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What is "Bust"?

To "go bust" or "bust" is a term used when the total value of a hand of cards that a player holds is greater than the maximum value required to win. Usually used in blackjack, if a player goes bust it means that they have lost that particular hand and have therefore also lost their stake.The aim of blackjack is to beat the dealer's hand by creating a hand as close in value to 21 as possible. If a player picks additional cards, leading to the value of their hand rising above 21, they are said to have gone bust.

'Bust' Explained

During a hand of blackjack, each player is initially dealt a hand of two cards. If the value of the two cards totals 21, the hand is called a blackjack and the player holding it will automatically have won unless the dealer also has a blackjack.Most of the time players aren't dealt a blackjack hand and their card values will total less than 21. After the initial deal, players are given the opportunity to add as many cards as they like to their hand, in order to try and obtain a value as close as possible to 21. For example a player that was initially dealt a jack (face cards are worth 10 points) and a five would have a total of 15 points. They may choose to pick up an additional card to try and increase their total to 21. After picking up the card, if their total number of points rises above 21 (in the example given that would mean picking a seven or higher), they would go bust.Being bust means they have lost and must forfeit their stake, regardless of the dealer's hand (which remains unseen until all players have finished adding cards to their hands).