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The objective of Blackjack is to accumulate cards with total value as close to 21 as possible, without going over 21 (‘going bust’). A hands value can be determined by adding all the cards in your hand together. The value assigned to cards is as follows:
A tie between the player and the house is known as a ‘push’, and means that no one wins or loses. If the first two cards dealt are an Ace and any 10-point card, it is known as blackjack, and is an automatic win for the player at 1.5 to 1, unless the house ties.
How to play:
Options to choose from:
Stand:Clicking on the ‘STAND’ button will keep your hand at its current value. You may stand at any time, if you are satisfied with your hand. Click the ‘STAND’ button, and when the dealer has completed his hand, they will be compared.
Hit: If you wish to take another card, you may continue to do so until you either stand or go bust. Click on ‘HIT’ to be dealt the next card.
Double: If the first two cards dealt don’t equal 21, an option to ‘double’ will be displayed to you. Once this option is selected, the bet amount is automatically doubled, and you will be dealt one more card. The hand will auto-stand after the next card is dealt. Doubling is also availableas an option after splitting. If your game balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, the double option will not be offered.
If you lose the bet, you lose the entire bet amount, the initial bet, and the additional amount placed for the double option.
Split: If you have two cards of the same value (for example two 7s, two 10s, a King and a Jack, etc), you can click ’SPLIT’ to split the cards into two separate hands. This option is also available if you are dealt two Aces as your first two cards. Once this option is selected, an additional bet (equal to your original bet) is automatically placed.
You are only allowed to split once, even if more splitting opportunities arise. If the hand qualifies for a split, but your account balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, then the split option will not be offered.
You may draw as many cards as you wish on each split hand, with the exception of splitting on Aces. If you split Aces, only one card will be dealt to each split hand. If a 10-point card is dealt to either Ace, the hand is counted as 21, not blackjack.
Surrender: Surrender offers you as a player the choice to fold your hand, at the cost of half of the original bet. You must make the decision prior to taking any other action on the hand. For example, once you draw a third card, or split, or double down, surrender is no longer an option.
How to Play the Split Option:
Insurance: Insurance gives you a chance to protect yourself from the dealer’s blackjack. If the dealer's first card (the open card) is an Ace, you can choose to insure your hand against the dealer's blackjack by clicking on ‘INSURANCE’. Insurance costs 50% of the bet amount, and is in addition to the initial bet placed by you. Once you opt for insurance, the additional bet is automatically placed.
If the dealer has a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2:1, and you will lose the initial bet. If the dealer does not get a blackjack, you lose the insured bet and the game continues for the initial bet amount. Insurance is not offered to you if you get a blackjack.
If your hand qualifies for insurance, but your game balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, the insurance option will not be offered.
|Blackjack||A blackjack, or ‘natural’, comprises a total of 21 in your first two cards. A blackjack is therefore an Ace and any 10-point card, with the additional requirement that these be your first two cards. If you split a pair of Aces, for example, and then draw a ten-point card on one of the Aces, this will not count as blackjack, but rather a total of 21. Your blackjack beats any dealer total (including a dealer's regular 21) except a dealer's blackjack. If both you and the dealer have a blackjack, the hand is a tie or ‘push’, and nobody wins or loses.||1.5 to 1|
|(Normal win)||Your total is greater than dealer's, but less than or equal to 21.||1 to 1|
|Push||The totals of both your hand and that of the dealer are the same.||Your wager is returned.|
|Insurance||Offered on the dealer's Ace to insure your hand against the dealer receiving a blackjack. It costs 50% of the bet amount, in addition to the initial bet placed by you.||If the dealer gets a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2:1. You lose the initial bet.
If the dealer does not get a blackjack, you lose the insured bet, and the game continues for the initial bet amount.