How To Play
Live Deutsches Blackjack is played according to the standard Blackjack rules. The game uses eight decks of cards shuffled into a shoe. The aim of a round is to build a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust. At the end of the round, players win if their hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand is.
The hand value is determined by the cards it contains. The number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values, Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is called Blackjack and it the best possible hand. It will beat all other hands including those worth 21 that are comprised of more than two cards. The only other hand players need to know about is a 10 Card Charlie. Theoretically, it is possible to draw 10 cards without going bust; this hand will beat all hands except for Blackjack.
After placing bets at the beginning of the round, each player receives two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up card. Players then have three options for their hands. They can Hit, which means they receive another card, they can Stand, which means the hand stays as it is, or they can Double, which means their bet is doubled, they receive one more card and then play moves on.
Once all the players have finished it is the dealer’s turn. They will draw their second card and then must draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
When the dealer has finished, players are paid out for any winning hands. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
On occasion players will have more options than those described above. If a player’s first two cards have the same value then the cards may be Split into two separate hands (this requires doubling the bet). The hands can then be played individually but there are some additional rules. It is not possible to form Blackjack with a split hand, an Ace and a 10 card will count as 21. If a player splits a pair of Aces then each hand will receive just one more card.
If the dealer’s first card is an Ace then players have the option to place an Insurance side bet. The bet costs half of the original bet and it pays at 2:1 if the dealer later has Blackjack. This way, players will not lose any money for that hand.
There are also two side bets available in Live Deutsches Blackjack that give players the chance of even more winnings.
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays is on the player’s first two cards forming one of three kinds of pairs, a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two identical cards and it pays out at 25:1, a Coloured Pair is two cards that have the same colour and value but come from different suits and it pays out at 12:1, a Red/Black pair is two cards that have the same value but different suits and colours and it pays out at 6:1.
The 21+3 side bet is on the first two cards dealt to a player combining with the dealer’s face-up card to form a poker hand. It pays out as follows: a Suited Three of a Kind pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 40:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 30:1, a Straight pays out at 10:1 and a Flush pays out at 5:1.
If three are no seats available at the table then players can use the Bet Behind feature. This gives players the chance to bet on the actions of one or more of the seated players. Those who have a seat at a table can also use the Bet Behind and bet on other players at the table.