Most blackjack games are played with the player and dealer each having two cards. The player’s cards are dealt face up, while the dealer’s cards are dealt face down.
The player can see both of his own cards and only one of the dealer’s cards.
The dealer will start with the player to his left and deal each player two cards face up. He will then deal himself two cards, one face up and one face down.
Once all the cards have been dealt, the player to the dealers left will start the game.
The object of blackjack is to get as close to 21 without going over. The player can hit (take another card), stand (keep his current hand), double down (double his bet and take one more card), split (divide his hand into two separate hands), or surrender (give up half his bet and end his hand).
If the player goes over 21, he “busts” and automatically loses his bet. If the dealer busts, all players who have not already busted will win their bets.
If the player has a higher total than the dealer, he wins his bet. If the player has a lower total than the dealer, he loses his bet.
If both the player and dealer have blackjack (a21), it is a “push” and nobody wins or loses their bet.
After all players have finished their hands, the dealer will play his hand according to set rules. Once the dealer has finished his hand, all players who have not busted will compare their totals to the dealers.
Players with a higher total than the dealer win their bets, players with a lower total lose their bets, and if there is a tie it is a “push” and nobody wins or loses their bet.