Blackjack rules are known to many players, but not every player knows the blackjack dealer rules. Quite weird if you think about it. Knowing what your opponent can and can’t do is a crucial part of the game. This is why we have dedicated this article to explicitly tell you the rules that a Blackjack dealer has to go by. Reading this will be your insurance of not getting unpleasantly surprised by some rule you didn’t know about. Of course we have the disclaimer that blackjack rules might vary from one game to another. Without further ado, here is what you should expect from a Blackjack dealer:
the basic blackjack dealer rules
When the game starts, the dealer deals from left to right. Starting with the player on the far left. Then the dealer deals one card to each player in that order, followed by a down card to the dealer himself (or herself). This process is repeated, only this time around the dealer hands himself an up card for everyone to see. The cards have to be displayed diagonally so that both the dealer and players can accurately read the cards. Usually this is portrayed automatically by the computer when played online.
Dealing an Ace
If the dealer deals himself an Ace (the up card), you should be given the option for an insurance. This insurance bet is a 2-to-1 bet that the dealer has Blackjack. Note that these insurance bets are usually not worth the odds.
Playing a round of cards
The dealer starts with the player left of him. The hand should be played completely before moving on. The player should be given the option to hit, stand, double down or surrender. If a player calls for a hit and they go over 21, the player is busted and their money is collected before moving to the next player. Once hit, the player can no longer be offered a split or double down. If the player hits again, the dealer hands him another card. If he stands, the dealer moves to the next player.
A player can also double down, in which case the dealer gives them one more card. The player then must choose to stand. The card should be dealt sideways. The player should now play a second bet behind their original bet.
When the player surrenders, he forfeits the game but gets to keep half his bet. The cards should remain on the table for the duration of the game. The dealer can’t use these cards.
When splitting, some dealers (games or casinos) allow further plays while others don’t. Be aware of the rules in advance.
Playing the dealer hand
Are the players finished? Then it is up to the dealer to show his down card. This is the most important step of the blackjack dealer rules. The cards have to be put to the right as the dealer will make a new ‘pile’ of cards that is clearly separated. The dealer will now hit cards until he hits at least a total of 17. There is no choice here. As long as the total is below 17 the dealer hits, once above he stands.
There is much done automatically when playing online. Blackjack dealer rules are a bit more complicated when facing a live dealer. There can be small details that influence the game, so always pay attention. Details such as the dealer collecting the cards after a game with one single sweep from left to right and discarding those cards. Having players bet in front of a hand. Paying out bets when the cards are still on the table, one by one, from left to right. The order that the hand was played.
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