Our Blackjack rules page showed card values as follows:
- Cards have the same value as their number i.e. a 2 card will have a numerical value of two, 3 will have a value of three, 4 will have a value of four and so on all the way up to ten.
- Face cards i.e. Jacks, Queens, Kings all have a numerical value of 10.
- Ace has two numerical values 1 or 11 and a player can choose either one as he pleases.
The suit of the card has nothing to do with it value. To determine the value of each hand the cards need to be added up, for instance, if a player is dealt a King and 2 and “Hits for a third card which is a 6 the value will be added like this 10+2+6 = 18 and when a hand contains an Ace it automatically gives the best score. For example if a player is dealt an Ace and an 8 the ace is counted as 11 so 11+8 = 19, when a hand is dealt with an Ace and the Ace can assume either value without risking a bust, that hand is considered to be a “Soft Hand”
Due to the rules that the dealer’s plays by cards don’t hold the same significance for them as they do for the players, for instance cards that have a 10 value may be valuable to a dealer but to a player it is invaluable.
How cards are laid
The Ace card is probably the most powerful card that a player is dealt. With an Ace card the chances of going bust is reduced substantially, as a matter of fact when an Ace is dealt to the player a 52% advantage is dealt along with it.
It is always good news for a player when the dealers face up card is of low value i.e. 2, 3 or 4 as it provides a confidence boost, on the flip side however a low value card could be the dealer’s saving grace from going bust. Card counting systems tend to ignore neutral cards; however these have proven to be important when playing basic strategy and when a player holds a hand of 12 or 13.
Cards that have a value of 10 are important cards, because there are so many of them, they place the advantage on the players side if and when the dealer has a hand value of 16 or less because the rules of Blackjack clearly state that a dealer must “Hit” on a hand value of 16 or less thus increasing the risk of a bust.