Like any casino card game, players will start by placing a bet. This is the final bet as players will not be able to reduce it or add to it (unless the game allows for doubling down) during the game play. Once players place the bet, they will get two cards facing up while the dealer will give himself two cards, though one is facing down and one of facing up while. In some versions, the two cards of the dealer will be facing up, like Blackjack Double Xposure.
Some games let players place bets on more than one blackjack hand; they are called multi hand blackjack games. In these games, players will place a separate bet for each hand and each hand is played separately. Although it is very rewarding and it enables players to recover from the loss of one of the hands by winning the rest, it can also be devastating if the dealer gets a good hand or a blackjack.
Players will calculate their hand total and they will make a decision: they will either Hit or Stand. If they Hit, it means that they are not satisfied with their hand total and that they want more cards. They can keep hitting until they Stand which means that they are satisfied with the hand total or until they Bust. Busting means going over 21; if players bust, the hand is a losing hand on the spot.
Once players stand, the dealer will show his hole card, which is the card that was facing down. He will then start Hitting and getting more cards until he reaches or passes 17. Some games obligate the dealer to stand on all 17s and some obligate the dealer to stop at only Hard 17s. After the dealer stands, a comparison between the hand of the dealer and the hand of the player will take place. The hand that is closest to 21 will be the winning hand. If the two hands have the same value, it depends on the rules of each version. When there is a tie, it is called a Push; some versions would consider it a tie and give players back their bets while other games consider Push to be in the favor of the dealer.
There are other decisions that players will make during the game play. For example, players can Split If they get identical cards to form two hands. The two hands will have the same value of the original bet. Some versions would enable players to split more than once in order to form 4 different Blackjack hands. Also, some versions would allow players to split unlike ten-value cards like a Ten and a Jack, or a Jack and a Queen. Players can split aces in some versions, but they will only be able to hit once and if they get a ten-value card, they will be paid even money as it is considered a normal win and not a Blackjack.