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Blackjack, also known as 21 is one of the most popular casino card games in Las Vegas.

The rules on how to play blackjack are quite simple, which is a major reason for the game's enduring popularity.

In Las Vegas casinos, blackjack is played on a semi-circular table, with the round portion of the table facing the players, and the straight edge side facing the dealer.

There are usually five to seven seats at a table and every blackjack table will have the words, "Insurance Pays 2 to 1", also, "Dealer must Hit Soft 17" or "Dealer Must Stand On All 17's".

Your goal is to draw cards with a value as close to 21 as possible without going over. The players at a blackjack table do not play against each other, they play against the dealer. Most casinos in Las Vegas provide two versions of Blackjack. With Double Deck 21 the cards are dealt from the hand and with Multiple Deck 21, the cards are dealt from a box called the "shoe" Read about the differences in the two version below.

The object of Blackjack is to get a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible without going over.

This is accomplished in two ways: Having a higher total than the dealer without exceeding 21; Having a total of 21 or less when the dealer's total exceeds 21.

Find an appropriate bet-limit table and place a bet by the chips in the designated area. Depending on how many people are playing, the dealer will deal each player two cards.

The dealer is also dealt two cards, one face up, and one face down. If you would like another card, then you tap the table with your fingers or say "hit me".

If you want to stay or "stand" with what you have, then wave your hand horizontally over the table or simply tuck your cards underneath your bet.

The hand with the highest total wins as long as it doesn't exceed 21.

A hand with a value over 21 is called a "bust" or "break" and it is an automatic loser.