How To Play Black Jack
In Blackjack, you are playing against the dealer. The object of the game is to come as close as you can to 21, without going over, and still beat the dealer. Remember, you don’t have to have 21 to win, all you have to do is beat the dealer.
All numbered cards count for face value. Jacks, Queens and Kings are 10 and the Aces are valued at either 1 or 11, whichever produces the best hand.
To begin play, the dealer will deal each player and himself two cards, one at a time, face down. The dealer will then turn one of his cards face up so its value is revealed. You may ask for another card ‘ called taking a hit ‘ by scratching, or pulling the edge of the card toward you. This will signal the dealer to give you another card. If this card causes your hand to total more than 21, you have busted and the dealer will take your bet. If you think your total is enough to beat the dealer, just tuck a corner of your cards under the money that you have bet. This indicates that you don’t want any more cards (you stand).
The dealer is required to draw a card if his total is less than 17 or if he has a soft 17. A soft 17 means that the dealer holds an Ace plus one or more cards adding up to a total of 7 (In this example, the Ace counts as 1).
Scoring is easy. If your total is 21 or less, and more than the dealer’s hand, you win. If the dealer’s hand is the same total as yours, it’s a stand-off or push, and you get your bet back. And, if you go over 21, you lose even if the dealer goes over 21.
That’s the basics. Remember, here at the Winners Hotel & Casino, your dealer is always happy to answer any questions you have.