The game of black jack is fairly simple and requires no long time training before entering the first game, but it is a common mistake that blackjack has no game strategy. The basic goal of blackjack is to have a value cards of 21 or as close as possible, without going over 21. The game is played against the dealer. Who ever get a card value as close to 21 but not over it, wins. The suits of the cards do not have any value in the game.
The value of a hand is only the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand. If a player is dealt with 2 cards that have a joint value of 21- that is a blackjack.
Blackjack Card Value
So we know that the goal is to reach 21, but which cards form this value?
- The Ace card is can be counted as either 1 or 11.
- The cards from 2 through 9 are counted as their value.
- 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued as 10.
The dealer gives each player two cards, starting with the first player on his left. From that point on the game is on. Each player has several actions he can perform on his turn:
- Surrender This action is optional only at the very beginning of the game before any other action has been performed. The players are given the option to fold at the cost of half their bet.
- Hitting/Standing Hitting or standing is asking the dealer for another card (hit) or staying with the ones you have (stand). This decision is not an easy one to make. Many players do not know when to stand and end up going over 21 while if they stood, they would have beaten the other hand (the dealer’s).
- Doubling Down when a player decides to double his bet and receive one additional card to his hand.
- Splitting Pairs When a player receives two matching pair of cards, he can split his hand into two hands.