How to play Blackjack

Blackjack is arguably the most popular casino card game played in casinos around the world.



The aim of the game of Blackjack is to draw cards totalling closer to 21 than those in the Dealer’s hand – without exceeding 21. Picture cards (Jack, Queen, King) each count as 10.

An Ace can count as 1 or 11. All number cards have their face value.


All cards in Blackjack are dealt face up so that you can see the point value of the Player’s and Dealer’s hands. A rst card is dealt to each of the Players, and then finally to the Dealer. A second card is then dealt to the Players and the Dealer. The Dealer will call out the value of all hands.


You may not handle, remove or alter any cards used in the game of Blackjack. Although the dealer will call out the card totals, it is your responsibility to also check your point totals are correct.


You may stand on the two original cards in your hand, or draw additional cards to improve your total. If you bust (go over 21) you lose. If you are happy with your hand, tell the Dealer ‘No more cards’.

When all Players have completed their hands, the Dealer draws additional cards. The Dealer must draw on 16 or less, and stand on 17 or more.

If your hand totals closer to 21 than the Dealer’s, you win, and are paid even money. If your hand is lower than the Dealer’s, you lose. If the Dealer busts, all remaining hands are paid even money, except a Blackjack which is paid 3:2.

If you and the Dealer both have Blackjack, or the same card total, it is considered a draw or stand off – you neither win nor lose.


If your two cards are a pair you can ‘split’ your hand into two hands by placing the same stake on your box as your original bet. Split Aces receive only one card each.


You may double your original bet after receiving your first two cards, but you will only be allowed one more card. You may also ‘double down’ after ‘splitting pairs’.

Bet with your head, not over it.