Basic BlackJack Rules

You need to know the card values to know how to play 21. Cards 2-10 are worth the value of the number on the face of the card. Numbered cards are worth the corresponding number indicated on the card. Face cards (those with pictures on them) are worth 10, except for the Ace, which is worth 1 or 11. A picture combined with an Ace is Blackjack (a value of 21).

21 CARD GAME EXPLAINED

The most important blackjack rule is simple: beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21. If you get 21 points exactly on the deal, that is called a “blackjack.” When you’re dealt a blackjack 21, it’s customary to pay out 3:2 or 2:1. That means you win $300 for ever $200 bet at 3:2, or $200 for every $100 bet at 2:1. Clearly. 2:1 is a better payout. Some casinos have moved this down to 6:5 or 7:5, however, this means you’ll get considerably less money over the long haul. A game that pays 1:1 on any kind of a blackjack is usually not even worth looking at. Whether you’re at a land-based casino or playing online blackjack, the gambling table is always laid out the same way.

Basic Blackjack Rules:

  • The goal of blackjack is to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21.
  • Face cards are worth 10. Aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever makes a better hand.
  • Each player starts with two cards, one of the dealer’s cards is hidden until the end.
  • To ‘Hit’ is to ask for another card. To ‘Stand’ is to hold your total and end your turn.
  • If you go over 21 you bust, and the dealer wins regardless of the dealer’s hand.
  • If you are dealt 21 from the start (Ace & 10), you got a blackjack.
  • Blackjack usually means you win 1.5 the amount of your bet. Depends on the casino.
  • Dealer will hit until his/her cards total 17 or higher.
  • Doubling is like a hit, only the bet is doubled and you only get one more card.
  • Split can be done when you have two of the same card – the pair is split into two hands.
  • Splitting also doubles the bet, because each new hand is worth the original bet.
  • You can only double/split on the first move, or first move of a hand created by a split.
  • You cannot play on two aces after they are split.
  • You can double on a hand resulting from a split, tripling or quadrupling you bet.