Blackjack Rules

Blackjack Basics

The basic rule of blackjack is that the player must have the hand value nearer to 21 which should be more than the dealer. But the hand value should not be more than 21 also. You should not consider other players of the table. You have to play with the dealer's hand not with other players. The dealer has to strictly follow the rules written and the dealer does not have the right to make decisions. So dealer or other players can see your cards. The cards of the player have to be played by keeping the face up while playing a shoe game. If you are beginner, then you can ask questions freely to other players or the dealer.

Card Values

The values of the cards in a blackjack game are:

  • You can count the ace as 1or 11 which is explained in the paragraph below
  • You have to take the face value of card from 2 to 9
  • Ten is the value of the cards such as King, Queen, Jack and 10

There is no meaning for the suits of cards. The hand value is counted as the total points of each card of the hand. For instance, if your hand consists of cards with 7, 6, 8, then the total points will be 21. Count the Ace as 1 or 11and there is no need to specify the value of the Ace. Ace always has the value to form a best hand. For example, if you have a beginning hand with Ace, 6, then the hand will be 7 or 17. The hand will become 17 when you stop. Suppose you have drawn another card for the hand with Ace, 6, 3, then the total will be 20 and the ace can be counted as 11. If you have drawn a card of 8 instead of 3, then the hand will become Ace, 6, 8 which sums up to 15. In this case, you have to count the Ace as 1 for making the hand below 21.

How to deal with the cards

Once you have finished with all the bets, the cards will be distributed among the gamblers by the dealer. He will distribute the cards by making two passes beginning from his left so that all the players as well as the dealer will get two cards each. The dealer will expose the value of his card by flipping it. But in shoe games, the cards of the player will be kept up and they cannot touch their cards. If you are beginner, you can start with a shoe game as you don't have to handle the cards.

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