Blackjack is one of the most popular and
recognized games in modern casinos.
What is Blackjack?
Blackjack is amongst the most popular and well recognized
of modern casino games. It is a game between the player and the dealer. During a
game of Blackjack cards are dealt from a deck of cards (called a shoe) that may
contain anything from one standard 52-card deck to 6 such decks. The player will
be dealt two cards. The Dealer will be dealt one card. In some casinos the
Dealer is dealt two cards but only one is turned so that its value can be
revealed. The card that remains face down is called the 'hole card.'
object of Blackjack is to obtain a hand with the highest possible value without
exceeding 21. All face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) have a value of ten and
the Aces can have a value of one (1) or eleven (11).
If the player's
initial two cards do not exceed or total 21 then the player can requested
another card (called a 'Hit'.) If the player's hand does not go bust (exceeds
21) and still does not equal 21 the player may continue to request additional
cards until he busts, reaches 21 or decides to 'stay.' If the player is dealt a
Blackjack (an ace and a card of value ten) then the dealer will automatically
lose unless his single card is an ace or a ten. If the player is dealt a
Blackjack then he will not be allowed to draw further cards as he already has
the best possible hand.
If the player goes bust the game is over and the
dealer wins. Should the player reach 21 or stay the Dealer will draw another
card. If the Dealer's hand is less then 17 in value the dealer must continue to
draw cards until his hand's value exceeds 17 or goes bust. In the event of the
dealer not going bust the value of the dealer and the player's hands are then
compared. If the player's hand is stronger the Casino will pay the player twice
the amount originally wagered. If the player wins on a Blackjack the player will
be paid out 2.5 times his original bet.
The Increase button and Decrease button are
used to adjust the size of your bet. The bet size can only be changed between
The Deal button starts a new game of Blackjack.
The Hit button causes the dealer to give you another card.
The Stay button ends your hand and moves the game onto the next
phase (be it the completion of the dealer's hand or of your second hand.)
The Split button is only available if the first two cards dealt
in your hand have the same value. The Split button causes this single hand to be
split into two separate hands.
The Double button doubles your
wager on your current hand. This is essentially a wager on your next card being
sufficient to beat the dealer's hand. After pressing the Double button you will
receive only 1 more card to complete your hand.
button is only available when the Dealer's card is an Ace. Insurance is a bet
against the Dealer getting Blackjack. The Insurance bet cost half as much as
your original bet and will pay out 2 to 1 if the dealer gets Blackjack.
Playing the Game
Playing Blackjack at
the Casino is easy. Upon starting the Blackjack game for the first time you will
be presented with the Blackjack table. The default minimum bet will already be
placed on the table.
You can increase or decrease the amount you wish to
wager with the Increase and Decrease buttons. The size of the
column of Casino chips will change as you do this.
Once you have decided
on the size of your bet you can start the game. Click on the 'Deal' button.
The Dealer will deal you two cards and deal himself one card.
soon as the last card is dealt you will be able to decide whether to hit
(take another card) or stay.
If your initial cards are an Ace and
a card of value of ten then you have Blackjack and unless the dealer has an Ace
or Ten you automatically win the game and are paid out 2.5 times your original
If you draw another card (hit) and the value of your hand now
exceeds 21 then you have gone 'bust' and have lost this hand. You may play again
by clicking on the 'Deal' button.
If you are satisfied with your
hand press the 'Stay' button to end the game. The dealer will now draw
cards until his hand exceeds or equals 17 in value. If the dealer's hand exceeds
21 you win because the dealer has gone 'bust.' If the dealer's hand exceeds 17
in value but is less than 21 the value of the two hands are compared and the
stronger hand wins.
If your hand is stronger than the dealer's you
receive double your wager back. If not, you lose your wager and can play again.
Like any other game Blackjack has certain rules. You
may ask for up to five additional cards as long as the value of your hand does
not exceed 21. If you go over 21 this is called a 'bust' and you automatically
loose the hand. If you have not yet exceeded 21 after receiving seven cards you
will automatically stay and the dealer will receive another card.
dealer must stand on all 17 and draw on 16.
Face cards (the Jack,
Queen and King) all have a value of ten in Blackjack.
card may have a value of either 1 or 11. Any combination of cards that contains
an Ace card and whose value does not exceed 21 is referred to as a 'soft hand'.
An 'Ace' will adopt the value most beneficial for your hand. For example an Ace
and eight will add up to 19 but if the player chooses to take another card that
would cause the hand's value to exceed 21 the Ace will revert to a value of 1.
If you are dealt an 'Ace' and a card with the value of ten (a natural
ten or face card) as your first two cards this is called Blackjack. You will
automatically stay when you receive a Blackjack. If you beat the dealer
with a Blackjack you are paid out at 3 to 2.
If you receive two cards of
the same value (such as two 'Ace's or two fives or two tens) you may 'Split'
your hand. This means that your pair is divided into two separate hands. You
wager a second amount equal to that of your original wager on the second hand
and are able to play both hands as normal.
If you have split a pair
of aces and then draw a card with a value of ten then this is not counted as
Blackjack. Such a hand would have a value of 21. It will beat any dealer's hand
with a value of less than 21 and draw against all other Dealer hands except a
Blackjack. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of
ten. Should you split a pair of tens (or face cards) and then recieve an ace
this hand is not counted as Blackjack.
If the value of your initial two
cards is 9, 10 or 11 then you are allowed to 'Double.' This is a wager that your
next card will be sufficient to beat the dealer's as-of-yet-uncompleted hand.
Your wager is doubled but then so is the pay out if you win.
only covers your original bet. It does not cover any Double Down bet.