What Are the Card Rankings in Blackjack?

In blackjack, the ace is worth 1 or 11, the 2 through 9 are worth their face value, and the 10, jack, queen and king (also known as a “blackjack”) are all worth 10. The suits of the cards have no meaning in blackjack.

The order of the cards from highest to Lowest is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.

There are a few different ways that blackjack can be played. In most cases, the aim of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over (busting). If the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, then the player wins.

If the dealer’s hand is closer to 21 than the player’s hand, then the player loses. If both the player and dealer have hands with a value of 21 (a “push” or “stand-off”), then neither player nor dealer wins or loses.

Some blackjack games use different rules for ranking hands. For example, in “Spanish 21” blackjack, all of the tens are removed from the deck so that there are only 48 cards remaining (rather than 52).

This means that players can only bust by taking an ace or a card worth 1 point. In this variant of blackjack, a natural blackjack (an ace and any card worth 10 points) still pays 3-2 odds.