Beat The Dealer. There are some
misconceptions about the objective of the game of blackjack but
at the simplest level all you are trying to do is beat the
How do you beat the dealer?
drawing a hand value that is higher than the dealer’s hand
the dealer drawing a hand value that goes over 21.
drawing a hand value of 21 on your first two cards, when the
dealer does not.
How do you lose to the dealer?
Your hand value exceeds 21.
The dealers hand has a greater value than yours at the end
of the round
It’s also important to note, the other players’
hands at the table have nothing to do with winning the game of
Blackjack like they do in
For all practical purposes, it’s just you against the dealer.
Unskilled patrons of the game will try to convince you “it’s a
team sport” but don’t be fooled.
How Do You Find a Hand’s Total
Blackjack is played with a conventional deck of 52 playing
cards and suits don’t matter.
2 through 10 count at face value,
i.e. a 2 counts as two, a 9 counts as nine.
cards (J,Q,K) count as 10.
can count as a 1 or an 11 depending on which value helps the
hand the most.
Blackjack is usually played on a
semicircular table that can accommodate varying numbers of
players. The most common tables accommodate 7 players (or seven
“spots”) but we’ve seen tables that only allow 5 players and
other tables that have 12 spots! The dealer stands behind the
table and chip rack and the players sit on the other side.
Blackjack games come with many rule
variations and different numbers of decks. The most common game
of blackjack is dealt out of a 6-deck or 8-deck “shoe” (a
plastic, card-dispensing device). Single and double deck games
are still alive and well but not all casinos that have blackjack
will have single and double deck so the “shoe games” are a
little more common. Our example will be the procedure for the
most common blackjack game played with 6 decks. Here is the
basic overview of a round of blackjack: