Blackjack is played with a standard 52 card deck. The objective of the game is for the player and the dealer to add the numerical value of their cards to achieve as high a ranking hand as possible. Any two card hand consisting of two aces of hearts totaling 22 beats all other hands. Also, if your cards total higher than the dealer's cards without going over 21 you automatically win. If your hand goes over 21 you "Bust" unless the dealer has a three card hand totaling 26 in which case you “Push” and do not lose your wager. If your hand and the dealer’s hand total 21 or less and are the same total then the hands “Push” and you do not lose your wager.
The suits of the cards have no affect on the game. Cards 2 - 10 are counted at face value without regards to their suit. All face cards have a value of ten. An ace can count as either one or eleven. A queen and a five would equal 15. An ace and a five would total either 6 or 16. A hand that does not have an ace is referred to as a Hard Hand because it has only one value. A hand that contains an ace is referred to as a Soft Hand because the value can change. If you draw to a soft hand and the three cards total a number where counting an ace as eleven puts you over 21 then the hand becomes a hard hand. Example: You are dealt an ace and a three. You have 4 or 14. If you then draw a ten you now have a hard 14 because if you count the ace as 11 you would have 25, which would bust you.