How To Play Blackjack

How To Play Blackjack

In Blackjack, someone must be the dealer for each hand. Everyone else is a player. One person can be the dealer throughout the game, or the players can take turns. The dealer gives everyone, including himself, a card face down. Then he gives everyone a second card face up.

Each player looks at his face-down card and adds its value to that of his face-up card to determine the total value of the hand. The value of a card is equal to the number on the card. All face cards are worth ten. Aces can be worth either one or eleven, depending on which value is advantageous to the player.

Starting with the person to the dealer’s left, each player tries to make the best hand possible by getting close to 21 points. A player whose score is far below 21 can ask the dealer for another card by saying “hit”. The player is then dealt a card face up. The player can keep adding cards until he thinks he has a good hand. If an added card increases the value of his hand to over 21, the player is “Bust” and can no longer be considered a winner on that hand. When the player reaches a number that he is confident is close enough to 21, he says “Stand” to tell the dealer that he does not need any more cards.

Any player who busts the dealer is a winner, regardless of what the other players have. After all players are either “busted” or satisfied with their hand, the dealer reveals his face-down card. The dealer must abide by certain rules. 1) The dealer must hit if he has 16 or less points in his hand, and 2) the dealer must stand if he reaches 17 or more points. If the dealer “busts”, all remaining players (who did not “bust” on their turn) are winners. If the dealer stands at a certain number, such as 18, all players with better hands win, all players with lower hands lose, and players with 18 tie or “knock”.

Fun without money
There are endless ways to make this game interesting without betting money. Set a number of hands or a time limit and see who wins the most hands. Play with candy as chips and kids will learn the simple strategies of risk versus reward.

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