The general concept of the card game is to be dealt cards totaling up to 21. Each gambler is assigned two cards. When a blackjack player is dealt a 9 or lower value card and an Ace they have been given a soft hand. When the blackjack player is dealt no Ace it is known as a hard hand. Once the cards have been dealt all players at the blackjack table, which includes the dealer, every black jack player is provided the chance to make 1 of 6 decisions:

Taking another card (Hit): When a black jack player says "hit me" the croupier will give him another card, if the addition of that card makes the value of the hand to exceed twenty one the black jack player will have lost and be excluded from the game, if the card pushes the value of the hand to twenty-one the player will be the winner and if the total has not yet reached twenty-one they’re still in the game.

Keeping the hand you’ve been given: If a player is happy with the cards they’ll hold. As soon as this has happened the dealer will show their cards and the player who has accumulated twenty-one or the closet to twenty-one will come away with a win.

Doubling Down: A black jack player may request to double down which increases the bet by one hundred percent they have made. Once you have taken this procedure you can only be given one more card. The details of doubling down are usually out lined by the table or casino game rules so prior to gambling be sure you’re comfortable with the house established rules. If you are competing at an on-line casino this is usually very simple.

Watch for part two.