Blackjack is often played with what is known as a “shoe”, comprised of several decks of cards mixed together. However, this is optional, and used primarily to save time reshuffling. Jokers should be removed when playing. As with poker, chips will be required when playing blackjack.
Before a hand is dealt, the receiving player must bet a sum on it; the minimum and maximum amounts will have been decided beforehand, with the maximum being somewhere from ten to twenty times the minimum.
When the hands are dealt, all players, including the dealer, will be given two cards each. All of the cards are face-up, except one of the dealer’s cards, known as the “hole”.
If a player’s hand has an ace (worth 1 or 11 points, depending on the player’s choice) and a court card (all worth ten points), this is a “blackjack” and the player wins one and a half times their bet.
A player who does not get a blackjack can choose to “stand”, keeping the hand; or to “hit”, drawing additional cards from the deck. If a player’s hand ends up with a score of over 21, they lose and the dealer takes their bet.
After the players have acted, the dealer turns over the hole; if the dealer is bust, then the players win.