Blackjack is a card game, also known as twenty-one, which is popular all over the world. The main purpose of this game is to build a hand, with a value that is more than the dealer’s hand but without going over the total of 21. Essentially, you need to get a hand that is close to 21 as possible but without going over. If you do go over, you will bust and lose.

Value Of Cards In Blackjack

In the game of Blackjack, cards whose value is between 2 and 10 are worth their face value. Face cards, on the other hand, all hold a value of 10. An Ace has two values, depending on the other card in your hand, and can be worth either 1 or 11. The value that will benefit you the most along with your second card is the one you will choose.

How to play Blackjack - winning the game

To play Blackjack, you must first place a bet to receive your two cards. The dealer will also receive their two cards, but one will be placed facing up. If your hand totals to 21, then you’ve achieved a Blackjack and won. If the dealer has got 21, then you lose.

Your Hand In Blackjack

There are a number of options if you haven’t achieved blackjack. You can Hit to request an additional card or Stand if you think you have the best hand and require no extra cards. You can also Double Down, where you double your bet and receive an extra card. Lastly, you can Split if you have two cards of the same value, and will then play with two separate hands.

What Are Surrender And Insurance In Blackjack?

The options of Surrender and Insurance aren’t available in every Blackjack variant. Surrender is an option which entails surrendering half your bet, so if you think you are likely to lose, you can save half your money. If the dealer’s up-card is an Ace, you have the option to take out Insurance, which is half the value of your additional bet. This option becomes available if there is a strong possibility that the dealer might get a Blackjack.