How Blackjack Works

Dealer Playing Blackjack at a Casino Table
Blackjack also known as 21 is one of the most popular casino games. John Howard / Getty Images

The game of blackjack exists in a gray area in between games of skill and games of chance. Is it a gambling game, like a spin of the wheel or the roll of the dice? Or is it a game that can be learned, mastered, and won by using special systems and methods?

In this article, we'll learn the rules of blackjack, as well as table etiquette for playing at a casino. We'll also talk about odds, counting cards, and why casinos might kick you out if they catch you counting.