Blackjack never goes out of style You can never go wrong with a classic. Blackjack is one of the most popular casino table games with more players than roulette, baccarat, and roulette combined. Blackjack rules: The object of the game is to have your cards total 21 or as near to 21 as possible without going over. Everyone plays against the dealer (the house), who begins the game by dealing each player two cards and the house one card face-up and one card face-down. Cards are counted at their face value. Kings, queens, and jacks count as 10. Aces count as 1 or 11. If the first two cards you are dealt total 21, you have a blackjack. Blackjack strategy: By seeing one of the dealer’s cards, you can make an educated guess of the eventual outcome of the dealer’s hand and play your cards accordingly. Always play as if the dealer’s facedown card is a 10. This is the most likely card since there are four 10-value cards. If you have a 16 and the dealer’s face-up card is a 7, you can make the estimation that the dealer has a total of 17. The dealer would stand on 17 to beat your 16, meaning you should hit. However, if the dealer’s face-up card is a 6 and you have a 16, the dealer would be more likely to bust on their next card, meaning you should stand. Blackjack tips: • You can split your cards if you are dealt two of the same value. Never split face cards, 10s, or 5s. If the dealer’s card is a 6 or below, split 6s and 7s. Always split 8s and aces if it is allowed. • “Doubling down” involves doubling your bet and receiving an additional card if you suspect you will beat the dealer by doing so. When choosing a table, consider tables with rule variations that help the player. • Choose games in which doubling after splits is allowed. Double downs after splitting pairs cuts the house average by .13%. Click for "How To" card.