Blackjack is by far the most popular casino card game also known as twenty-one. Regardless of the simplicity of the game rules it boasts high winning chances and a great deal of excitement.
The goal of the game for a player is to beat the Dealer’s hand by either getting a better hand without exceeding 21 or by the Dealer’s hand going bust (going over 21).
8 decks are used, 52 cards each. Cards are shuffled after each game.
The value of a hand is simply the sum of points of each card in the hand. In Blackjack, cards are valued in the following way:
- The cards from 2 through 9 have their face values.
- 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued at 10.
- An Ace can be counted as either 1 or 11. An Ace always has the value that makes the best hand. Suppose you have (Ace, 7). The value of this hand can be either 8 or 18. If you stop here, it will be 18. But let’s assume you’ve drawn one more card. The hand contains (Ace, 7, 8). Its total value is 16.
- Blackjack is an initial two-card combination consisting of an ace and a ten-value card.
|Select a chip||Just click the required chip at the bottom right of the table|
|Place your bet||Click the corresponding betting field|
|Increase your bet||Every click on the betting field adds one chip of the selected value to both your stacks|
|Decrease your bet||Click the betting field with CTRL held to decrease both your stacks chip by chip|
|Remove placed chips||Use CLEAR control|
|Play again||Click NEW GAME to remove all the chips and cards from the table once the game is completed|
|Repeat your bet||Click REBET to place the same stakes as in the previous round and start dealing|
- Min/Max sign indicates minimum and maximum amount that can be placed on each betting field.
- Move your pointer over the Min/Max sign to view the paytable when in the game.
You are allowed to bet on up to three hands, placing bets on central, right and left boxes, correspondingly.
Click DEAL to start dealing cards. Both you and the Dealer are dealt two cards. You receive cards face up, the Dealer – one card face down, the other one – face up. If you play multiple hands, several hands will be dealt to you. For each hand, two cards are dealt face up. In this case each hand will be treated separately.
Check for Blackjack
In case the Dealer’s face-up card is 10, King, Queen, Jack or Ace, the Dealer checks for Blackjack:
- If the Dealer has a Blackjack, his face-down card opens. Your and the dealer’s hands are compared.
- If the Dealer doesn’t have a Blackjack, then your hand is treated and the game proceeds as usual – with Double, Hit and Stand options offered.
Note: In case the Dealer’s face-up card is Ace, Insurance is offered before the check is performed (see Insurance).
You have one of the options listed once you and the dealer are dealt cards:
- Hit – Click HIT button to draw an additional card to a hand. You can draw as many cards as required. If the total reaches 21, your hand automatically stops. If your hand busts (its total exceeds 21), your hand is lost.
- Stand – Click STAND button to stop drawing cards to your hand. Once you click STAND you either move to playing the next hand or if it is the only or the last of your hands or the Dealer’s hand starts being played.
- Double – Click DOUBLE to double your original bet amount and get one more card to your hand. No more cards can be drawn to the hand.
Depending on the game situation Split and Insurance options may become available.
Split If first two cards are of the same value (two Aces, two Sevens, or two 10-valued cards like King, Jack or Queen), you can split them into two separate hands by clicking SPLIT and placing a bet equal to your original bet. You then proceed to draw cards to the first split hand. You can split your hand only once.
Note: In case of splitting a pair of Aces, you are allowed to draw only one card to each Ace. Then, if you draw a ten-valued card on one of the split Aces, your hand is not considered a Blackjack, but treated as a normal 21.
Insurance This option becomes available if the Dealer’s up card is an Ace. In this case, a player has the possibility to insure against the dealer’s Blackjack. Insurance message, “Yes” and “No” controls appear on the game table.
- If you don’t want to insure your hand click NO.
- To make the Insurance bet click YES button. In this case an additional bet is placed, equal to half your initial bet.
- If the Dealer does have a Blackjack, the Dealer’s card opens and the game stops. You lose your original bet (unless you also have Blackjack) but your insurance returns 2 to 1.
- If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, Stand, Hit and Doublebuttons become available to proceed with the game.
The Dealer starts playing his hand once all the player’s hands are completed. The Dealer stands on 17.
After a player stands with a hand (stops to draw cards) and after the Dealer completes his hand, the player’s and the Dealer’s hands are compared. The winning hand is considered the one, which total is greater. If a hand has BJ, such hand beats any hand including a regular 21. In case the hand total is greater than 21, such hand busts.
- A regular winning hand pays out 1 to 1. If you place $10 and beat the dealer, you will be returned your bet and the win of $10, $20 in total.
- Blackjack pays out 3 to 2. If you place $10 and have Blackjack, you will be returned your bet and the win of 15$, 25$ in total.
- Insurance bet pays out 2 to 1. With an initial bet of $10, your insurance bet will be $5. In case the Dealer has Blackjack, you will be returned your bet and the win of $10, $15 in total.
- In case of tie hands, you are returned your original bet.
|Winning Hand||1 to 1|
|Blackjack||3 to 1|
|Insurance||2 to 1|