What should you do when playing ‘dealer’ or ‘player’ in a blackjack game? ‘Dealer’ is the name of the individual dealer in a casino. If you hear the name mentioned, it is almost certainly that the person that is ‘dealer’ will be a woman. In North America, the payouts for dealer are 3-2-1. The name of the game dealer comes from the practice of bookies who often paid off dealers to attract customers to their stores. Eventually, the practice of bookies resulted in the common nickname for the dealer, ‘The Man’.
In one form or another, blackjack players have always liked playing dealers. It is perhaps because of the glamour attached to the character and the profession that many experienced players and movies have been drawn into the game. From the early days of blackjack in the French casinos in the 1700s, the name ‘dealer’ or ‘dealer’ is an apt one. In the simplest form, the game was played with only two cards, resembling the cards used in today’s blackjack. However, there are many differences between the European and American versions of the game.
For one, the European game used not just one but three packs of cards, which the Americans removed. Moreover, the layout of the table used in the two games is vastly different. In the American version, the players and the dealer(s) sit facing each other, while in the European version, the players and the dealer(s) sit facing a single, flat circular table. Both versions of the game use the same basic rules and the same basic currency, that is the French Francs ( euros in the case of the European game).
The other main difference is that the French version has a tradition of using coins to settle all disputes, a feature not found in the American version. The French version of the game is also known for its “jeu zero” or rather a zero talent which entitles the player to get all the money in the highest talent roll without taking it all. This is a feature that endures in the game of French roulette, known in French as the roulette, or the French version of roulette, which is played in many European countries.
Recognizing the general rules of the game is the first step towards learning and becoming a master of the game. Before the actual game starts, the dealer will have to shuffle the cards. Basic shuffling is the only sure way to avoid any possibility of the cards being tampered with. Sometimes, cards are mixed up when the deck is shuffled, but this is rarely in cases of a full shoe where the entire shoe must be shuffled at topp and this rarely happens in land-based casinos.
The game starts by the dealer turning a card up in the middle of the table, this signifying the beginning of the first round. The player to the immediate left of the dealer starts the game by betting. The player has 3 options at his disposal; call (Same as pass), raise (Same as bet) and fold (Gain), all of which are done by clicking the appropriate button. Once all players have completed their choices, the dealer will then place 3 cards in the middle of the table, these cards are called the “flop”, and then the second betting round will take place.
After the second round of betting, the dealer will turn one card up, this signifying the beginning of the third round. In this and all subsequent rounds, the player must click on the correct choice to bet, raise, or fold, depending on the hand that he has. If his hand currently stands at 8 or 9 as well as a face card, then it is highly advisable to raise. It is also expected that the player will discard the lowest valued card to make the highest hand possible. Lastly, the dealer will hold 3 cards, 2 of them a face card and the other 2 a random card. After the third round of betting, the dealer will turn the 4th card up and the first betting round starts again.
As soon as the 4th card is exposed, the dealer will turn out the 5th card which is normally called the “river”. At this point, the player has now everything that he needs to claim his winnings. There is one more round of betting, which starts the final round of the game. Once the bets are placed, each player will show their cards, and the highest hand will win. Hands are ranked by the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9. Remember, the Ace can be used as a 1 or 11, just like Ace, King, Queen, Jack. The player with the highest hand wins the game.