The object of Blackjack or “21” is to acquire cards that add up to 21, or as close as possible to 21 without going over – and to have a higher total than the dealer.
After placing a wager, players are dealt two cards face-up. The dealer also deals him/herself two cards – one card is face-up, the other is facedown.
Cards are counted by their face value. Face cards count as 10, Aces count as 1 or 11.
Each player has the option, in turn, to draw additional cards in order to beat the dealer’s hand.
If your first two cards are an Ace and a card worth 10, you have “Blackjack”! You are paid 1 1/2 (“3-2”) times your bet, unless the dealer also has Blackjack, resulting in a “push”.
You can double your bet and take a single card; this is called “doubling down”. Doubling down is only allowed on your first two cards, and is also allowed on split hands except for Aces.
If your first two cards are of equal value, you have the option of “splitting” the cards into two separate hands. You must double the amount of your original bet in order to split a hand. You are allowed to split hands a maximum of three times (four hands). Aces may only be split once, but only receive one additional card each.
If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, players may buy “insurance”. You may wager up to half your original bet on the insurance line. If the dealer has Blackjack, the original bet is lost, but the insurance wager is paid 2-to-1. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the insurance wager is lost.
The dealer turns over the facedown card after all players have decided to “stand” (take no more cards) or “hit” (request more cards).The dealer must draw more cards if his or her cards total under 17 or “soft 17” (Ace + 6).Wagers are then paid, taken or pushed.
A tying hand results in a push and no money changes hands.
Cards are then gathered and a new round of play begins.
- 6 decks shoes
- Blackjack pays 3 to 2
- Split up to 4 times except aces