Players play Blackjack individually against the dealer usually with 6 packs of cards.
The object of the game is for the players cards total to beat the dealer's total without going over 21. It's similar to Pontoon but no five card tricks and special rules to buy a card or increase your bet.
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How to bet at a Blackjack table
Aces count 1 or 11, picture cards count 10, all other cards count their face value.
First Bet (Ante Bet)
Bets are placed by players in the centre of the square box usually corresponding
to their table position.
All players get two cards face up and the dealer gets one card face up and one face down.
'Blackjack' is a special combination of cards and is ONLY achieved if the first two
cards dealt score 21 this being an Ace with any 10 value card.
Players will be offered in turn to take as many additional cards as they wish until they think
they have a score closer to 21 than the dealer will achieve. The following special
options are available to the player ONLY after the first two cards have been dealt:-
'Splitting' your hand into two different hands is possible if your first two cards are
the same except for pairs of 4, 5, or 10's. To indicate you want to 'split' place your two cards
apart on the table and make an additional bet equal to your original one. The dealer will place
an additional card on each card creating two hands that you can then play. You are permitted to
split more than once if you wish. When Aces are split the player may only take one more card and
if the score of 21 is achieved this does NOT count as 'Blackjack'.
'Double Down' is allowed if the players first two cards total 9, 10 or 11 the player may
double their bet but they will ONLY draw one further card.
'Insurance' can be taken if you have blackjack and the dealers up card shows a ten value
or an ace. To do this you must bet half your original bet. If the dealer has Blackjack you will
win your insurance bet at the rate 2:1 and you stand off on your Blackjack hand. If the dealer
does not have blackjack you lose the insurance bet but get paid 3:2 for Blackjack.
After all the players have finished the dealer will reveal his hidden card and MUST draw more cards
whilst his score is 16 or under and MUST stop taking cards as soon as it is 17 or over.
These rules have been set according to the prevailing British gaming rules for Blackjack.
- Any player card total above 21 lose their bet.
- If the dealer card total is above 21 then all players with 21 or under win and paid even money
(players win the same amount as they bet).
- If the player card total is closer to 21 than the dealer then the player wins and paid even money.
- Any 'Blackjack' winning hands are paid 3:2 (player wins the amount bet plus an extra half).
- If the players total is lower than the dealers hand the player loses his bet.
- If the player and dealer tie it is a 'stand off' you neither win nor lose, including Blackjack.
Whilst it is similar to Pontoon or twenty one it is BLACKJACK so 5 card
tricks, burning, three seven's and so on have no significance in Blackjack but seeing as ours is a fun
environment we can adopt any such conditions if YOU prefer.