Blackjack is known to be one of the most thrilling and highest profitable games for the players. Taking up a certain strategy gives the gambler a great chance of increasing his balance as the house advantage is as low as one percent or even less. On top of that unlike all beliefs in the gambling world, players can really take advantage over the casino by some forbidden techniques such as card counting and others, an event barely seen in this industry. Although the game is so popular and well-known throughout the globe there are quite a few different varieties to the original (American) version, some of which are quite different. Little changes are made to the rules though. No matter the differences, the odds stay almost the same, so it is up to the players which one to choose. Among the most often played is the European style of blackjack, which basically copies its big American brother, with only a several fractional changes made. The level of thrill and excitement is constant no matter which version you choose. This is definitely one of the most social games in the casinos around the world.How to playIt is not an issue if you are not familiar with the rules of this type of games. Here are the European Blackjack basics: This is a card game, in which the players take on the dealer, trying to get a total of 21 points or the closest to it, but not exceeding it. The number written on the card represents its value, and all face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks), as well as tens are worth ten points. Last but not less important are the Aces. Their value can be either eleven or one, depending if the sum goes over 21. Before the cards are dealt an initial bet has to be made. Then each player and the dealer receive two cards with their faces up. The perfect situation is to get an ace and a ten points worth card which is actually called “Blackjack”. This brings a profit of 2.5 times multiplied bet, unless the dealer has a blackjack too. In this case the bet is returned. The major difference in the American style is when the first two cards are dealt, the second of them is placed with its face down.