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October 29, 2008.
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Whether you love blackjack or you're a poker fanatic, Hold'em Blackjack is a
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Up to 6 players are seated around a table in Hold'em Blackjack.
Value of the Cards
Cards 2 through 10 are worth their numerical value.
Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10.
Aces are worth 1 or 11 (to the player's advantage).
The value of a hand is the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand.
The best possible hand is a "7 Card Charlie" (7 cards without going over 21).
The next best hands are 21, 20, 19, etc.
If all hands are over 21 (busted) then the best hand is the one closest to 21.
All 21's are equal in value (for example: the hand A Q has the same value as 2 4 7
8). So that a natural blackjack (i.e. AT, AJ, AQ, or AK) has the same value as
any hand totaling 21.
A round marker known as the dealer button sits in front of a designated player
to determine the order of betting and position of the blinds in the hand.
The dealer button is moved from player to player one position clockwise between
Blinds & Antes
Blinds and Antes are forced bets that are posted before any cards are dealt. The
Small Blind is posted by the player to the immediate left of the dealer button
and is usually equal to Ѕ the Big Blind.
The Big Blind is posted by the player left of the Small Blind and is equal to
the size of the minimum bet. Blinds are considered part of the player's bet
amount in the first round.
Antes are posted by all players and are usually equal to half the Small Blind
amount. Antes go directly into the pot and unlike blinds they are not considered
to be part of a player's bet amount.
Example: in a tournament where the stakes are currently 100 / 200 / 200-1000
the Small Blind is 50, the Big Blind is 100, and the Ante is 25.
Bet amounts are limited by the game stakes. For example, in a game with stakes
listed as 2 / 4 / 4-20, bets are 2 in the first round (fixed limit), 4 in the
second round (fixed limit), and between 4 to 20 in the final round (spread limit).
There is a maximum of one bet and 3 raises in each round.
Each player is dealt one card face down followed by the first round of betting.
Action starts with the player to the left of the big blind and continues
clockwise around the table. Players may bet, check, call, raise, or fold in turn
until all bets are matched.
Betting is Fixed Limit. A bet or raise equals the Big Blind amount.
Each remaining player is dealt a second card face up followed by the second
round of betting. Action starts with the player to the left of the dealer button
and continues clockwise around the table.
Betting is Fixed Limit. A bet or raise equals 2x the Big Blind amount.
Remaining players complete their hands, in turn, going clockwise around the
table starting with the player to the left of the dealer button. Each player may
request additional cards (Hit) until they stop at the current hand total (Stand).
Additional cards are dealt face down. If a player exceeds 21 they can only Stand
(but they are still in the game).
A player may draw to a maximum of 7 cards.
The final round of betting begins after all remaining players have completed
their hands. Action starts with the player to the left of the dealer button and
continues clockwise around the table.
Betting is Spread Limit. A bet or raise must be between 2x and 10x the Big Blind
Remaining players display their hands to determine who wins. Losing hands may be
mucked without being shown. The player with the best blackjack hand (according
to the above hand rankings) wins the pot. Ties split the pot.
After a hand is completed and the pot has been won, the dealer button is moved
one player clockwise and the next hand begins with players posting Blinds and
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- Don't play too many hands with a weak starting card (e.g. 5, 6, 7). A weak card is much
more difficult to improve than a good starting card such as 10, J, Q, K, or A.
A busted hand can still win here! If all remaining players have also busted then 22 is the best
possible, e.g. winning hand.
Remember Ace counts as 1 or 11. So you can't possibly bust by drawing a 3rd card.
Showing an Ace but don't have 21? This is a powerful bluffing opportunity.
Wisely pick your opportunities to bet big with the Spread Limit structure in the final round to steal the
pot on a bluff or win it legit.
Hold'em Blackjack offers so many differences to standard casino blackjack game. Although there is no double down,
splitting, or insurance opportunities, you can bet, raise, and re-raise in 3 rounds of betting to win big pots and
even bluff your opponents off their chips.
In Hold'em Blackjack you need to outplay several opponents in a hand unlike casino blackjack where you only
need to beat the dealer. So you typically need a stronger hand to win; but bluffing is definitely an option!
Having a weak card showing creates deception and uncertainty in the minds of your opponents. It can be a perfect
trapping opportunity to eliminate your opponents if you have a strong hand total such as 20 or 21.
The odds of getting a "7 Card Charlie" is over 11,000 : 1.
Being seated in "late position" is a huge advantage. The more players to act before you in each round the more
information you have to make your betting/drawing decisions. For example, if you think a player acting before
has busted after hitting several times then you likely have them beat without drawing any additional cards.
Drawing more cards increases your chances of busting, but since only the 2nd card is face up, drawing more
cards also disguises the value of your hand.
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