To beat the point value of the Dealer’s hand without going over 21.
After the bets are placed, each Player receives two cards and the Dealer receives one card. All cards are dealt face up. If the initial two cards you are dealt total 21, you have a Blackjack, which pays 3 to 2 on your bet. If the Dealer also has a Blackjack, you would blackjack casino push (tie). If you do not have a Blackjack and feel the total of your first two cards can beat the Dealer’s total, you would “stand,” meaning you would not draw any additional cards. If you feel you need additional cards to beat the Dealer, you gesture for each new card (“hit”) with your hand until you are satisfied and decide to stand. Once all Players have played their hands, the Dealer will complete his or her hand. If the Dealer has a soft* 17 or less, he or she must draw additional cards until a hard** 17 or more is reached. If the Dealer exceeds 21, all Players who have 21 (or less) win. Otherwise the Dealer compares his or her point total to each Player’s. All winning bets are paid even money (one to one).
* A soft hand is a hand that includes an Ace and has two totals, neither of which exceeds 21.
** A hard hand is a hand in which there is no Ace or the Ace counts as one.