Blackjack, or 21, is one of the most popular card games enjoyed by all.
In Blackjack, everyone plays against the dealer. Players receive two cards face up and the dealer receives one. The object of the game is to get as close as possible to 21 without going over. If a hand goes over 21, it is called a “bust” or “break” and the wager is lost. In 21, Jacks, Queens, Kings and 10s count as 10. An Ace may be played as a one or an 11. All other cards are played at face value.
When you receive your first two cards, you may draw as many cards as you want until you are close to 21 or until you “bust” or “break.”. If you wish to “stand”, wave your hand above your cards and If you wish to receive another card- knock on the surface of the table in front of them.
When the last player gets an additional card (or refuses to take any), the dealer deals an additional card for himself according to the rule: “Dealer must stand on 17 and draw on 16”.
If you are closer to 21 than the dealer, you win and are paid an amount equal to your original wager. If your hand is less than the dealer’s, you lose. If the dealer’s hand “busts” or “breaks,” you win as well. Ties are a standoff or “push” and your bet does not win and is returned.
If your initial two cards total 21, any Ace with a 10, Jack, Queen, or King, you have a Blackjack. Blackjack is paid 3 to 2. In Blackjack, the player has many options to choose from:
If your first two cards have the same numerical value, you may split them into two hands. The bet on the second hand must equal the original bet. If the split pair is Aces, you are limited to a one-card draw on each hand.
After receiving your first two cards you may elect to wager an additional amount not to exceed the value of the original bet. With a double down, you will be dealt one additional card only.
If the dealer’s face-up card is a 7 or higher, you may elect to take insurance. The insurance bet is a wager that the dealer’s second card is any 10. You may bet up to one-half of your original bet. Insurance bets pay 2 to 1 if the dealer’s second hand is a 10 but loses in all other instances.
Players have the option of surrendering after receiving their first two cards. If you surrender your cards, the dealer will take half of your wager. This rule does not apply in cases when the dealer opens an Ace as a first card.