Blackjack is the most popular casino
card game. The purpose of the game is to get a hand as close to
21 as possible without going over. A hand with a value over 21 is
called a "bust," and it is an automatic loser. Your opponent
in blackjack is the dealer, and in order to win, you must beat the dealer's
hand. So whatever hand you get must be less than 21, but still higher
than what the dealer has. The dealer must "hit" or accept another
card on 16 and "stay" on 17.
Blackjack is achieved when two cards
total 21 ( an "Ace" and any other "10 value" card) and is the highest
possible hand. If the dealer also has "Blackjack" it is regarded
as a tie or "push" and no one wins or loses.
Blackjack is a 2 card 21, and the payoff is 2 to 1 on your original
All ties between a Player and the Dealer PUSH (no one wins, no one
You do not win or lose.
A third card is not drawn.
You may leave your bet for the next hand, increase it, or remove
BLACKJACK vs. PLAYER BLACKJACK
This is considered a PUSH.
The Player does not win or lose his bet.
A Player may Double Down on his hand.
When Doubling Down the Player must match his original bet, and is
then dealt only one additional card.
The optimum hands for Doubling Down are 9, 10 or 11.
A Player may Split his hand if his two cards are of the same numerical
The Player then matches his original bet and plays his cards as
A Player may Split his hand more than once if he is once again dealt
a card of the same numerical value.
Aces are considered extremely valuable cards and may be Split only
Because they are so valuable, Players are dealt only one additional
card per Ace.
When Aces are Split and a Player is dealt a face card or a ten,
the hand is considered 21 - not Blackjack - and the payoff is 1
DOWN AFTER SPLIT
A Player may Double Down after Splitting his cards.
When the fifth card dealt to a Player brings the total of his cards
to 21 or less, the Player automatically wins the hand (no matter
what the Dealer's hand totals).
The payoff for a Five Card Charlie is 2 to 1.