The primary objective in the game of Blackjack is to beat the dealers hand and acquire a hand that either equals 21 or comes as close as possible to 21. Be careful though because if your hand exceeds 21 then it will “Bust” and you’ll unfortunately be out of the game.
Another really important fact about Blackjack is that players never play against each other; they play only against the dealer. In the following section we talk about strategies and whilst you may make inferences about the cards the other players have – it does not mean you are competing with them.
Let’s quickly point out what the values of the cards are:
- An Ace has a value of 11 or one. Its value depends on the other types of cards you have in your hand. If you only need 1 to get to 21 and you have an Ace, then its value in this situation would best be suited to 1. If you have a 10 and an Ace and you need 11 to get to 21, then your Ace will have a value of 11.
- Jacks, Queens and Kings all have a value of 10.
- Number cards have a value of the number they represent.
Playing is not as tricky as it may appear. First players will place their bets. The dealer will hand out two playing cards per player, including himself. Players gather their cards and evaluate if what they have can beat the dealers hand. If players hand can beat dealer’s hand, then player will opt to Stand. If player doesn’t believe his hand will beat the dealer, then he will request a Hit. The dealer will then give the player another card. This player who received the extra card has to check whether he has now Busted, if not then he can either decide to Hit again, or Stand. Each player at a time will get a chance to make a move.
Once all players have had a chance, the dealer will reveal a second card and depending on his new total he can Stand or Hit. If the dealer Busts, everyone at the table who is still in the game (those who didn’t Bust) wins. Players win either when the dealer Busts, when player gets a 21 or when player gets the closest to 21.