The Blackjack table is always one of the most popular in Casinos the world over. This exciting game owes its popularity to an intriguing mix of chance, skill, and decision making. Will you hit, stand, split, or double down?
HOW TO PLAY
- The object of Blackjack is to end with the point value of your cards equal to, or as close to, 21 as possible without going over, and beat the Dealer.
- All cards are counted at face value except for Kings, Queens, and Jacks, which count as 10. Depending on your hand, Aces can count as 1 or 11.
- If you score over 21, you lose the hand, even if your Dealer has also gone over 21.
- Place your bet. (All maximum and minimum table limits are posted at each table.) The Dealer will then give each player two cards face up.
- The Dealer, otherwise known as the House, also takes two cards, one face up and one down.
- If your first two cards total 21 you’ve got Blackjack! This pays 3 to 2.
- If the Dealer also has a Blackjack, you score a tie, otherwise known as a “push”, and keep your original wager.
- If on the first two cards you don’t draw Blackjack but feel your total might still beat the Dealer, you can choose to “stand” instead of drawing additional cards.
- However, if your score is lower, and you feel you need more cards to beat the Dealer, you can ask for more cards until you are satisfied with your point count. If you go over 21, you’re out.
- Once everyone at the table is happy with their point count, or is out, the Dealer will reveal the House’s hand by turning up the “down” card.
- If the House’s point count is 16 or less, the Dealer must draw additional cards until they reach 17 or over.
- At 17 points the Dealer compares the House’s total to the totals of everyone at the table. If the Dealer goes over 21, the House breaks. This simply means that anyone with 21 or less wins. Any winning bet that isn’t Blackjack pays even money.
- If your point score equals the Dealer you tie and keep your original wager.
- If your first two cards have the same value, eg. a pair of 4’s, you can split them into two separate hands.
- If you do split pairs, you must bet the same amount as your original wager on each hand.
- Then, continue playing on your first hand before playing the second.
- If you continue to draw cards of the same value, you can split your pairs up to 3 times to make four separate hands.
- However, if you split a pair of Aces, you will receive only one extra card on each hand. Aces can only be split once.
- If on your first two cards, or on the first two cards of any split pair, you feel you can win with only one additional card you can make an additional wager up to your original bet. The dealer will then give you only one extra card.
- Doubling Down isn’t allowed if your first two cards are Blackjack.
- If the Dealer’s “up card” is an Ace, the Dealer will offer to all players if they would like to buy insurance. Insurance is a bet of up to one-half of your original wager. This means that you are betting that the Dealer has a down, or “hole” card valued at 10.
- If this happens, and the “hole” card equals 10, Jack, Queen, or King, giving the House Blackjack, you will lose your original wager and win the insurance bet, which will pay 2 to 1. If the “hole” card is less than 10, all insurance wagers go to the house.