Blackjack players need to be familiar with all card values before they risk any real money on the game. The card values are quite easy to learn and this article will break it down into basics so that newcomers can learn the fundamentals.
- All number cards are valued at their face value.
- All face cards have a value of 10.
- The Ace may have a value of 1 or 11 depending on which value would benefit the player’s hand more.
The objective of the game is to obtain a hand that has a total value that is equal to or as close to 21 as possible without exceeding it.
Players are generally free to decide what their next move should be when playing blackjack, i.e. whether to double, hit or stand. The dealer however, has a fixed set of rules that dictate how they need to play the game.
The Ace in Blackjack
If the dealer is dealt an Ace as their first card then the player needs a hand with a value of at least 17 in order to stand a good chance of winning. If the player is dealt the Ace then they are looking at excellent odds, i.e. a 52% winning edge over the casino.
Number Cards 2 & 3 in Blackjack
When the dealer shows a 2 or 3 as their face up card then it is generally excellent news for the player. It should however, be noted that this does not guarantee a win for the player as these low cards can also help the dealer evade a bust.
Number Cards 4,5 &6 in Blackjack
If the dealer has been dealt a 4,5 or 6 then players can generally rest assured that the dealer may bust. This means that players should feel comfortable when choosing to stand on a hand with a lower value.
Number Cards 7,8 & 9 in Blackjack
Many card counting systems ignore these cards and consider them to be neutral.
Cards with a Value of 10 in Blackjack
Cards with a value of 10 are the most common cards in the deck. They are more valuable to the player than to the dealer.