The Basics of Dealing Blackjack


Blackjack is a card game where players compete against the dealer to make hands that total as close to 21 as possible. The game is played with one or more 52-card decks, and each card has a specific value (such as 1 for a spade, 10 for a picture card, or an ace for a black jack). Players are dealt two cards; they can choose to stand (stop drawing cards) or draw (request more cards) depending on the rules of the game.

Blackjack can also feature side bets such as insurance, which pays when the dealer has an ace up. These side bets can reduce the house edge and increase your chances of winning, but you should never bet more than half your original bet on these bets.

When you are dealing, you should always pay attention to the players’ cards and keep your stack of chips neatly stacked on the table. You should also collect all used cards and place them in the discard holder before beginning the next round of betting.

Some casinos reduce the payout for blackjacks to 6 to 5, which increases the house edge and makes the game less profitable for the player. This rule is not universal, however; be sure to read the rules on your casino’s felt before you play.

Several different strategies can be employed in blackjack, and the game has become popular enough that professional dealers are trained to deal the game according to established guidelines. Some dealers are skilled in counting cards, which is a technique that allows them to determine the balance of the deck and adjust their bets accordingly. A basic strategy is to increase your bet size when the count is high and decrease it when the count is low. Some players also use a card-counting system known as plus-and-minus, which involves tracking the concentration of aces and tens in the deck.

The dealer will then reveal their hole card and, if they have a blackjack, they will immediately pay out the player’s bets (except for those that were on insurance). If they don’t have a blackjack, the player loses their first bet; however, their side bets get paid out at a ratio of 2 to 1.

Hiring managers want to know that you can remain calm and professional in stressful situations. You may be faced with a player who is extremely lucky, or a player who is making excessive bets in an attempt to beat the dealer. Your ability to maintain composure in these situations will be an indicator of your overall professionalism and integrity. You should always try to manage the game in a way that is fair and enjoyable for all players.