In the game of blackjack, players aim to get a hand total as close to 21 as possible without going over. The ace is worth 1 or 11 points, the 2-10 cards are worth their pip value, and the jack, queen and king (J,Q,K) are each worth 10 points.
Blackjack is usually played with six decks of cards, but in some variants only four decks are used.
The dealer will deal two cards to each player face up. The dealer will also deal themselves two cards, one face up and one face down.
The face down card is known as the hole card.
Players will then have a chance to act on their hand. They can choose to hit (take another card), stand (keep their current hand), double down (double their bet and take one more card) or split (if they have two cards of the same value they can split them into two separate hands).
Once all players have had their turn the dealer will reveal their hole card. If they have a hand total of 16 or less they must hit, if they have a hand total of 17 or more they must stand.
If the dealer goes over 21 this is known as a bust and all players still in the hand will win. If the dealer does not bust then the player’s hands will be compared to the dealers.
If the player has a higher hand total they will win, if the dealer has a higher hand total they will win, and if the hands are tied it is known as a push and no money changes hands.
If you want to win at blackjack you need to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. The best way to do this is by familiarizing yourself with basic blackjack strategy.
This will tell you when you should hit, stand, double down or split based on your hand total and the dealers up card.