Blackjack Card Values

One of the most important things to understand about the game of Blackjack is how the value of the cards plays into the game. All of the cards from two through nine are worth their face value, the 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth ten while the Ace can be either one or eleven depending on the preference of the player or dealer. These are the values you use when you count you hand to see how close you are to the number twenty one.

The suites of the cards have no bearing on the game whatsoever. The Ace does not have to be a set value throughout the game but you can count it depending on whether the number one or number eleven will give you the best hand. The only rule of the game when it comes to Aces is you must notify the dealer which value you are using for that hand.

Dealing of the Cards

After all bets have been placed the dealer passes the cards around the table two times so each player has two cards. He begins on his left and gives each player two cards. One of the cards is placed face up and each player is only allowed to touch the cards with one hand. In the live version the cards are placed on the table face down and as each new card is passed around they must be kept over the table and not placed in your hand with the other cards.

In the European version of the game only one card is placed on the table until all players have had their turn. There is no change in the rules even in this version—players must still come as close to 21 as possible without going over. This is then compared to what the dealer holds in his hand to determine if you are a winner.

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