Blackjack is a popular card game that is also known as 21. The game’s objective is to have a hand value closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand value without exceeding 21. Here are the basic rules of blackjack:
Number cards (2-10) are worth their face value.
Face cards (Jack, Queen, King) are each worth 10 points.
An Ace can be worth either 1 point or 11 points, depending on which value benefits the hand more without busting (exceeding 21).
If the total value of your hand exceeds 21, you “bust,” and you lose the round regardless of the dealer’s hand.
The dealer typically follows a set of rules regarding when to hit (draw a card) and when to stand (not draw a card). Common rules include:
The dealer must hit on a hand value of 16 or less.
The dealer must stand on a hand value of 17 or more.
After receiving the initial two cards, players have several options:
Hit: Request an additional card to improve the hand’s value.
Stand: Keep the current hand value and end the turn.
Double Down: Double the initial bet and receive only one more card.
Split: If the first two cards have the same value, you can split them into separate hands, each with its bet.
Surrender: Some blackjack variants allow you to surrender and give up half your bet if you feel your writing is weak.
Winning and Payouts:
If your hand value is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand (and you didn’t bust), you win the round.
If you and the dealer have the same hand value (a tie), it’s typically a push, and you get your bet back.
If you get a natural blackjack (an Ace and a 10-value card) as your first two cards, you usually get a higher payout, often 3:2.
If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, you may have the option to take insurance. This side bet pays out if the dealer has a blackjack. It’s generally not recommended for players, as the odds are not in your favor.
Remember, different casinos and variations of blackjack may have slightly different rules. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the specific rules being used at the table you’re playing at.