Blackjack

HOW TO PLAY:

You play against the Dealer, and the object of the game is to get a higher card total, without going over 21.

Bets are placed on the marked area, after which two cards are dealt to each player and 1 card to the Dealer.  After the initial hand, you have four options:

  • Hit: Take an additional card, signaled by tapping the table.
  • Stand: When no additional cards are required, signaled by waving your hand horizontally over the table
  • Double Down:  You bet an additional amount that is equal to your original bet, and you will take only one additional card.  You simply place your additional bet within the marked area next to your original bet. You can only double down on 9-10-11 points.
  • Split a pair:  If your first two cards are a pair, you may split them into two hands with equal bets.  You do this by placing your second bet outside of the marked area.  The Dealer then splits your cards. You can split up to a maximum of two times (3 hands). If you split Aces (can only split once), in case you will receive a “picture” your hand is considered 21 points and not Blackjack.

The Dealer draws a card for himself when his total is 16 or less, and must stand if the total is 17 or more.

PAYOUTS

If your hand beats the Dealer’s, you are paid even money. If your total is the same as the Dealer’s, it’s a tie or a “push”. Your bet is simply returned to you.

You will “bust” or lose your bet when your hand’s total is over 21.

When the first two cards of any hand total 21 (e.g. Picture card or 10 + Ace), you get a Blackjack, the highest possible hand. If you get this, you are paid 3 to 2, unless the Dealer also gets a Blackjack.

If you get a Blackjack and the Dealer’s initial card is an ace, you have the option to get paid even money before the game commences.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

You have the option to surrender your hand after receiving your first two cards, but you will lose half of your bet. This option is not available if the Dealer’s first card is an ace.

When the Dealer’s first card is an Ace, you may place an Insurance bet of up to half of your original bet. The insurance bet pays 2 to 1 if the Dealer gets a Blackjack.  If the Dealer doesn’t get a Blackjack, you lose the Insurance bet.  If you get a Blackjack, and the Dealer doesn’t, you will be paid as normal, 3 to 2.

When you have an Ace and another card that is not a picture or a 10, you have the option of counting the Ace as 1 or 11. Thus, Ace + 5 = 6 or 16. This is called a Soft Total.  The Dealer must stand on a soft 17 or above, i.e. Ace + 6 = 17.