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The main aim in blackjack, which is a game that is only ever played against the dealer, is to try and reach as close to 21 as possible. There may be other players around the table, but you only have to beat the dealer’s hand. To begin with, each player (including the dealer) will be dealt two cards. It is possible to achieve the best hand with those first two cards, which is known as having a ‘Natural Blackjack’. This happens when those first two cards are for example an Ace and a Jack (10 + 11 = 21).

Each card is worth its face value, so a 2 is worth 2 points, a 3 is worth 3 points and so on. However, a King, Queen or Jack is worth ten points and the Ace can be worth either 1 point or 11 points. This is how it is possible to have 21 with those first two cards. If the dealer happens to be dealt a similar hand, the game will end in a tie (which is called a push) and you will neither win nor lose. You will receive your stake back so that a new hand can begin.

One of the dealer’s cards will always be dealt face up, which makes decision making a lot easier. Also, the dealer generally has to stand on 17, which means once the dealers hand has reached 17 points he or she can no longer take any more cards. When you decide to take another card to try and improve your hand, this move is called ‘Hit’. If you decide not to take any more cards, this move is called ‘Stand’. You may also be given other options such as Split, Double and Insurance.

Winning a hand means that you will double your money. So if you put $5 on one hand and you win, you should receive $10 back (your initial stake plus your winnings). However, if you win with a natural blackjack when placing a $5 bet, you full winnings will amount to $12.50 because blackjack usually pays 3:2.

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