# How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack is a game of counting cards, and the goal is to have a hand with value of twenty-one (21) or as close as possible to 21, without going over or busting. A player will win if he has a hand which is nearer to 21 than the dealer’s or if the dealer’s hand bust before the player’s. Blackjack is played with standard playing cards, in which the cards 2 – 10 are worth its value, Ace is worth 11 or 1, depending on which value is best for the hand, and the other cards jack, queen, and king having a value of 10.

In this game, it does not really makes any difference as to which cards make up other player’s hand because here one is playing against the dealer and not other players around the table.

Now, here are the basic blackjack rules in short. In this game, a player could draw as many cards as he wishes until his hand stands or busts. Busting results in a player losing his hand, even if the dealer also goes busts afterwards.

Actually, this is the biggest house advantage the casino has in blackjack. A player can also lose if his hand is less than the dealer’s, with each hand not busting.
Besides that, if the player’s hand is equals to the dealer’s value – 21 or lesser – then it is called a ‘push’, and in such event, no money is being won or lost.

In Blackjack, if the initial two cards that dealt to the player or the dealer equals exactly twenty-one (for example, an ace and a 10-card), then it is called a blackjack.
But, such a possibility doesn’t happening in blackjack if the player already split the hand.

Further, a blackjack hand beats any other combination of hands that equals 21, and it pushes with another blackjack. If a player has a blackjack hand, then the dealer has to pay him1.5 times his original bet. For example, if the player bets \$100, then the dealer pays him \$150.

The dealer starts the game with dealing two cards to each of the players, and himself. One of the cards is dealt face up, and the other face down. The player’s cards will be dealt either all face up or face down.
It doesn’t matter if the players could see the cards of each others hand since as mentioned previously, the game is between the players and the dealer, and not between the players themselves.