Blackjack Game Objectives

The objective in blackjack is to have a hand which totals 21, or beats the dealer’s hand by coming as close to 21 as possible without going over, or “busting.” If your first two cards are an ace and a ten, that’s blackjack or “a natural” 21! Blackjack always beats a hand that totals 21 by adding the values of more than the first two cards.

A picture card is counted as 10, a card from 2-10 is counted at its face value, and an ace can be counted as either 1 or 11. A “hard hand” is a hand that does not contain an ace or contains an ace that can only be counted as 1 so as not to bust. A dealer’s ace always counts as 11.

Note: The suits of the cards do not have any meaning in the game.

Black Jack Terms Defined:
Hit: Give player another card

Stand: No more cards

Double Down: Give player ONLY one more card, and double player’s bet.

Make two hands out of player’s pair of cards with the same value. Player’s initial wager will be placed on one hand, and a second wager of equal value will be placed on the second hand.

However, if you split two aces, you get only one additional card for each hand. If you split two aces and one of your hands totals 21, this is not considered blackjack, but 21. You cannot split a split hand.

If the dealer’s upcard is an ace, player will be given the option of placing a side-bet, called insurance. When the dealer shows an ace, he is considered to have a good chance of having blackjack. If the dealer does have blackjack, the insurance pays 2 to 1, corresponding to the amount of your initial bet. If you have bought insurance, and the dealer does not have blackjack, you lose your insurance. Your initial bet is then settled by comparing your cards with the dealer’s. Should you and the dealer both have blackjack, the game results in a push.
How The Cards are Dealt (General Information)

Shoe Games
The players cards will be dealt face-up, and the players are not allowed to touch the cards. Common at most Casino’s

Hand-held Games
The player’s cards are dealt face down, and the players pick up the cards.
Rules to follow when playing this way:

  • You are only allowed to touch the cards with one hand.
  • You must keep the cards over the table.
  • Any cards that the dealer subsequently deals to your hand must be left on the table, not added to the cards in your hand.