In blackjack, also known as 21, players try to draw a hand of cards that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand is without going over. To score a hand of blackjack, you’ll need to know the values of the cards.

## Number cards

Scoring number cards is simple — each card is worth as many points as the number of pips on it. A two is worth two points, a three is worth three points, and so on. The only exception to this rule is the ace. An ace can be worth either one point or eleven; the player gets to choose which. For instance, a player who had an ace and a six might choose to draw again, hoping for a four or lower; if he drew a five or higher he could treat the ace as worth one point in order to avoid exceeding 21 and going bust.

## Face cards

Jacks, queens and kings are all worth ten points. If a player is lucky enough to draw a face card and an ace on her first draw, she has a natural or blackjack. In casinos, this usually means that she automatically wins half again the amount she originally bet.