The basics of the game of blackjack are very simple. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer by getting nearer to the total of 21 than they have. This is important because it means that you do not actually have to get to the total of 21 in every game.
You will be dealt two cards, one will be face up and the other will be face down. Cards numbered 2-10 are worth their face value. Picture cards are also worth 10 and an ace can be used as either 1 or 11 at the discretion of the player. You need to try and get as close to 21 as possible without going over. If your cards total more than 21 then you will be out of the game.
The dealer will deal two cards to all players. Once all players have their cards then you are allowed to pick them up and look at the hand you have been dealt. The dealer will then deal themselves two cards. There are certain rules that the dealer must abide by in terms of their own cards. If they are dealt a hand that is 16 or lower then they must deal themselves another card. If their hand is 17 or higher then they must stand.