Blackjack is a classic casino game, full of action and and excitement – It’s straight up Blackjack! The player wins 1.5 times his bet when he is dealt a Blackjack.
Blackjack is typically played with four standard decks of 52 cards (Jokers excluded). The decks are shuffled before each game round. Number cards, 2-10, count as face value. Face cards, kings, queens and jacks, are equal in value to 10 and aces are valued at either 1 or 11. No particular significance is given to any of the 4 suits.
Play takes place against a computerized dealer. The dealer is dealt two cards, and the player is dealt two cards in each box. The player’s cards are dealt face up, while only the dealer’s first card is shown. The dealer will check the face down card if the first card has a value of 10, J, Q or K. A player can choose an additional card by HITTING. A player can repeat this as many times as he likes so long as the cards face value total does not exceed 21. If the cards face value total exceeds 21, it is considered a “bust” and the player loses.
Once a player is satisfied with the cards he is holding, he should STAND. This is repeated for all the boxes the player is playing. After the player is finished, it is the dealer’s turn to reveal his face down card and decide whether he would like to take another card. The dealer must have cards With face value of 17 or more. Once the dealer is satisfied with the cards he is holding, the winner is decided. If the player’s card face value total is greater than the dealer’s, or if the dealer busts then the player is the winner.
If the player’s card face value total is the same as the dealer it is considered a “push” and the player does not lose his wager.
If a 10-value card, i.e. the number 10 card of any suit or a king, queen or jack, plus an ace is initially dealt in any hand, it is considered Blackjack. The player wins 1.5 times the winning hand wager when he is dealt a Blackjack. The player loses if the dealer is dealt a Blackjack. If both are dealt a Blackjack it is considered a push and the player receives his wager back.
If the visible card of the dealer is an ace, the player can buy “insurance” by wagering and additional 0.5 times his initial wager. If the dealer then receives Blackjack, the player will win 2 times his insurance wager. If the dealer does not get Blackjack, then the player loses his insurance wager and the outcome of his initial wager is determined by the face value total of the cards he is holding vs. the dealer’s cards.
If the visible card of the dealer is an ace and the player has Blackjack, the player is offered even money and wins 1 times his wager.
If a player is dealt two cards of the same value (including two of the same face cards), he is entitled to “split” the cards and double his initial wager. He will now be playing two hands of Blackjack, one at a time. The first hand is dealt a second card. The player must decide whether he would like to STAND or take another card by HITTING. Once the player has finished the first hand, he must move onto the second, repeating the same process. After the player is satisfied with all hands it is the dealer’s turn. The dealer will now reveal his other card and take additional cards until he has a face value total of 17 or more.
Note: The player cannot hit on split aces. The dealer deals a second card only for each hand.
The player can double his wager after viewing his initial two cards. He will then only be allowed one additional HIT to complete his hand. It is also possible to Double Down after a Split, except in the case of two aces.