How to play

The Pack: Full pack, 52 cards.

Number of Players: Any number may play.

The rank of Cards: Cards have no relative rank but the counting value is as follows: K’s, Q’s, and J’s, 1o each; Aces, 11 or 1, balance are counted at pip value, 9’s 9, 8’s 8, etc.

Betting Before the Deal: Each player, with the exception of the dealer, places a wager before the deal is made by placing counters or chips in front of him. In certain places, a preset quantity, such as one or two chips, is specified for this wager, which must not exceed the limit. (In one variation, the player is permitted to examine the first card dealt to him before to staking; in another, the player is permitted to divide a pair of cards and wager money on each of them.) The dealer makes no bets; instead, the banker is the one who accepts and settles all player bets.

The object of the Game: holding cards with a combined pip value that most closely approaches 21 without exceeding that number.

Dealing: The dealer gives each player two cards one at a time in rotation to the left. Deal passes to the left.


Drawing and Settling of Bets: 

Cards are examined by each participant. Each player (unless he also has a Natural) loses double the money he has bet if the dealer's cards are an Ace and a 10 (or a Court card), which is known as a Natural. If a player has a Natural and the dealer doesn't, the dealer must double the player's winnings. (Some areas allow players holding Naturals to take all bets on the table, but this practice is not widespread.)

Each player in turn may request a card in order to increase the pip value of his hand closer to 21 if no player receives a Natural (or after players [other than the dealer] have been paid for Naturals held). Drawing begins with the eldest hand, and he may draw one card at a time until he is satisfied, or until the pip value of his hand exceeds 21. In the latter case, he must abandon his hand and pay his stake to the dealer.

The player to the left draws similarly, and so on until all players have either satisfied their needs or have drawn too far. The dealer then draws and turns his two cards face up. If the dealer overdraws, he must pay the amount of each player's bet to any other players who have not done so. Players holding the same amount are tied and neither win nor lose if the dealer has a total of 21 or fewer. Players holding less than the dealer lose their stake, while players holding more than the dealer but not more than 21 win the number of their stakes.

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