Blackjack

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In blackjack, as the player, you are always competing against the dealer. The main objective is to draw cards until your hand comes as close to 21 as you can, without going over. If your first two cards total 21, you have blackjack.

Rules

If, at the end of the game, your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, you win the same amount as you wagered. If you have blackjack [your first two cards total 21], you win 3:2 the value of your wager, unless the dealer also has blackjack. In that case the game is a tie and your wager is returned.

Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and all remaining cards count as their numbered values. If your hand total exceeds 21, you have “BUST” and you lose your wager. If, at the end of the game, your hand total is equal to the dealer’s hand, the game is considered a tie ["PUSH"] and your wager is returned. Blackjack [first two cards total 21] beats a combined card score of 21.

Rules for the Dealer

The dealer must adhere to certain guidelines when drawing cards ["HIT"] or staying with his current cards ["STAND"]. These guidelines state that the dealer must draw cards until he has at least 17, and must stand at 17 or higher. If the dealer gets 16, he must take another card. The dealer will not decide to hit or stay based on your hand, and must strictly abide by the dealer rules. As the player, your strategy should be based on what cards you have in your hand while taking into consideration what card the dealer has showing.

Split

If your first two cards are the same value, you may “SPLIT” them into two separate hands, placing a second wager of equal value. You then proceed to draw cards as usual. However, if you “SPLIT” two aces, you get only one additional card for each hand. If you “SPLIT” two aces and one of your hands totals 21, this is not considered blackjack, but 21.

Double Down

When you have been dealt two cards, and you think that your next card will put you in a position to beat the dealer’s hand, you can select "DOUBLE". Your wager is then doubled, and you will receive only one additional card.

Insurance

Insurance adds a completely new aspect to blackjack; it gives you the opportunity to protect your wager if you believe that the dealer may have blackjack. If the dealer’s first card is an ace, he is considered to have a fair chance of getting blackjack. In this case a window will pop up over your hand and offer you to purchase “INSURANCE – YES/NO”. If you believe that the dealer’s down card is of value 10, you can buy insurance against dealer’s blackjack at the value of half your initial bet. If the dealer does have blackjack, the insurance pays 2:1, corresponding to the amount of your initial wager. If you buy insurance and the dealer does not get blackjack, you lose your insurance wager. Your initial bet is then settled by comparing your cards with the dealer’s. Should you and the dealer both have blackjack, the game results in a push.

Tips

To understand the following tables remember an ace can count as either 1 or 11. *A "soft" hand is a hand, which contains an ace that counts as 11. Therefore, a "soft 17" is a hand that contains an ace and a 6. A player with an ace has the advantage of being able to change the ace’s value to count as 1 after drawing another card. When a hand contains an ace that counts as 1, it is called a "hard hand".

Hit or Stand?

IF THE DEALERS OPEN CARD IS: HIT ON: STAND ON:
3, 4, 5 or 611 and lower Soft 17 and lower12 and higher Soft 18 and higher
7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace16 and lower Soft 17 and lower17 and higher Soft 18 and higher

Split?

IF THE DEALERS OPEN CARD IS: SPLIT:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 72’s, 3’s, 8’s and Aces
8, 9, 10 or Ace8’s and Aces

Double?

IF YOUR FIRST TWO [2] CARDS TOTAL: DOUBLE IF THE DEALERS OPEN CARD IS:
11Anything except an Ace
10Anything except a 10 or an Ace
92 to 8
7 or 83 to 6

The guidelines provided here are just outlines of a simple blackjack strategy. There are a variety of different ways to play and as most players become comfortable with blackjack, they develop their own strategies.

Betting

Select a chip value using the left mouse button. Then, with the left mouse button, click the spot on the blackjack table where you wish to place your wager. You can choose to place a wager in all three spots and play three hands at a time. If you wish to change your bet prior to clicking "DEAL", simply click on the chips you have already placed on the table using your right mouse button to remove them.

Betting Limits

Wagers in Blackjack are determined by the table limit you choose from the casino lobby.

HAND: PAYS:
Winning Hand1 to 1
Insurance2 to 1
Blackjack3 to 2

Game Buttons

DEAL: When you have placed your bets, click to deal the cards
CLEAR: Clears the table of bets
HIT: Instructs the dealer to deal you another card
STAND: Instructs the dealer that you will “stand” with your current hand
DOUBLE: Double your wager and receive one additional card only
SPLIT: Split your hand into 2 separate ones [see above for rules]
NEW GAME: Starts a new game
LAST BET: Places the same bets as in your previous game