At the beginning of the game, the dealer deals you a two-card hand (face up), and one card to himself. If your hand is not yet close enough to 21, you can take additional cards (tap your fingers on the table), but be careful not to go bust (wave your hand horizontally if you do not want additional cards). You must draw until your total is 11. Although Black Jack is a fairly simple game, it doesn't hurt to know more about it. Read more about Black Jack!
Useful info for inquisitive players. What to do if …
- Your first two cards are an ace and a 10 (or a face card). Congratulations! You have a Black Jack and are paid 3: 2! But if the dealer also has one, it is a tie and you get your bet back.
- The dealer’s first card is an ace (possible Black Jack). You can take insurance by placing another bet on the insurance line (at least 1/2 of table minimum and not more than 1/2 of your initial bet). And then what? If the dealer has a Black Jack, you lose your initial bet, but win double the amount of your insurance. If the dealer does not have a Black Jack, you lose your insurance and win or lose your initial bet – depending on who is closer to 21.
- The dealer’s first card is an ace, 10 or face card (possible Black Jack), while you have a Black Jack. You can request that the that the dealer pay your initial bet 1: 1.
- Your first two cards are of equal value (e.g. two 8s or jack & queen). You can split them (you have to match your initial bet), which means that you are dealt additional cards for each of these two cards, until the total is as close as possible to 21 - this is basically ordinary Black Jack, except that two games are played instead of one. If you happen to be dealt another card of equal value (e.g. another 8 for two 8s), you can again split. An exception is when you are splitting two aces. In this case, you are entitled only to one additional card for each ace. If you have split two aces and then draw a 10 or vice versa (if you have split two 10s and then draw an ace), then this is not a Black Jack. It is only a 21, which is also an excellent hand.
- Your cards are good, while the dealer’s are not (and you feel lucky). You can double down your initial bet and you will be dealt one additional card (even after splitting cards).
What values do single cards have?
Aces count as 1 or 11 (you decide), face cards equal 10, other cards hold their face value.