Everybody loves to play 21. The dealer gives each
player two cards and himself one card up and one
card down. Everybody plays against the dealer. The
object of the game is to draw cards that add up to 21,
or as close to 21 as possible without going over.
Ten's, Jack's, Queen's, and King's count as 10; Aces
count as either 1 or 11, as you choose. Other cards
play at their face value. You are given a chance to
draw additional cards, one at a time, to get closer to
21. If you "bust", (go over 21) you lose, and the dealer
collects your bet.
If your count is closer to 21 than the dealer's, you
win. If it is under the dealer's, you lose. A tie is a
standoff and results in a "push" (nobody wins).
The dealer has no choice on hitting or staying; he
must hit when holding 16 or under and stay on 17 or
over. After each player is satisfied with the number of
cards he has asked for, the dealer turns up his hidden
card. If he has 16 or less, he must "hit," that is draw an
additional card or cards, until he reaches 17 or over.
Dealer must stand on 17. If he "busts," he must pay all
the players left in the game.