To win the game of blackjack, you must get your card point total as close to 21 as possible (but not over 21), beating the dealer’s total.
Numbered cards – face value
Face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) – 10
Aces – 1 or 11, whatever benefits you more
How to play
First, you place your bet. Then, the dealer deals two cards to you and one to himself. The dealer gives himself a second face-down card. You must decide if you will get a hit, or take another card, or pass to the dealer.
If you choose to take a hit, the dealer gives you another card and then asks if you want to hit or stand. This keeps happening until you achieve your desired total or bust.
If the dealer’s face up card is greater than seven, you have good odds if you hit on a total of 12 to 16. It is wise to stand if your cards total 17 or more.
If your card point value exceeds 21, you lose the game. In a tie, there is no winner or loser. If the dealer busts and your total is less than or equal to 21, you win. In a scenario where neither you or the dealer’s total is over 21, the higher hand wins. If you better the dealer, you win even money.
Methods of playing
You can split when your first two cards are of the same value, like a pair of eights. To do this, you must make another bet equal to your first bet. Then, you can play them as separate hands. When splitting Aces, you only get one more card on each hand, and getting 21 is not usually considered blackjack.
Doubling down means you can double your original bet. This can happen after you get your first two cards. If you choose this method, the dealer will only give you one more card and then draw the cards he needs to make up his own hand.
A blackjack is achieved when the first two cards dealt to you or the dealer are an Ace and a card worth 10. Payoffs for blackjack are three to two.
In some casinos, you will be asked if you want insurance when the dealer’s face-up card is an ace. This will cost half of your original bet. If the dealer gets blackjack, your insurance bet pays two to one, equaling what you lost on the original bet.