How to play American Blackjack
The dealer deals cards from a dealing box that contains 6 decks of cards that are shuffled after each round. Before the cards are dealt, the player places his bet by clicking on the chips with the value 1, 5, 25 or 100 until the desired bet is reached. Once the player has placed his bet, he needs to click on “Deal” or “Next” in order to continue. The round starts after the player placed his bet has clicked “Next”.
Once the cards are dealt, the placed bets cannot be changed anymore. During the game the player can increase his bet with the following options: “Double Down”, “Split” and “Insurance”. These options are offered to you after the cards have been dealt. The respective buttons for these moves are displayed in the lower centre of the screen. If it is, for example, possible to split two cards, the corresponding button is displayed. The player simply needs to click “Split” to split his hand.
Each player receives two face up cards. The dealer receives one face up card. Is the dealer’s face up card an ace or a card with the value of 10, the dealer first checks if he has a Blackjack with the other card. If the dealer has a blackjack, the player loses that hand and the game is over. In all other cases, the game will continue and players can pick up as many cards as they want until he decides to “Stay” or until he has exceeded the value 21. If a player has a Blackjack, a 10 or a face card along with an ace, he immediately receives 1.5 times his placed bet, unless the dealer also has a blackjack. In this case, a tie (“Push”) is present player will get his placed bet back.
If the player has placed all his bets, the dealer completes his hand. As long as the value of the dealer’s cards is 16 or less, he needs to pick up a card (“Hit”); once he has reached 17 or more, he stops. If the dealer exceeds the value of 21 (“Bust”), he has to pay all the players that are still in the game.
An ace can count as 1 or 11.
A “Hard hand” is a hand without an ace or a hand with an ace that is counted as 1. A hand with an ace, a 7 and a 9 is called a “Hard 17”.
A “soft hand” is a hand with an ace that counts as 11. A hand with an ace and a 6 is called a “Soft 17”.
“Doubling”: A player can choose the option to “Double” (Double Down) after he has received 2 cards. Thus his bet is automatically doubled and he receives another face up card. After that the player cannot pick up another card. The player can use the option “Double” for any first two cards.
“Splitting”: If the player receives a pair, with the exception of aces (for example, two five cards, two jacks, etc.), he can split the cards into two separate hands. If he chooses the option “Split”, another bet is placed automatically equal to the original bet. The two hands are now played independently, and the player can pick up as many additional cards for each of the two hands as he wants to. An exception are aces, where the player will only receive an additional card per hand. In addition, the player can not have a blackjack with split aces and the hand counts as a regular 21 instead. In this case, the blackjack of the dealer wins, and the dealer’s 21 is seen as a “Tie”. A blackjack with a split hand looses against the dealer’s blackjack. In this game, the hands cannot be split again.
“Insurance”: If the dealer is dealt an ace, the player can place an “insurance bet”. This bet is half of the initial bet and ensures that the player will not lose his bet, if there is a 10 or a face card under the dealer’s ace. If the face down card of the dealer is a 10 the player wins the insurance bet at odds of 2:1. If the face-down card of the dealer is a low-value card then the player loses his insurance bet and the hand continues as normal.
“Even money“: If the dealer has an ace and the player has a blackjack, the player is given the “Even money” option. When selecting this option, the player gets the same bet (1:1) for his blackjack without the dealer having to reveal his face-down card. Thus, the player protects himself against a possible blackjack of the dealer. In this case the player can continue playing without using the “even money” option. If the dealer has a different hand other than a blackjack, the player is paid the normal rate of 3:2 on his blackjack.
“Tie“: A tie (also called a “Push” or “Stand-off”) occurs when the cards of the dealer and the player have the same value. In this case, the bet of the player remains on the table.
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