In European Blackjack the dealer doesn't receive a hole card until the player has finished making all his decisions including doubling and splitting. The dealer must stand on soft 17 and players can only double on hard totals of 9-11.
The cards are dealt two in rotation from the dealer's left to right. The dealer's hand has one card face up.
The objective of the game is to achieve a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer's without going over 21.
Cards 2 through 10 = face value
Face Cards = 10 points
Aces = 1 point or 11 points, whichever makes a better hand
Splitting - You can split the first two cards dealt if they are of equal point value. When you split, you must place an additional bet that is equal to the ante . You will now have two hands. You can continue to hit for each hand, unless the split was made for a pair of Aces, in which case you can only hit once for each hand.