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Classic Blackjack

GAME FEATURES

  • Play 1 to 3 hands


OBJECTIVE

In Blackjack, the object of the game is to have a hand with a point value as close as possible to 21, without going over. You must have a point value closer to 21 than the dealer's hand in order to win.


Rules

  1. Dealer must draw to 16
  2. Dealer stands on soft 17
  3. Blackjack pays 3:2
  4. Insurance pays 2:1
  5. Even Money pays 1:1
  6. Double Down on any first two cards
  7. Double Down on Splits
  8. No re-splits


The Buttons

The player buttons include New Game, Repeat Bets, Bet All, Deal, Hit, Stand, Double Down and Split.

The player buttons appear whenever they can be used. For example, you can't use the Deal button until you have placed your bet.

Three bet circles enable you to play up to three hands at a time.

You can place bets by clicking the bet circles, and remove bets by holding the Shift key and left-clicking on the bet circle or by using the Clear Bets button which will remove all bets from the table.

For convenience, the value of the last chip clicked on the chip stack is held in memory (indicated with an arrow) and can be repeated without returning to the chip stack. Using the Repeat Bets button to repeat your last bet(s) will also auto-deal the cards.

Details on table limits and payouts can be viewed by mousing over the table card.

When playing multiple hands or splitting hands, you will take action on one hand at a time. An arrow appears to indicate the active hand.


Card Values

Aces can be used as either 1 or 11. Any hand that includes an ace has two values; a soft value and a hard value.

For example, if the hand is an ace-8, the hard value is 9 and the soft value is 19. This hand would be able to play as a 9 or 19.

The King, Queen, Jack and Ten are 10 points each; all other cards are worth their number values.

If the player's first two cards total 21 it's a natural Blackjack. Blackjack is the highest hand. When a hand totals 21 with 3 or more cards, this is not a Blackjack. It is simply called a "21 hand" and would lose against a dealer Blackjack hand. When a "21 hand" wins it pays 1:1.

Note: If you split a hand and the first two cards of a split hand total 21, the hand is not a Blackjack. It is a "21 hand".


Betting

  1. Click on your chip stack located in the lower left of the game window to select the desired bet amount.
  2. Click one or more of the Bet circles to place your initial bet(s). To remove a bet, hold the Shift key and left-click the chip(s) in the Bet circle.
  3. Click on the Deal button to have the cards dealt.
  4. Additional bets once the cards have been dealt include Double Down and Split bets, as well as options to take Insurance and Even Money (each is described below).


HOW TO PLAY

  • Place bets in one or more of the Bet circles and click the Deal button.
  • The initial 2 cards will be dealt to you and the dealer. One card is dealt to each hand you bet on, plus the dealer's first card face down. Then the second card is dealt to each of your hands, plus the dealer's second card which is dealt face up for you to see.
  • If the dealer's upcard is a 10 or an Ace, the following dealer actions will take place. If not, you will begin playing each of your hands. Your options include Hit and Stand, plus Double Down and Split in certain circumstances as described below.


One of the following 3 dealer actions will take place when the dealer's upcard is either a 10 or an Ace:

  1. Upcard is 10: Dealer checks for Blackjack
    If the dealer has a 10 showing, he will check for blackjack by "peeking" at his downcard and announcing "Checking for Blackjack". If the dealer does not have blackjack, the hand continues. If the dealer has blackjack and the player doesn't, the player loses the hand without continuing. In cases where both dealer and player have blackjack, a push is declared.
  2. Upcard is Ace: Dealer offers Insurance
    When the dealer's up card is an ace, and the player does not have blackjack, the player is offered "insurance" for each of the hands on the table. Taking insurance means the player makes a second bet (the value of which is half the original bet) that the dealer has blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack, the player loses their initial bet but is paid 2:1 on the insurance bet. If the dealer does not have blackjack, the insurance bet is lost and the hand is played out as normal.
  3. Upcard is Ace: Dealer offers Even Money
    If the dealer's up card is an Ace and the player has a blackjack, the player is offered "even money". Taking even money means the player believes the dealer also has blackjack and does not want to risk a push (tie). When taking even money, the player is instantly paid 1:1 for his Blackjack and play on the hand ends. The player gives up the normal 3:2 payoff, whether the dealer has blackjack or not.


For hands that continue after the dealer actions, any of the following conditions may apply for the player:

  1. Hit and Stand - On any hands where the player doesn't have a blackjack, the player may stand (refuse any further cards), or hit (take another card). A player can hit as often as desired until they select Stand or they exceed 21 (bust). When you bust, you immediately lose your bet regardless of the dealer's hand result.
  2. Double Down- You are willing to bet double your original bet that your hand can be won with just one more card. This is a common bet when the first 2 cards dealt have a total point value of 11.

    Double downs cannot be applied to a blackjack hand, and a player may only double down on their initial two cards. When a player doubles down, the original bet is automatically doubled (the additional bet is removed from player balance) and the player receives one more card.

    Note: You can also double down after splitting a pair.

  3. Split - If you are dealt two initial cards of the same value (such as two eights or a Jack and Queen), the hand can be split into two separate hands.

    When a hand is split, each card forms a new hand and is then played separately. The original bet amount is automatically removed from the player's balance and applied to the second hand.

    Note: If you split two Aces, only one more card will be dealt to each hand.

    A hand can only be split once meaning, if your third card was the same as the first two, it could not be used to create a third hand. A two card 21 total on a split is not a natural blackjack. If the hand does not push it will pay 1:1.


DEALER PLAY

After the player's final actions, the dealer's down card is revealed. If the dealer's hand is 16 or less, the dealer must continue to hit until reaching 17 or more. The dealer must stand on soft 17 (see Card Values) and cannot take additional cards.

If the dealer busts (exceeds 21), any player hands that haven't busted are winning hands.

When the dealer stands on 17 or greater and has a higher count than the player the dealer wins; if the player has the higher count the player wins.

If the player and the dealer have the same totals, it's a push (tie). Your bet is returned to you. When a player's hand busts, the player loses his bet for that hand regardless of the final dealer result.


PAYOUTS

WINNNING WAGER ODDS PAYOUT
Winning Hand 1:1
Blackjack 3:2
Insurance 2:1
Even Money 1:1


Betting Limits

View the table card for specific betting limits at the table you are playing.


Basic Strategy

Player often use the following strategy to assist them in deciding whether to Hit, Stand, Double, or Split. This strategy does not guarantee that the player will win but is used to improve the overall percentage of winning.

Basic Blackjack Strategy
PLAYER'S HAND DEALER'S UP CARD
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
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A
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D

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Up to 9 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 - 14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 - 16 S S S S S H H H H H
17-18-19-20-21 S S S S S S S S S S
S
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T

T
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A
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S
A2, A3 H H H D D H H H H H
A4 - A5 H H D D D H H H H H
A 6 H D D D D H H H H H
A 7 S D D D D S S H H H
A8 - A9 S S S S S S S S S S
P
A
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S
A A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
2 2 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
3 3 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
4 4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
5 5 NS D D D D D D D D H H
6 6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7 7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8 8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9 9 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP S S
10 10 S S S S S S S S S S


Game Options

Audio: You can turn on or off the the game audio using the speaker button in the bottom right corner of the game panel.

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