Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games and is played with a standard 52-card deck. Each card has a value, ranging from 1 for an Ace to 10 for face cards and other face-valued cards. A player’s goal is to build a hand that totals closer to 21 than the dealer’s, without going over. Players can choose to hit (receive additional cards) or stand (stop drawing cards) based on their desired strategy. The dealer also has the option to draw more cards, but his or her hand must beat a player’s in order to win. Players can sometimes take an extra side bet called insurance, which pays if the dealer’s up card is an ace.

A player’s first two cards are dealt face up, and they can then choose to “hit” to receive more cards or “stand” and keep their current hand. After all players have acted, the dealer will reveal his or her up card. If the dealer has a blackjack, all players’ bets are paid out immediately (except for those who have also busted). If the dealer does not have a blackjack and a player has a blackjack, the player is awarded one-and-a-half times the original amount of their bet.

In the game of blackjack, it is important for the dealer to be able to read the facial expressions and posture of the players. This information will help them determine whether to hit or stand, and if a player is counting cards. It is also important for the dealer to know how to handle cards so they are not visible to players.

Blackjack dealers are responsible for dealing blackjack and other casino table games according to guest service standards, minimum internal gaming control rules and casino procedures. They are also required to maintain a high level of personal integrity and professionalism at all times, as well as interact with guests in a courteous and respectful manner. Many blackjack dealers attend a gaming school or training program sponsored by a casino or a vocational or community college before they begin work. The training typically lasts two to six weeks. The job can be challenging for people with a hectic home life and family, but it offers a decent salary and flexible hours.

How to Become a Blackjack Dealer