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The object of blackjack is to get the total value of your cards as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you manage a total higher than the dealers, you win. Numbered cards are worth their face value. Face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) are each worth 10. Aces are worth either 1 or 11, whichever is better for your hand at the time.


If the total value of your cards goes over 21, you’ve “busted”, which means you lose automatically. If your hand is not a busting hand, but the dealer’s hand busts and you win, regardless of how low your total is. If neither your nor the dealer’s total exceeds 21, then the higher total wins. In the event of a tie, no one wins and no one loses. A tie is called a “push”.


You start the game by placing a bet in the square (or circle, or other shape) that lies in front of your seat. The dealer will deal two cards to you and each other player at the table, and one to themselves. More often than not these cards are dealt face-up. The dealer proceeds to give himself a second card face down. This is called the hole card.


Now you have to make your second decision (the first was the amount of your wager): do you take another card (hit) or hold onto the cards you’ve already got (stand)? If you hit, the dealer gives you another card and asks again if you want to hit or stand. You keep hitting until you are satisfied with your total or you bust. The dealer must keep taking cards until he has 17 or more. This rule varies per table, but this is one that’s usually printed on …

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