Beat the dealer’s hand without crossing the 21. If you get 21 points directly, that’s called blackjack.

Card values: Cards 2-10 have their respective numbers on the front of the card (2-10). Face cards are worth 10, with the exception of the ace, which is worth 1 or 11. A picture combined with an ace is a blackjack (value 21).

When you play against the house, the dealer first gives each player a face down card and then the house to the dealer.

The dealer then shares, from left to right, one card each, which is revealed in front of each player, including the dealer himself. After the first deal, the blackjack rules state that the dealer asks each player in turn if he needs one or more cards.

As a player, you may ask for one or more cards – a so-called “hit” – until you reach a total of over 21, or you think you have the best possible hand. Once you have all the cards you need, you can say “Stand,” meaning you tell the dealer that you do not want any more cards. Each subsequent player then decides whether to draw more cards (“Hit”) or not to draw any cards (“Stand”).

After all players have completed their hands or are covered, the dealer shows his hand. Depending on the cards in the dealer’s hand, the blackjack rules of the house for dealers determine whether the dealer draws more cards or not.

Once the final hand of the dealer is determined, all players who have not covered compare their points with the dealer’s hand. Those who beat the dealer win while the rest lose, unless there is a draw, which is called a push. A push is also called a “no action” and the player gets his bet back.

In blackjack, the goal of the game is to beat the dealer without exceeding 21 points in the hand.

If the dealer deals you two cards with the same blackjack card value, you can split them into two separate hands by placing another bet equal to your original bet.

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