Beat the Dealer in the Casino Classic
Blackjack is the most popular casino card game in the world. It is easy to learn, it offers fast-paced action, the chance of huge winnings and never ending excitement.
The game is played with six decks of cards and the idea is to build a hand of cards that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand but without exceeding 21. Players win a round as long as their hand is worth more than the dealer’s is. Blackjack takes its name from the most valuable hand, an Ace and a Face card. A great feature of the game is that you can play up to five hands at the same time and therefore have five times the chances of winning.
To start a round simply select the chip value that you want to play with from the left hand side of the table and place them in the ‘Bet’ area of each hand that you want to play. After placing your bets click on ‘Deal’. You will then receive two face-up cards to each active hand and the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown.
For each hand you then have the choice to ‘Double’, ‘Hit’ or ‘Stand’. Clicking on ‘Double’ will double your bet for that hand. If you want to draw another card to the hand then click on ‘Hit’ and if you want to leave the hand as it is then click on ‘Stand’.
In Blackjack numbered cards are worth their face value, Face cards are worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 or 11.
After you have finished playing all of your hands, the dealer’s facedown card will be revealed and the hand played. The dealer will always draw cards until their hand is worth at least 16 and will stand once the hand is worth 17 or more. You will then be paid out for any winning hand.
After a round you can start a ‘New Game’, ‘Rebet and Deal’ (place the same bet and deal the cards), or just ‘Rebet’.
To make the game even more fun there are a few additional scenarios that can give more betting opportunities. If your first two cards are the same you can split them into two separate hands and increase your winning chances. If the dealer’s visible card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against him having Blackjack. Insurance is equal to half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack you are paid at 2:1.
If you manage to build a hand of 10 cards without going bust it is called a 10 Card Charlie and your hand will automatically win unless the dealer has Blackjack.
All winning hands are paid out at 1:1 unless you have Blackjack, this pays out at 3:2.