The Cards and the Players

First and foremost, you have to know the value of each card. Cards from 2 to 9 have the same value as the number on the cards, while 10 and the face cards which are the King, Queen, and Jack, all have values of 10. Now, the Ace card, on the other hand, can either have a value of 1 or 11, depending on what you will need to come up with the hand value of 21 or closer to the number.

The number of decks used in a blackjack game depends upon the casino wherein some make use of six to eight decks of cards, so this makes the game a bit more interesting and more difficult to count the cards.

As to the number of players, the blackjack table can seat about six players.

The Basic Rules of Blackjack

As stated above, you have to have a total hand value of 21 but not more than that or you “bust” or lose the game. Another important thing that you have to remember is that your hand value should exceed that of the dealer’s but not more than 21 to win the game. The game officially starts when the decks of cards are shuffled either by the shuffling machine called the shoe or by the dealer, after which the players are obliged to place their bets. In shoe games, the players are not permitted to touch their cards, while in handheld games, the players have to pick them up. The players are given two face-up cards, while the dealer gets one face-up and one face-down card or the “hole” card.

After dealing the cards, the dealer will then give the first player to his left the option to keep his cards (stand) or to choose another card (take a hit) to form a better hand total as well as make other betting options. After all players have made their decisions, the dealer then turns his face-down card up, revealing its value.

1.You automatically win if:
2.Your hand total is 21.
3.You had blackjack on your first two cards.
4.Your hand total is greater than the dealer’s without busting.
5.The dealer busted.

You lose, of course, if you busted or the dealer has a greater total than yours.

If it so happens that you and the dealer both have the same hand totals, then you are on a standoff, where either of you do not win or lose.

When you are on a standoff, you get to keep your bet; get a blackjack and you win 1.5x your bet; get a hand total higher than the dealer’s, and you win an amount equivalent to the bet you placed.