Everybody loves to play 21. The dealer gives each player two cards (face up) 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.
Tens, Jacks, Queens, and Kings 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 dealers 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 a 16 or under and stay on a 17 or over. After each player is satisfied with the number of cards they have asked for, the dealer must turn over his/her hidden card. If the dealer has 16 or less, they must “hit,” that is draw an additional card or cards, until they reach 17 or over. Dealer must stand on a 17 or over. If the dealer “busts,” all players left in the game are paid.