In 6 Card Charlie Blackjack, the objective of the game is to achieve a hand with a point value as close as possible to 21 without going over the 21 and busting. In order to win, the point value of your hand has to be closer to 21 than the dealer's. Also, if you hit on a hand and manage to collect 6 cards without going over 21, your hand will be paid exactly the same odds as you would be paid for in a Blackjack hand – 3:2.
1. The Dealer has to draw a two-card point value of up to 16
2. The Dealer stands on a soft 17
3. Blackjack pays 3:2
4. 6 Card Charlie itself pays 3:2
5. Insurance pays 2:1
6. Even Money pays 1:1
7. You can Double Down on 9, 10 or 11
8. You cannot split on 4s, 5s or 10-value cards
9. You can only split once per hand
The player's buttons include New Game, Repeat Bets, Bet All, Deal, Hit, Stand, Double Down and Split and are displayed whenever they are an option, as in the Deal button won't appear until you have placed your bet.
The three betting circles give you the option of playing up to three separate hands per game.
By clicking on the betting circles you can place your bets and you can also remove any bets by either holding down the Shift key and left-clicking on the bet circle or by clicking on the Clear Bets button which removes all the bets you placed from the table.
The value of the last chip you clicked on in the chip stack is memorized for the sake of convenience, so this same value will be repeated without your having to return to the chip stack. You can also use the Repeat Bets button to repeat your last bet and this will also automatically re-deal the cards.
By holding your mouse over the card marked Table Limits at the top right of the table, you can see the betting limits and payouts for the game displayed.
If you are playing more than one hand or are splitting hands, an arrow will appear to indicate which one is the active hand and you will play one hand at a time.
The aces can be valued as either 1 or 11 points. Any hand with an ace has one of two values; a soft value and a hard value.
As an example: if the hand dealt reveals an Ace and a 6, then the hard value of the hand is 7 and the soft value is 17, so this hand can b playede as either a 7 or 17.
The King, Queen, Jack and Ten are each worth 10 points and all remaining cards are worth their actual face values, bar the Ace which counts a either 1 or 11.
When the point value of the first two cards dealt to the player totals 21, this is called a natural Blackjack, Blackjack being the highest hand. When the point value of a hand of 3 cards or more totals 21, it is denominated a "21" and is not a Blackjack. A "21" will always lose against a Dealer latterly revealing a Blackjack hand. The payout on a winning "21 hand" is 1:1.
NB: In this variation of Blackjack, if you split a hand and the first two cards of either of the split hands total 21, it is not considered a Blackjack, it is a "21 hand".
1. To select the amount you want to bet, just click on your chip stack on the lower left-hand side of the game window and select the desired betting amount.
2. To place your initial bet/s, click one or more of the Betting circles. Any time you want to remove a bet, just hold down the Shift key and left-click the chip/s you want to remove in the Bet circle.
3. To have the cards dealt, just click on the Deal button.
4. Once the cards have been dealt, further bets that can be placed by betting on Double Down and Split bets, along with the player having the options of taking Insurance and Even Money, all of which are explained below.
One of the following three dealer actions will take place if the dealer's face up card is either a 10 point value card or an Ace:
1. Face up card is 10: Dealer checks for Blackjack
If the dealer's card displays a 10 point value card, the dealer will sneak a look at his first face down card to see if he is holding a blackjack and call "Checking for Blackjack". When the dealer does not have a blackjack, the hand continues play. When the dealer holds a blackjack on the first two cards and the player doesn't, the player automatically loses the hand and play stops. When both the dealer and the player have been dealt blackjacks, the dealer declares a push/tie.
2. Face Up Card is an Ace: the Dealer offers Insurance
When the dealer's face up card is an ace and the player's first two cards do not show a blackjack, the player is offered "insurance" for each hand he is playing on the table. By taking insurance, the player is making a second bet (which is half the value of the original bet) on the dealer holding a blackjack. If the dealer does have blackjack, the player will lose his initial bet/s but is paid at 2x1 on his insurance bet. If the dealer does not have a blackjack, the insurance bet is lost and the hand is played through normally.
3. Face Up Card is an Ace: the Dealer offers Even Money
If the dealer's face up card is an Ace and the player's two cards show blackjack, the player is offered "even money". By taking even money, the player considers that the dealer could also have a blackjack and therefore does not want to risk a push/tie. When a player takes even money, he is immediately paid at 1x1 for his Blackjack and the play on that hand stops. Whether the dealer has a blackjack or not, by taking even money, the player is renouncing the normal 3x2 blackjack payout.
In all hands that continue play after the dealer actions, any one of the following conditions can apply to the player:
1. Hit and Stand - In any of the hands where the player doesn't show a blackjack, the player may stand (refusing any more cards) or hit (take another card.) A player can hit as often as he wants until he selects Stand or he busts by going over 21. When you go over 21, your bet is lost automatically, regardless of the result of the dealer's hand.
2. Double Down – Here you're betting double your initial bet that, with just one more card, your hand will be the winning hand. This bet is generally made when the first 2 cards dealt to the player have a total point value of 11.
Double downs are not applicable to a blackjack hand and a player can only double down on the first two cards dealt. If a player doubles down, the original bet is doubled automatically, with this additional amount being removed from the player's balance and the player being dealt another card.
NB: You can also double down on a split pair.
3. Split - If the value of the two initial cards is the same/equal - as in a pair of eights or a pair of Kings - the hand can be split into two separate hands.
In a split hand, each card constitutes a new hand and is therefore played separately. The original amount bet on the first hand is applied to the second hand and this amount is automatically removed from the player's balance.
NB: If two Aces are split, only one more card can be dealt to each hand.
A hand can only be split once so that, if your third card happens to be the same face value as the first two, the player cannot use it to split again and create a third hand. A two card 21 total on a split is not a considered a natural blackjack and if the hand does not push/tie, it will pay out 1:1.
After the player has finished all actions on his hand/s, the dealer's hidden (face down) card is displayed. If the dealer's hand adds up to 16 or less, the dealer must continue to draw until reaching 17 or above. The dealer has to stand on a soft 17 (see Card Values) and can draw no further card.
If the dealer busts and exceeds 21 points, any of the player's hands that have not busted are winning hands.
When the dealer stands on a 17 or on a higher point level and holds a higher point value than the player's hand, the dealer wins: if the player has the higher point value, then the player wins.
Should both the player's and the dealer's cards come to the same point value, it is a push/tie and your initial bet is returned to you. When a player's hand busts, the player loses his bet for that hand regardless of the dealer's result.
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Check the table's card to see the specific betting limits of the table you are playing at.
Audio: The game's audio can be turned on or off by clicking on the speaker button at the bottom right-hand corner of the game panel.