Blackjack is one of the most popular card games played across the world. The game basically involves making a hand with a point total which is 21 or less. The total should not exceed 21. The Face cards – Jacks, Queens and Kings – have a value of 10 points in this game, while Aces have values of 1 or 11, based on your choice. The rest of the cards have a value equal to their number.
In order to win in Blackjack, you must look to beat the dealer, without getting busted by totaling more than 21. The winner of a game is the one with the highest total that is close to 21. In case there is a tie, the game is considered a push, where there is no winner. When you are dealt an Ace and 10 (Blackjack) first-up, you automatically win, unless there is a tie with the dealer.
Typically, a blackjack game will have 6 players at the table. Six or at times, eight decks of cards will be shuffled and placed by the dealer in a ‘Shoe’. Before being dealt a card, a player has to place a bet. Each player is then dealt two face-up cards. The dealer, on the other hand, will receive one face-up card and one face-down card. Players will then decide to retain the cards or take more cards to make a total of close to 21 without busting. If you do not bust, it will be the dealer’s turn to play. When every player has finished playing, the dealer will reveal his down card. As per the rule, a count of 17 or more will mean the dealer stays and if it is 16 or lesser, the dealer will have to draw.
With a total of 21 with an Ace or a 10 (or a face card), you have a Blackjack, wherein you will be paid out 1 and a half times of your wager, unless there is a tie.