Blackjack is a very popular game that probably originated in 16th
Century France as vingt-et-un (20 and 1), hence its other name
"21". It gained the English name Blackjack since a player who held the
Ace of Spades (i.e. a Black spade) and the Jack of Spades as the first
two cards would be paid out extra, and the gambler's penchant for easy
rhymes took over (think "chuck-a-luck", "acey-duecy").
The object of the game is to get as close to 21 without going over
Players will place their wagers in the center of the betting circle
in front of their seat at the table. The dealer will then deal two cards,
face up, to each Player and two to himself, one face up and one face
Our Blackjack is a multi-hand game, meaning you can play up to 3 hands
at the same time. Simply place wagers in the betting circles to either
side of the center seat if you want to play additional hands. It makes
the game much more interesting and increases your chances of winning.
- Kings, Queens, Jacks, and 10's each count as 10.
- Aces count as 1 or 11, as a player wishes.
- All other cards count at their face value (i.e. 2 through 9).
If a Player’s first two cards are an Ace and a 10 value card, the
Player has Blackjack and will be paid one and one-half times the wager
(3-to-2), unless the Dealer also has Blackjack - in which case
it’s a push (bet neither paid nor taken). All other winning hands are
paid even money (1-to-1).
A Blackjack will beat a point total of "21". For example, an Ace and
a 10-value card will beat a 10, 5, 6 hand. Even though both hands total
21 points, the Blackjack wins.
The Player not having Blackjack may continue to draw cards attempting
to total as close to 21 as possible without exceeding 21. He is free
to stand at any point total or to ask for another card (a “hit”) at
any point total under 21. If the Player goes over 21, he busts and loses
Dealer must hit on all totals of 16 or less. Dealer must stand on
all totals of 17 or more.
Blackjack Terminology and Game Controls
Place a number of chips in the betting circle as a wager.
Place the same number of chips in the betting circle as you did for
the previous hand.
Play a hand of Blackjack for the wager placed in the betting circle.
Clicking "DEAL" starts the game and commits the wager to the outcome.
Request an additional card from the deck.
Take no additional cards.
The Player will match the original wager and split the first two cards
into two separate hands. The two cards must be of the same point value
(for example: a pair of 8's, a King and a Queen, etc.) For split hands,
an Ace and ten-point card equal to "21" and not Blackjack - in
other words, they don’t pay 3-to-2, but they will beat a Dealer hand
that has 20 points or less. Also, after splitting a pair of Aces, the
Player will draw only one card per Ace.
The “DOUBLE” button will become active after the first two cards have
been dealt to each hand. Players who feel confident that they are going
to win this hand can “Double Down” to earn twice as much if they do
win by clicking DOUBLE. Their original bet amount will be doubled automatically
and they will receive exactly one additional card. Double Down wagering
is not permitted on a Blackjack hand because you would automatically
bust when you received the additional card.
When the dealer's up card is an Ace, all Players have an opportunity
to buy "insurance", an additional amount equal to half of that Player's
original wager, before any further play begins. A Player may purchase
insurance when he/she believes that the dealer's down card is a ten
value card. If the Dealer has Blackjack, the insurance wager pays 2-to-1.
If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the insurance wager loses and
the game continues as usual.
Do not accept the insurance offered on this hand. If Pass is clicked
and the Dealer has Blackjack, the player loses his original wager and
play ends for this hand (unless Player also has Blackjack, in which
case it's a push). If Dealer does not have Blackjack, play for this
hand continues as normal.
Recently the blackjack game has changed. Not in the rules or gameplay, but in the regard of fairness. More information about playing a more fair game of blackjack, can be found here.