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Blackjack Rules

Game Summary

The object of Blackjack is for the total of your cards to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards, without exceeding 21.

How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack is usually played with 6 standard decks and usually no wild cards. All face cards have a value of 10. Aces have a value of either one or 11 points; if counting the ace as 11 would put the hand over 21, count the ace as 1. Other cards are worth their face value.

  • If the player receives an Ace and a ten-value card as his first two cards, he has blackjack and wins 3 to 2, unless the dealer is showing a ten-value or Ace.
  • If the total value of the player’s cards is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, he wins even money, equal to the bet he placed.
  • If the total of the player’s cards is more than 21, he “busts” and loses his bet. If the player and the dealer have the same card total (17 and up) neither of them wins and the player’s bet is returned to him in a “push”. Blackjack beats a score of 21.

The dealer will always 'draw' cards to 16 and will always stand on 17 (depending on casino rules), including a soft 17 (Ace and a 6). If the dealer busts, the game is over and the player wins. Once the dealer stands, the hands are compared and the hand closest to 21 is paid. The simplest way to get exactly 21 is to hold an ace and either a face card or a ten.

Notice: Always remember that when you play blackjack it's you against the dealer. The two variables that determine how you should play your hand are the dealer's up card (the card showing, face up) and your hand.


If the player’s first two cards have the same point value, he may split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. Then he proceeds to draw cards. He may draw as many cards as he likes on each split hand, but if he splits two aces, he receives only one additional card for each Ace. If the player splits two aces and one of his hands totals 21, it is counted as 21 and not blackjack.


After the player is dealt two cards, and thinks that another card will allow him to beat the dealer’s hand; he can increase his bet by an amount up to the original bet or “double” his bet. The player’s wager is doubled, and he is allowed to receive one more card.


Insurance is considered to be a game of its own within blackjack. It allows the player to try and protect himself when he thinks that the dealer may have blackjack. When buying insurance, he places half of his initial bet. If the dealer does have blackjack, the player is paid 2 to 1 on his insurance bet. If the dealer doesn’t have blackjack, the player loses his insurance bet.


Winning Hand - 1 to 1
Insurance - 2 to 1
Blackjack - 3 to 2