Numbered cards – face value
Face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) – 10
Aces – 1 or 11, whatever benefits you more
How to play
You must place your bet first. The dealer then deals two cards to you and one to himself. The dealer deals himself a second card that’s facedown. At that point, you need to decide if you will get a hit, take another card, or pass to the dealer.
If your choice is to take a hit, the dealer gives you another card and asks whether you want to hit or stand.
Your odds are good if you hit on a total of 12 to 16 when the dealer’s face up card is greater than seven. It’s a good idea to stand if your cards total 17 or more. You lose the game if your cards exceed 21 points. There is no winner or loser in a tie.
You win if the dealer busts and your total is less than or equal to 21. The higher hand wins if neither you nor the dealer is over 21. You win even money if you better the dealer.
Doubling your original bet means you’re doubling down. This can happen after you receive your first two cards. If you choose this method, you’ll only receive one more card from the dealer and the dealer will draw the cards he needs to finish his hand.
You’re allowed to split your first two cards when they are of the same value, like a pair of fives.
In order to do this, you must make another bet equal to your original bet. Then, you’re allowed to play them as separate hands.
You can only get one more card on each hand when you split Aces, and getting 21 is not considered blackjack.
You achieve blackjack when the first two cards dealt to you or the dealer are an Ace and a card worth 10. Payoffs for blackjack are three to two.
In some casinos, you’ll be given the option of insurance when the dealer’s face -up card is an Ace. This will cost half your original bet. Your insurance bet pays two to one if the dealer gets blackjack, equaling what you lost on the original bet.