wondering what
you said about the aces, that they can be
one or eleven. Right, yes, of course.
You know what, it’s like this. If you have a 16 in your hand and you decide to hit for
another card, and it’s an ace, counting as an 11 would
put you over 21, or bust your hand,
which means you lose. But if you assign a value
of one to the ace, you’ll have 17 and still have
a pretty good chance of winning. – Okay, I get it.
– Now, if the dealer gets Blackjack
right off the bat, then everybody
automatically loses, unless, of course, the other
players have Blackjack. If this happens,
they keep their bets. Actually, any time a player
ties the dealer, they get to keep their bets. Next comes hitting. After the initial deal, players can ask
for an extra card, say, if they have
a ten or less. To hit, you would do this. Now, let’s say you have
17 or higher and you’re satisfied
with your total, you would want to stay. To stay,
you would go like this. – Oh.
– This means no more cards. What if I have
a pair of eights? Mmm, that’s a great question. Now, if you have a pair,
like eights, you want to split them. You indicate that you want to
split the cards by doing this. Oh, okay, um… That’s it, exactly. Splitting your hand gives you
a better chance to win, as you are now playing
with two hands, but keep in mind it forces you
to double your bet. – (Laughing)
– Yeah. Yeah, well done. There’s another play called
“doubling down”. After you’ve been dealt
your first two cards, you have an option
of doubling your initial bet, but it limits you to only
one additional card. The best time to double down is when the dealer is
showing a bust card, typically a five or a six. This is because
there’s a pretty good chance the dealer’s other card
is a ten or face card, increasing the odds
that the dealer will bust on their next draw. Hey, uh, can I double down
on this hand? Yeah, you absolutely can. Oh, okay.
Uh, like that? Or around? – (Laughing) Okay.
– Great. Ah… – Hey.
– (Applause, laughter) Well done.
Congratulations. Blackjack is super fun, and unlike other
card games, Robin, your decision making
can impact the outcome. I think you’re just
about ready to play. So, uh, before you do though, just remember
playing basic strategy will improve the odds
of winning, but it will never
guarantee a win. Let’s go have fun
and play smart.