Blackjack is also referred to as twenty-one. This game involves comparing cards, where players compete against the dealer rather than against each other. The game can be played with 52 to 416 cards depending on the number of decks used. The increased number of cards is increasingly used to combat card counting (a technique that has been used by individuals and groups of blackjack players in the past to nudge the probability of winning in their favor).
Each player is given two cards either face down or face up depending on the casino. The aim of the game is to reach a score of 21 with the initial two cards or achieve final scores higher than the dealer’s but exceeded 21. Players can also win by letting the dealer draw cards til their hand exceeds 21.
Over the years, the game has evolved and also inspired the invention of variations. Advanced players have particularly been known to flock to the game since card counting is possible. A player with the ability to mark what cards have been used can also place their wager accordingly and avoid losing as often. Casino have stamped out this behaviour for the most part and as such maintain a slight edge (on account that you are required to beat rather than draw with the banker/dealer). Blackjack is a very popular casino game that’s easy for beginners to pick up, so does not intimidate casino goers in the same way that poker sometimes can.