The objective in
blackjack is to have a hand which totals 21, or beats the dealer's hand by
coming as close to 21 as possible without going over, or "busting." If your
first two cards are an ace and a ten, that's blackjack or "a natural" 21!
Blackjack always beats a hand that totals 21 by adding the values of more than
the first two cards.
A picture card is counted as 10, a card from 2-10 is
counted at its face value, and an ace can be counted as either 1 or 11. A "hard
hand" is a hand that does not contain an ace or contains an ace that can only be
counted as 1 so as not to bust. A dealer's ace always counts as
Give player another card!
Give player ONLY one more card, and double
Make two hands out of player's pair of cards with
the same value. Player's initial wager will be placed on one hand, and a second
wager of equal value will be placed on the second hand. However, if you split
two aces, you get only one additional card for each hand. If you split two aces
and one of your hands totals 21, this is not considered blackjack, but 21. You
cannot split a split hand.
If the dealer's upcard is an
ace, player will be given the option of placing a side-bet, called insurance.
When the dealer shows an ace, he is considered to have a good chance of having
blackjack. If the dealer does have blackjack, the insurance pays 2 to 1,
corresponding to the amount of your initial bet. If you have bought insurance,
and the dealer does not have blackjack, you lose your insurance. Your initial
bet is then settled by comparing your cards with the dealer's. Should you and
the dealer both have blackjack, the game results in a push.
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