Your next move at the Blackjack table is to place a wager in the betting area, which is usually a circle or square.
After all, you know the goal -- the total of your hand must be higher than the Dealer's without going over 21. The Basics As with all casino table games, don't forget to check the minimum bet at the table.
Although there are several variations and strategies of Blackjack, we'll stick with the absolute basics here.
If you happen to place the wager in the wrong area, don't worry, the Dealer will let you know.
Next, Players and the Dealer are dealt two cards each.
One of the Dealer's cards faces up and the other faces down. If you're at a table that deals your cards face down, you may pick them up, but only use one hand.
Most casinos are moving toward dealing the Player's cards face up. The cards in Blackjack hold their face value, with the face cards equaling 10 and an Ace is considered a 1 or 11, whichever is more advantageous to your hand.
Once all cards have been dealt, the Dealer will look to the first Player to his left and move to each subsequent Player for a decision to take an additional card (hit) or accept the hand (stand).
We will assume that you're sitting at a table where the cards have been dealt face up.
If a Player decides to hit, he will scratch his finger on the tabletop and the Dealer will dispense another card.
The Player may take as many additional cards as he requests until he either feels as if he may beat the Dealer's hand or he goes over 21.
If the hand exceeds 21, the Player automatically loses (busts).