Blackjack is a straightforward game with simple rules. A player is dealt 2 up-facing cards and the dealer is dealt 2 cards but only one of them is facing up. The purpose of the game is beating the dealer by having a hand value higher than the dealer’s hand without going over 21.
All cards carry the value that is noted on them except face cards that carry a value of 10 and an Ace which can be a 1 or 11. After the initial deal a player is given the option of “hit” which is taking another card or “stand” which is remaining with the hand they were dealt.
When being dealt certain hands players also are given the option to double their bet and automatically receive an additional card or split their bet when hitting a pair on the initial deal. Choosing between hitting and standing is depended on the value of the 2 cards the player is holding and the dealer’s facing card. For the best decisions making consult our blackjack strategy chart to know on which hand to stand, hit, double or split.
If you stick to these rules you decrease the house edge and increase your chance of winning most hands. Do not follow your gut feeling that a certain valued card is about to be drawn, especially when playing blackjack when more than 1 deck is in play. Remember mathematicians and experienced blackjack players have devised this chart and it is here to guide you in playing optimal blackjack.