What Are the Values of the Cards in Blackjack?

The Ace is worth 1 or 11, the cards 2-9 are worth their pip value, and the 10, Jack, Queen and King (also known as “face cards”) are each worth 10. An Ace can be counted as either 1 or 11, whichever gets the player closer to 21 without going over.

The basic premise of blackjack is to get a hand value that is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, without going over 21 (“busting”). In blackjack, each card has a certain value.

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The Ace is worth 1 or 11 points, the cards 2 through 9 have their pip values (2 through 9), and the 10, Jack, Queen and King (also known as “face cards”) each count as 10 points. The suits of the cards have no meaning in blackjack.

When blackjack is played, there are typically 4-8 decks of 52 cards in play at any given time. The number of decks in play will affect the house edge; the more decks in play, the higher the house edge will be.

PRO TIP:In Blackjack, all face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) are worth 10 points. Aces are worth either 1 or 11 and all other cards are worth their face value.

The house edge is basically the percentage of each bet that the casino expects to keep over the long run; for example, if a game has a house edge of 5%, that means that for every $100 bet that is made, the casino can expect to keep $5.

The values of the cards in blackjack are therefore:

Ace: 1 or 11 points

2 through 9: Pip values (2 through 9)

10, Jack, Queen, King: 10 points each.