The object of the game of blackjack is fairly simple. It’s all about having better cards than the dealer without going over the amount of 21 when summed up. If the dealer has a higher hand or the sum of your cards is over 21, you lose.
The cards of the other player at the table are of no concern to you. It will only be given much importance if you are counting for strategy.
You will be first given two cards at the start of the game. It will be your option based on the sum of your cards to either hit or stand. Hit means to get another card while stand means to stay put with what you have. You can hit as many times as you want until you see the sum fit already, or till your cards have become bust or over 21.
You will have that personal gut feel with you as well. This is because one of the dealer’s cards will be open. There are some casinos that state once the dealer has reached the amount totaling to 17, the dealer can not hit any more.
The values of the cards are the following. The value of card 2 to 9 is the same as what is indicated. The Ace can be either one or eleven. The card 10 and the faces have a value of 10. A blackjack is a card combination of an ace and any card that has a value of 10. A blackjack can beat 3 card combinations amounting to 21.
Since an ace can either represent one or eleven, it also gives players the possibility of having a soft or hard hand, depending on how it’s used.
A soft hand is a card combination where an ace could either be used as 1 or 11. For instance you have cards of 7 and an ace. It could either be 8 or 18. An ace is good because it reduces the chances you have of busting.
A hard hand or a stiff hand is one in which you won’t have the opportunity to use the ace as 1 or 11. For instance you have first drawn out cards 8 and 6. After requesting to hit, you got an ace. You would not be able to use the card as 11 because it would bust you.
Blackjack is a fun and fast paced game. So always remember to have that buffer line of money you want wagered followed strictly.