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Beat the Odds!

Grab your deck of cards and a partner (parent or sibling will do :)) and play a game (or two or three) of 21. After 21 explore these additional card games and flex your addition, subtraction, multiplication, order of operations, conversions and more!

1. The aim of the 21  is to get 21 or as close to as possible. Number cards have their face value, jacks, kings and queens are worth 10. Ace can be either 1 or 11 and the player who holds the ace gets to choose the value of the card.

2. The dealer and all other players have two cards. With the exception of the dealer the players have their cards face up. The dealer has one card up and one card face down. The dealer goes to each player one at a time. The player needs to decide if they want another card (hit) or will sit on what they have. You can have as many cards as you like as long as you don’t go over 21.
3. The dealer does this with every player. Players are not competing against each other, but against the dealer. The dealer then turns over their other card and needs to decide what to do. If the dealer has 16 or under then they must take another card. If the dealer has 21 (Ace and a ten value card) the dealer wins. If the dealer goes bust then everyone else wins. Reshuffle and play again. 

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