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Single Deck Blackjack Game Rules

Betting chips are stacked in denominations of $1, $5, $25, $100, and $500 along the table where the following abbreviations may be used:

  • 1K = 1,000
  • 1M = 1,000,000
  • 1B = 1,000,000,000

Clicking on a bet chip will move one of those chips into the bet stack at the center of the table. Clicking on the bet stack itself will remove the last placed chip. Clicking Pull Bets will clear the bet stack completely. To play, the bet stack amount must be between $1 and $100. Clicking Deal begins the game.

Card Values

Aces can be worth 1 or 11 points each depending on what makes a better hand. The King, Queen, Jack and ten are worth 10 points each. All other cards are worth their face value. If the first two cards dealt to a hand total 21 then the hand has Blackjack. Blackjack is the highest hand.

Playing

The object of the game is for the player to have a hand total greater than that of the dealer without going over 21 (busting). The dealer and player are dealt two cards each. Both player cards are dealt face up, but the dealer's first card is dealt face down while the second is dealt face up.

After the initial deal, if the dealer's face up card has a value of 10 then the dealer will check for Blackjack by "peeking" at the dealer's face down card. If the dealer does not have blackjack (i.e, the face down card is not an ACE) then the hand continues. If the dealer does have blackjack then game play is over. In the event that both the dealer and the player has blackjack the hand is a push (tie), otherwise if only the dealer has Blackjack then the dealer wins.

After the initial deal, if the dealer's face up card is an ACE and the player does not have Blackjack then insurance is offered. Taking insurance means that a side bet is made as to whether the dealer has blackjack. The value of the side bet is half the original hand bet. If after taking insurance the dealer has blackjack, the original hand bet is lost but the insurance side bet pays 2 to 1. If the dealer does not have blackjack then the insurance side bet is lost and the hand is played out as normal.

After the initial deal, if the dealer's face up card is an ACE and the player does have Blackjack then even money is offered. Taking even money means that the player is paid 1 to 1 on the hand bet whether or not the dealer has Blackjack. Regardless of whether even money is taken or not play on the hand ends.

For hands that continue after the dealer actions, any of the following options may be available:

  1. Stand - On any hand with a value less than 21, the player can stand (refusee any further cards).
  2. Hit - On any hand with a value less than 21 the player can hit hit (accept another card). The player can hit as often as desired until the player either stands or busts (exceeds the maximum hand value of 21). When the hand busts the bet is immediately lost regardless of the dealer's hand result.
  3. Double Down - On any player hand with exactly two cards the player can double down. During a double down the original bet is doubled and the hand receives one additional card before automatically standing.
  4. Split - On any player hand with two cards of the same value (such as two eights or a Jack and Queen) the hand can be split into two separate hands. When a hand is split, each card is separated into it's own hand and is dealt an additional card to form two new hands that are then played separately. The original bet amount is applied to the second hand automatically by creating a second bet stack. If Aces are split only one more card will be dealt to each hand before automatically standing. A hand can only be split once. A two-card 21 total on a split hand is not a natural blackjack and will only pay even money.
  5. Surrender - On any non-split player hand with two cards the hand can be surrendered. In this case the hand is over and the player forfeits half of the original bet while keeping the other half.

Winning

After all player hands are completed the dealer's down card is revealed. If the dealer's hand is 16 or less the dealer must continue to hit until reaching 17 or more. The dealer must stand on all 17s and cannot take additional cards.

If the dealer busts then player hands that have not busted win. If the dealer doesn't bust then hand totals are compared between the dealer hand and non-busted player hands. If the dealer and player hand totals are the same then the game is a push and the player is returned their original bet. Otherwise the player is paid 1 to 1 if the hand total is greater than that of the dealer's hand total.

Clicking Re-Bet after a game is over begins a new hand with the previously selected bet amount. Clicking Change Bet after a game is over takes the player back to the betting state where new betting amounts can be selected.

Malfunction voids all pays and play.

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11-17-2017 06:22 pm - US/Eastern