Firstly, we have to break it to you that you’ll be using a classic deck of cards. A traditional blackjack deck has 13 ranks, and each suite has one card per rank.
- The first card is the ace (A), worth either 1 or 11 points.
- The following cards of two (2) to ten (10/T) have their rank equals their point value.
- The last three cards are the Jack (J), Queen (Q), and King (K). These are called face cards, and each of them is worth 10 points.
No matter how many players are at the table, a typical blackjack game is only two hands. Yes, it’s only you versus the dealer.
The primary goal of blackjack is to collect cards with a total value more than the dealer without going over 21. Here are some fundamental decisions or terms you must know:
Stand – It means you will “stay” with the original two cards you are dealing with. And, you’ll not do anything else for this current hand-in-progress.
Hit – When you need to draw more cards.
Double-Down – When you have two cards whose total value can be a game-changer with just one good hit.
Split – When your original two cards are of the same value, and you want to “split” them into two separate hands. However, it would be best if you played them both for this round.
Blackjack – Also known as “The Natural,” this means you have a total hand value of “21”, composed of an Ace and a 10-value card.
Insurance – A side bet offered to you if the dealer also has a Natural or Blackjack.
Bust – When your total value of cards exceeds 21 after drawing additional cards. Push – When both you and the dealer possess the exact total value of cards.