In Blackjack, the player (you) plays against the dealer
(the house), independently of other players. Your goal
is to draw cards ("hit") until your hand adds
up to 21, or comes as close as possible without exceeding
21. If your first two cards total 21, you have Blackjack.
Rules: Once a player (you) has bet, both the player and
the dealer are dealt two cards each. The player's cards
are dealt face up. The dealer's first card is dealt
face down. The Ace can be used as a 1 or 11 points.
Any card combined with an Ace, other than a card that
has a value of 10, is considered a "soft hand". Meaning
that if the player has 4 and an Ace, it would be considered
5 or soft 15. The King, Queen, Jack and Ten are 10 points
each; all other cards, are worth their face values.
If the players first two cards total 21, then it's a
natural Blackjack. Blackjack is the highest hand. If
you are dealt any two cards other than a Blackjack,
you may "stand" (refuse any further cards), or "hit"
(accept another card). A player who stands will not
receive additional cards. Cards are dealt until the
player stands or "busts" (exceeds 21). When you bust,
you immediately lose your bet regardless of the dealer's
hand result. After the player's final actions, the dealer
reveals the down card. If the dealer's hand is 16 or
less, the dealer must continue to "hit" until reaching
17 or more. The dealer must stand on soft 17 and cannot
take additional cards. If the dealer exceeds 21 ("bust"),
and the player has stood without busting, the player
wins. When the dealer stands on 17 or greater and has
a higher count than the player - the dealer wins; if
the player has the higher count - the player wins. If
the player and the dealer have the same totals, it's
a "push" (tie).