Cards two through ten are counted at its face value as the suit of the card means nothing to the game. Ace’s are counted as either one or eleven, depending on the individuals preference. A hard hand is when the individual has a hand without an ace. It’s called this because it’s value cannot change. A soft hand is when the individual has an ace, giving him or her the opportunity to change the value of their hand as they see fit.

The value of the player’s hand changes with each card they are dealt with when they request a “hit”, which means to draw another card. This is done until the individual feels comfortable with their hand, trying to get as close to 21 as they can without going bust. If either the player or the dealer get dealt an ace and a ten (or a face card) it is called blackjack. If the player opposite of the dealer gets a blackjack, they will be paid 3 to 2 for their bet providing the dealer does not get one at the same time. If the dealer gets one too, the game is then a push. If the dealer is the only one that draws it however they will win the game and all the other players lose.

When the player has become more advanced, he or she can look into situations within a hand where its appropriate to either “double down” or “split”. When a player double’s down, they are doubling their bet while only taking one draw card. When someone splits, the player plays two cards of the same value into separate hands with both hands receiving a bet.

For beginners it’s highly recommended to get more familiar with the game and playing some free games before hitting the (online) casino and playing for money. There are a lot of free practice games to be found on the net, as well as on mobile platforms. Mobile games might be your best option since you’ll be able to practice whenever and wherever you like. There are quite some blackjack games available for devices such as Apple’s iPad as well as on the Android platform. Ever since mobile sports betting has taken off, the whole gambling market seems to accelerate on mobile markets. Play some games, get familiar with the game and its rules and start thinking about how to make some profit by playing blackjack.