The game begins with the players (in no particular order) placing their bet or wager on the hand of Blackjack about to be dealt. The amount of wager is up to the player but there are always limits governing the minimum and maximum amounts that can be wagered on any single hand. Should a player not place a bet, they would not be dealt any cards.

Dealing begins with the dealer placing one card at a time on the table starting with the player directly to the left of the dealer. Each player is dealt a single card face up including the dealer. A second round is then completed with the exception of the dealers second card, which is dealt face-down. At this point, all players including the dealer will have two cards and and the value of the players hand can now be calculated. This value will never exceed 21 and should the hand consist of a 10 and a picture card (Jack, Queen, King) totalling 21, the player has Blackjack and will be paid 1.5 times the original bet by the dealer (as well as retaining the original bet) and will play no further part in that hand.

Should the players hand total less than 21, the dealer – starting to the left – will ask the player if they would like another card. The view obviously to obtain a score as close to 21 as possible. However the risk now exists that should a player draw a third card, the hand might add up to more than 21 and the player would lose the round and the original wager. Technically bust.

If the player would like another card, this would be indicated by saying ‘hit’ to the dealer. Should the player not want another card, they would then ‘stand’. The decision whether or not to draw an additional card would be determined by a combination of the value of the existing cards and by the potential hand the dealer holds. Remember, the players can only see one of the dealers cards and therefore need to work on an assumption of what the other card might be.

The player will then continue to draw cards until he or she is happy with the hand or has gone bust. The turn will then pass to the left of the player. This will continue until the last player has completed their turn.

At this point in time there may or may not be any players left in the game. Should all the players have fallen out of the game (either via scoring a Blackjack or going bust) the dealer will not reveal their second card and all the card will be collected and the next round of the game will begin.

Should there still be one or more players in the game, the dealer will then reveal their second card and depending on the value of the dealers cards, he or she will proceed in a similar fashion as the players had to try and either match or beat the value of the cards held by the individual players. The dealer will use their discretion to determine whether or not they will draw another card or if they’ll stand.

There are two exceptions to this rule; the fist being the dealer having a score of 16 or less, in which case they will be forced to draw another card. Should the dealer end up on 17, they will be forced to stand in that position and may not draw another card. At this point, any players with a score higher than the dealer will double their money (i.e. get paid an equivalent amount to their original bet).