Blackjack, which was originally known by the Spanish name Vingrador or Vingor, is an American variation on the traditional European version of blackjack known as 21, in which players can deal with three cards at once. The most common variation is the ‘seven card stud’ variant where a player chooses from seven cards in the deck before dealing out to the players. There are many variations on this theme.
The most popular version of this game is the ‘royal game’ or the European version, where the first player deals out cards into five piles, the topmost of which contains the dealer’s seven cards, the bottom of which is dominated by the dealer’s one and only card. These are dealt in such a way that each player has a pile, but does not know the order in which the cards were dealt. The player with the ace (the ace being the player’s turn) is dealt his first card. Then the dealer adds up the cards from all four piles and places them in the order in which they were dealt, starting with the dealer.
Dealers may either deal their cards from left to right or from right to left, or vice versa. If the dealer deals from left to right, the dealer must first reveal the topmost card from the top pile. If he deals from right to left, the dealer may reveal only the topmost card in the second pile, if any, from left to right.
Hand sizes vary according to the number of players. In the eight-player game, there are two players per table, three in the sixteen-player game and four in the twenty-one-player game. The number of hands dealt per table will vary according to the number of players. For example, two players will have to deal with four hands while ten players will need to deal with twelve hands.
Once a player has dealt four hands, he takes over from the dealer and leaves the table, and takes his turn at his table. He will then be dealt four more cards, followed by the dealer taking over again, and so on.
Blackjack is a fun card game and is widely played. In fact, it is often considered a game that is for everyone. and that involves the entire family. Blackjack can be played by groups of people of all ages, although the more advanced players enjoy playing alone, as it is more of an intellectual game than a physical one.