How to Play Blackjack for Beginners


The object is to have a hand with a total value higher than the dealer’s without going over 21. Kings, Queens, Jacks and Tens are worth a value of 10.

Some hands, such as 16 vs. dealer's 10, are so bad that surrender is less costly than playing the hand. a system for improving the player's edge by assigning "weights" to each card face and summing the card weights as each new card is turned face up. The "count" indicates when the game is favorable for the player, so that the player can place larger bets and/or make changes in playing strategy. INSURANCE - If the dealer's up card is an ace, the player may take insurance, a bet not exceeding one-half his original bet.

It is quite unusual to find playing conditions that allow the player to get more than a 2% edge against the house, even against single deck games. The player's edge against multi-deck games is generally less than 1%.
the option to give back the player's first two cards in exchange for a refund of 1/2 of the original bet (rarely allowed).

Once all the initial wagers are in, the dealer will begin passing out cards in a clockwise fashion. Every player at the table, including the dealer, will receive a single card dealt face down before a second round of cards are dealt, this time face up. At this point players will have a number of options for how to proceed. Blackjack is a relatively fast-paced game that is broken up into individual rounds. At the beginning of each round, players are asked to place a bet.

If the dealer's down card is a 10 or any face card, the player wins 2 to 1.

HIT or STAND - Hit means to draw another card (which the player signifies by scraping the table with his cards or a similar hand motion). Once all players have taken their turn the dealer draws another card for their hand.
If the dealer’s cards total 16 or less, they must draw until they reach 17 or more. Blackjack is an incredibly popular, exciting and easy card game to play.

Depending on the table, there are both minimum and maximum bets that can be made at this point. In certain versions of blackjack, players may surrender or yield a poor hand on their first two cards, rather than play against a potentially superior hand. Surrendered hands return ½ of the wager to the player.

If a player’s hand warrants, they may opt to double their current bet and receive one additional card. This option is only offered on the first two cards, and in some cases on the first two cards after splitting.

In Atlantic City, where games of skill are not permitted, the casinos are not allowed to ban skillful players. In Nevada, casinos are allowed to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason. Players are routinely "barred", usually by being asked to leave or by being told that they are welcome to play any game other than blackjack. If you are barred but persist in trying to play, the casino can have you arrested for trespassing.


An additional option, "double down", allows you to double your bet on your first two cards. This is common practice if you have a good hand that cannot be busted and the dealer has a bad hand. - - © 2017