The Object of the Game
To beat the dealer's hand without exceeding a count of 21 in order to win as much money from the dealer (the casino) as you can.
If your cards total 16 or 15- stand if the dealers face card is a 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2
If your card is anything else then you should hit until your total is 17 or higher
What if your total is only 12?
You should stand if the dealers first card was a 4, 5 or 6. But if the dealers first card is a 2 or 3, take a hit and stop at a total of 13 or more.
When the dealers first card is a 7 or higher (including Ace) take cards until your total is 17 or more.
The total of the cards in your hand are displayed beside the hand. This is appropriate since in a real casino the dealer will usually call out the total of the players hand. This is the important part of the hand. Remember that the object of the game is to "beat the dealer" even it means letting the dealer bust. A bust occurs when the value of cards in your hand exceeds 21. The dealer must play by specific rules, primarily the dealer must stand on a value of 17 or greater. That is, if the dealer has less than 17 he must take another card. The most common card in the deck is a 10 (Ten, Jack, Queen or King) therefore by looking
at the dealer's up card you can make a good guess about the value of their hand. If the up card is a 7 then you can safely assume that the down card is a ten so the value of their hand has a good probability of being 17. This is called Basic Strategy and is a way of enjoying a game of blackjack without losing your shirt.
"Always assume the down card is a ten."
By playing according to this simple rule you can usually break even and sometimes come out ahead. Most casinos will supply blackjack cheat cards that you can refer to at the table to assist you in your game.
Strategy- Odds of Busting
What are the chances of the dealer busting when their first card up is an:
The odds of the dealer busting are greatest when their face card is a five or six. For other face cards your odds are best for standing when your cards total 17 or more. When your first two cards total 17 or more, always stand. On a total of 16 you will bust more often than when your hand total is less.
There are also similar cards for Doubling Down and Splitting. as well as versions for soft hands. Soft hands are hands that contain at least one Ace. An Ace can have a value of 1 or 11, you decide based on the other cards in your hand.