Blackjack is a popular modern casino game. It is a game between you and the dealer.

All about Blackjack

Blackjack is amongst the most popular and well recognized of modern casino games. It is a game between you and the dealer. During a game of Blackjack cards are dealt from a deck of cards called a shoe.

Traditionally a shoe may contain anything from one standard 52-card deck to 6 such decks. Our version of Blackjack is played exclusively with a single 52-card deck, as this offers you the best possible chances of winning.



How to Play Blackjack

You will be dealt two cards. The Dealer at the online gambling establishment will be dealt one card. In some casinos the Dealer is dealt two cards but only one is turned so that its value can be revealed. The card that remains face down is called the 'hole card.'

The object of Blackjack is to obtain a hand with the highest possible value without exceeding 21. All face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) have a value of ten and the Aces can have a value of one (1) or eleven (11).

If your initial two cards do not total 21 then you may request additional cards (called a 'Hit'). If your hand does not go bust (exceeds 21) and still does not equal 21 you may continue to request additional cards until your hand goes bust, reaches 21 or you decide to 'Stand' (Stay.) If you are dealt a Blackjack (an ace and a card of value ten) then the dealer will automatically lose unless his single card is an ace or a card of value ten. If you are dealt a Blackjack then he will not be allowed to draw further cards as he already has the best possible hand.

If you go bust the game is over and the dealer wins. Should you reach 21 or choose to Stand (Stay) the Dealer will draw another card. If the Dealer's hand is less then 17 in value the dealer must continue to draw cards until his hand's value equals 17 or more. In the event of the dealer not going bust the value of the dealer and your hands are then compared. If your hand is stronger the Casino will pay you twice the amount originally wagered. If you win on a Blackjack you will be paid out 2.5 times your original bet.

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Blackjack features

The Increase button and Decrease button are used to adjust the size of your bet. The bet size can only be changed between games.
The Deal button starts a new game of Blackjack.
The Hit button deals you another card.

The Stand button (sometimes called the 'Stay' button) ends your hand and moves the game onto the next phase be it the completion of the dealer's hand or of your second hand (in the case of a split.)

The Split button is only available if the first two cards dealt in your hand have the same denomination (i.e. are both Aces or Jacks or fours.) The Split button causes this single hand to be split into two separate hands, that are then played out as normal Blackjack hands. Please note that if you split a pair of Aces and then receive a card of value 10 this is not considered to be a Blackjack (but still has a value of 21)

The Double button doubles your wager on your current hand. Once you choose to Double you will only receive one more card. You will only be allowed to Double if the value of your hand prior to Doubling is 9, 10 or 11. This is essentially a wager on your next card being sufficient to beat the dealer's hand.

The Insurance button is only available when the Dealer's first card is an Ace. Insurance is a bet against the Dealer getting Blackjack. The Insurance bet costs half your original bet and will pay out 2 to 1 if the dealer gets Blackjack.

Playing Blackjack

Blackjack at the Casino is easy. Upon starting the Blackjack game for the first time you will be presented with the Blackjack table. The default minimum bet will already be placed on the table.

You can increase or decrease the amount you wish to wager with the Increase and Decrease buttons. The size of the column of Casino chips will change as you do this.

Once you have decided on the size of your bet you can start the game. Click on the 'Deal' button.
The Dealer will deal you two cards and deal himself one card.
As soon as the last card is dealt you will be able to decide whether to Hit (take another card) or Stand (Stay).
If your first two cards dealt to you are an Ace and a card of value ten then you have Blackjack and unless the dealer has an Ace or Ten you automatically win the game and are paid out 2.5 times your original bet.

If you draw another card (hit) and the value of your hand now exceeds 21 then you have gone 'bust' and have lost this hand. You may play again by clicking on the 'Deal' button.

If you are satisfied with your hand press the 'Stand' (Stay) button to end the game. The dealer will now draw cards until his hand exceeds or equals 17 in value. If the dealer's hand exceeds 21 you win because the dealer has gone 'bust.' If the dealer's hand exceeds 17 in value but is less than 21 the value of the two hands are compared and the stronger hand wins. If your hand is stronger than the dealer's you receive double your wager back. If not, you lose your wager and can play again. However, to be ahead of the dealer, make sure you know the rules and strategies for blackjack.

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