Chemin de Fer Basics – Part One

The general premise of the game is to be handed cards totaling up to twenty-one. Each competitor is assigned two cards. When a black jack player is given a 9 or lower value card and an Ace they’ve been handed a soft hand. When the black jack player receives no Ace cards it is referred to as a hard hand. As soon as the cards have been handed to all players at the table, including the dealer, each blackjack player is given the opportunity to make one of six decisions:

Requesting another card (Hit): When a blackjack player says "hit me" the dealer will deal him another card, if the adding of that card causes the total greater than twenty-one the player will have lost and be excluded from the game, if the card makes the value of the hand to 21 the blackjack player is the winner and if the total has not yet achieved twenty one they are still in the game.

Keeping the hand you’ve been given: If a black jack player is happy with the cards they will stand. Once this has happened the dealer will disclose his/her hand and the blackjack player who has gotten 21 or the closet to twenty-one will win.

Doubling Down: A gambler might ask to double down which doubles the bet they have placed. Once you have taken this action you can only receive 1 additional card. The specifics of doubling down are normally specified by the table or casino rules so prior to competing be certain you’re familiar with the casino rules. If you’re wagering at an internet casino this is normally very simple.

Watch for part two.

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