What is the objective of blackjack?
to have a hand value closer to 21 than the dealer, without exceeding 21
How is blackjack dealt?

counterclockwise from the dealer

first card down, second card face up

Players are given the option of taking any number of cards at once, starting at the left of the dealer and ending with the dealer.
Who is the "house" in blackjack?
the dealer
What is the value of the numbered cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) in blackjack?
face value (the number on the card)
What is the value of the face cards (jack, king, and queen) in blackjack?
each is worth 10
What values can aces have in blackjack?
either one or 11
What does it mean to "stand" in blackjack?
reaching a desirable hand value and choosing not to receive any further cards from the dealer
What does it mean to "hit" in blackjack?
choosing to receive another card from the dealer
What does "double down" mean in blackjack?

To double down means that you will double the initial bet and take exactly one more card

Usually only allowed after the first two cards are dealt

Only some casinos allow doubling after splitting

Some casinos only allow doubling down when the first two cards total 10 or 11
What does it mean to "split" in blackjack, and when is it allowed?

To split means to independently play two cards when two of the same card are dealt

Each card is then dealt another card

The bet is doubled (one for each "hand")
What is "insurance" in blackjack and how much is the maximum you can buy?

"Insurance" is a side bet that the dealer has blackjack

The maximum insurance bet is half of one's original wager
What does it mean to "surrender" in blackjack and how much of your original bet do you keep?

"Surrendering" is deciding not to play the hand you've been dealt

You may keep half your bet if you surrender

Not all casinos offer surrender as an option
What is the return on a regular winning hand in blackjack?

Each winner against the dealer usually doubles his initial bet (original wager plus 100%)

E.g., a win on a $500 wager returns the original wager plus $500 ($1,000)
What is the loss on a losing hand in blackjack?

The initial wager (leave with nothing)

E.g., a loss on a $500 wager returns nothing ($0)
What is tying the blackjack dealer's score called and what is the return?

It is called a "push"

The initial bet is returned

E.g., a push on a $500 wager returns $500
What is a "blackjack" and what is the return?

A "blackjack" is receiving a 10 or face card and an ace in the initial deal (for a value of 21)

Usually returns initial bet plus 1.5 times the initial bet

E.g., blackjack on a $500 wager returns the initial wager plus $750 ($1,250)

Some casinos offer a special return on the ace and jack of spades
What does tapping the table mean in blackjack?
a hit (requesting another card)
What does waving one hand above your cards (parallel to the table) mean in blackjack?
stand (choosing not to receive any more cards)
your hand is 9♦ 9♠
and dealer shows 4♥
split
your hand is A♦ 5♥
and dealer shows 7♠
double down if you can,
otherwise, hit
your hand is 3♣ 3♠
and dealer shows 9♥
hit
your hand is A♦ 8♥
and dealer shows 8♣
stand
your hand is A♠ 8♥
and dealer shows 6♦
double down if you can,
otherwise, stand
your hand is 10♦ 7♣
and dealer shows 9♥
stand
your hand is 5♦ 5♠
and dealer shows 2♥
double down if you can,
otherwise, hit
your hand is 3♠ 6♣
and dealer shows 7♦
hit
your hand is Queen♣ 3♦
and dealer shows 8♠
hit
your hand is 6♣ 6♠
and dealer shows 8♦
hit
your hand is A♠ 8♥
and dealer shows A♦
stand
your hand is 3♣ 7♠
and dealer shows 9♦
double down if you can,
otherwise, hit
your hand is 9♥ 4♠
and dealer shows 5♣
stand
your hand is 10♣ 4♥
and dealer shows 8♠
hit
your hand is A♣ 6♥
and dealer shows 5♠
double down if you can,
otherwise, hit
your hand is 7♣ 8♦
and dealer shows 9♠
hit
your hand is 7♠ 8♥
and dealer shows 3♣
stand
your hand is 4♥ 4♣
and dealer shows 2♠
hit
your hand is 2♠ 2♥
and dealer shows 7♣
split
your hand is 8♦ 4♠
and dealer shows 3♣
hit
your hand is A♠ 6♦
and dealer shows 8♣
hit
your hand is 5♣ 5♠
and dealer shows Jack♥
hit
your hand is Jack♣ 7♠
and dealer shows 6♥
stand
your hand is A♠ 4♣
and dealer shows 7♦
hit
your hand is A♣ 6♠
and dealer shows 10♥
hit
your hand is 7♦ 5♥
and dealer shows 8♣
hit
your hand is 3♦ 3♣
and dealer shows 2♥
split if you can double down after splitting
otherwise, hit