Blackjack Rules

Learn the Rules of Blackjack

Blackjack is a very popular and fun casino game where the Players play against the Dealer. Wagers are placed on their betting positions on the table. When betting is completed, the Dealer gives each Player two cards face up. The Dealer also receives two cards; one face up and the other face down. The object is to have your cards equal or be as close to 21 as possible and beat the Dealer’s hand, without going over (busting).

All tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings are valued at ten. Aces count as either one or eleven. All other cards play at their face value. If you receive an Ace and a ten, Jack, Queen or King as your first two cards, you have “Blackjack” and win one and a half times your bet. If the Dealer also has Blackjack, it is a standoff (push) and no one wins, the Player’s bet is returned.

If after the first two cards are dealt and the total of your cards is less than 21, the Player can draw as many cards as needed to get to 21 without going over (busting). Once the Player is satisfied with their hand total, the Player signals to “stand” and awaits the outcome of the Dealer’s hand.

The Dealer must draw cards according to the following rule: Dealer will draw on 16 and stand on all 17’s. This rule simply means that the Dealer will take a card on anything less than a 17. In the end, if your hand total is higher than that of the Dealer, you win! If the Dealer’s hand exceeds 21 and your hand exceeds and your hand is lower, you win.

Blackjack Terms & Definitions

Doubling Down

  • If on the first two cards, you feel you can win with only one more card, you may place a wager up to the amount of your original beside your bet. This indicates to the dealer that you are doubling down and you only get one more card.

Splitting Pairs

  • An option you have with two original cards of the same value (3’s, 6’s, etc.). You can split the two cards and play each hand individually. You must bet the same amount as your original wager n the split hand. If your nest card is of equal value to the first pair, you may split again. This may be done to a total of four hands except for Aces. Aces receive only one card and may be split only once. You may also “double down” on the first two cards of each hand after the split, except when splitting Aces.


  • If the Dealer’s “up card” is an Ace, you may take insurance, which is a bet up to one-half of your original wager. Basically, you’re betting that the Dealer has a ten-value card in the “hole” (Dealer’s face down card) making Blackjack. All winning insurance wagers pay 2 to 1.


  • A standoff between you and the Dealer. Neither hand wins.

Hand Signals

  • Non-verbal communication between you and the Dealer to indicate “hit” or “stand”. Ask your dealer for the proper signals.