One of the great things about Blackjack is how simple it is to play. The game is built upon a very simple concept. You need to build a hand of cards that is as close to 21 in value as possible but without exceeding 21, which is called going bust. At the end of a round, as long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is, then you have won.In Blackjack the numbered cards (2 to 10) are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and the Aces are worth 1 or 11. Thanks to this, it is possible to put together a hand of 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card. This is known as Blackjack, it is the strongest possible hand and in nearly every version of the game, it beats all other hands including those that are equal 21 but are made up of more cards.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet, there are some games that will allow you to play multiple hands simultaneously, in which case you need to place a bet for each individual hand. You will then receive two face-up cards to each hand and at the same time, the dealer will receive one face-up card and one face down. You will then be given a number of different options for each hand. The most basic of them are Hit and Stand. If you choose Hit then another card will be dealt to your hand and you can keep repeating this process as long as you have not gone bust. If you choose Stand then your hand remains as it is and play moves on to your next hand or the dealer. In most versions of the game, the dealer will always draw more cards until his hand is worth at least 17.
However, in many games and situations there will be more options. The most common of these is Double Down. If you chose Double Down then your bet will be doubled, you will be dealt one more card to your hand, and then play moves on to the next hand/dealer. After Doubling Down you cannot draw more cards to your hand. In most versions of Blackjack, if your first two cards have the same value then you can split them into two hands and play them as individual hands. If you choose to Split then it will double your bet, but you will have double the chances of winning.
Another common option is Insurance. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer goes on to have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1, ensuring that you do not lose money on that hand.In the vast majority of Blackjack games, winning hands are paid at 2:1 except for Blackjack, which is paid out at the more generous 3:2. If both you and the dealer have the same value hand then the bet is returned as a push.