The basic rule for this game is: Getting 21 or as close to 21 without going over and beating the dealers hand. Now, before the dealer deals any cards, the player, that's you, must place a bet. The player does this by putting the chips or money in the area designated on the Blackjack table, it's usually a little spot in front of your spot on the table. The dealer will deal two cards to each player and then to himself. The one of dealer's cards are dealt face up and one is dealt face down. Kings, Queens, Jacks (the face cards) are all worth ten points, the Ace can count as either a 1 or an 11 point card (this is your choice on what value you want to make the ace) and all the other cards are counted as what their value indicates (so the 5 of diamonds count as a 5).
Ace and a 10 point card (10, Jack, Queen, or King) he wins!! However, if the dealer also gets blackjack then it is a standoff (all ties or pushes are considered standoffs). A winning blackjack pays the player 3 to 2.
Hit or Stand:
A hit means to have the dealer give you another card. You can indicate this by a hand gesture to the dealer or just say hit me. To Stand means that you want to stick with the cards you currently have, indicate this by putting your wager over your cards or turning the cards in a horizontal direction, basically to show you don't want anymore. If you ask for a hit and you go over 21, you give in your cards and your wager is lost.
Means that you can double your bet on the first two cards and draw only one more card to improve your hand.
If the first two cards a player is dealt are a pair, he may split them into two separate hands, bet the same amount on each and then play them separately. Aces receive only one additional card and after the split if you get an Ace and a 10 it counts as 21 and not as blackjack.
If the dealers face up card is an ace, the player may take insurance, he can bet one-half his original bet, but not more. If the dealer's down card is a 10 or face card then the player wins 2 to 1, but if it is any other card then the dealer will win.
When permitted, a player may give up the first two cards he draws and loses 1/2 of his original bet.