The object of Blackjack is to get your cards to add up to a total as close to 21 as possible without going over (or 'busting') or to have higher numbers than the dealer. Rules can vary from casino to casino, but these are the basic guidelines to follow:
1. Between one and seven players can take part in any hand of Blackjack. The players put an initial wager forward and two cards are dealt to each player (one at a time) with the dealer dealing him/herself last with one card face down.
2. You assess your cards total value and decide whether you need to take another card to boost your total or take a punt on the tally you already have and hope others will 'bust'.
3. When you draw an ace, you can decide whether it counts as 1 or 11.
4. When all the players stand, the dealer plays his own hand. The face down card is flipped over - the dealer must 'hit' until the total is 17 or above. Then the dealer has to stand. If the dealer busts, all players that are still in the game win. Between the players and the dealer, whoever is closer to 21 without going over wins. (The same chips are used for your next turn.)
5. Winnings are calculated on the amount of the bet for a winning hand. But if you have Blackjack - two cards totalling 21 - you win one-and-a-half times your wager. The only way you can lose with a Blackjack hand is if the dealer has one, too.