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How the Game is Played
You and the Dealer each get two cards. Every card has a point value. You can draw more cards, but when you exceed a point total of 21, you lose.
The object of the game is to beat the dealer by 1) receiving an ace (11 points) and a 10-point-value card (which is 21 and the highest winning score, known as blackjack) as the first two cards, 2) getting closer to 21 than the dealer does, or 3) the dealer going over 21 points and you not.
If you and the Dealer end up with the same same total value hand, it is considered a push, or a standoff, and nobody wins.

Card Values
Any hand containing an ace is said to be a "soft hand". (Ace+5 = "Soft-16)

CardValue
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10face value
J-Q-K10
Ace11

Options (for the Player)
After your first two cards are dealt there are a variety of options for what to do next. (The Dealer has to follow different options.)

Hit
Getting an additional card. You can continue to receive cards as long as their total doesn't exceed 21. Scrap the cards lightly towards you, scratch or tap the table, or point at your cards to hit.

Stand
Not wanting another card (because of a satisfactory total). Slip the cards under the chips or hold your hand, palm down, over your cards to stand.

Split Pairs
After being dealt two cards of the same point value, to dividing them into two separate hands, which is a very good option for the player. You must put up an equal bet on the new split hand. You hit and stand each new hand as wanted. If you receive another card of the same value, you can to split this pair as well. Slitting Pairs usually is allowed up to a total of four hands.

Double Down
Making an additional wager (no higher than the original bet), and receive only one more card.

Insurance
In Blackjack one of the Dealer's first two cards always is dealt face up, so you can see it. If this card is an Ace, the Dealer could have a blackjack and you can make an additional side bet (equal to half of the original bet), which is won when the Dealer has a blackjack and pays 2:1. In this case your original bet is lost. If the Dealer doesn't have a blackjack, the insurance bet is lost and you go on playing with your original bet. The insurance bet has a 6% house-advantage over you, so it is a poor bet.

Surrender
Giving up and losing only half of the original bet. Only allowed when Dealer has a 9, 10, or ace showing. Early surrender is to give up before the Dealer looks at his second card. Late surrender is to give up after the Dealer looks at his second card. When the Dealer has an 10, or an ace showing, the chance of losing is greater than 75%, which makes it a good option for you.

Options (for the Dealer)
The Dealer does not really have any options, because he has to follow certain rules.specific round.

Dealer hits on 16, stands on 17

The Dealer must hit on any hand totaling 16 or less, and stand on any hand totaling 17 or higher. Some casinos require the Dealer to hit on a soft 17 (Ace+6), which is a disadvantage for the player.





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