Blackjack Card Values

card valuesBlackjack card values are pretty simple, but don’t make the mistake of skimming over this important topic. If you even want to have a chance at succeeding in the game of blackjack, you are going to need to know all of the card values intuitively.

Before we look at the finer points of blackjack card values, you should be aware that the suits (spades, diamonds, hearts, and clubs) play no role in this game. You can, and should, ignore them completely. Also, remember that the goal in blackjack is to have a higher valued hand than the dealer without exceeding twenty-one.

Numbered Cards

The numbered cards (ranging from two to ten) are the easiest blackjack cards to play with. This is because each card is simply worth as many points as the number printed on it. If your hand only has numbered cards, you can just add their numbers up, and that is the total value of your hand.

Face Cards

Faces cards (a category that includes Jacks, Queens, and Kings) are easily the most important kinds of blackjack card in the deck. In fact twelve of the fifty-six cards in each blackjack deck are face cards (more than any other single type). All of these face cards are worth ten points each.


Aces are a bit more complicated because they can be worth either one point each, or eleven points. Basically, the ace will be used as an eleven-point card unless doing so will make your hand worth more than twenty-one and force you to bust. Once this happens, you will naturally choose to use it as a one-point card.

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Understanding Ten-Point Cards

While reading above, you probably realized that there are a lot of cards worth ten points. Between Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Tens, there are sixteen cards in every deck that are worth ten points. Most importantly, ten-point cards can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.

On the one hand, with such an abundance of ten-point cards, they are fairly common ingredients in many players’ busts. Anyone who hits with twelve or more points in a hard hand (one with no 11-point aces) is liable to bust if a ten-point card is dealt. On the other hand they are also a requirement for getting a blackjack dealt to you (a ten-point card and an ace). Basically, a ten point card can be either a good thing or bad thing depending on the circumstances.

The Worst Card In The Deck

While ten-point cards can be good or bad, five-point cards are always problematic. When you receive a five-point card, especially as a result of a “hit”, you’ll likely find yourself with a stiff hand. This is a hand where your total hand value is probably going to be lower than the dealer’s, but high enough to present a serious bust-risk with any additional cards. Luckily, there are only four fives in the deck, but sixes and fours are nearly as bad.

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