How To Play
As with most Blackjack games, the aim of the game is to build a hand of cards that is as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. As long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won the round.
When playing Blackjack the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards (King, Queen and Jack) are all worth 10 and the Aces are worth either 1 or 11. This means that you can form 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card, this is called Blackjack and it will beat all other hands.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet and any side bets that you wish to play (these are explained below). When you click on ‘Deal’ you will receive your first two face-up cards and the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown. You then have three main options, ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. If you select ‘Hit’ it will draw another card to the hand, selecting ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and if you choose ‘Double’ your bet will be doubled, you’ll receive one more card and the dealer will then play his round. After you have finished playing your hand then the dealer plays his. The dealer will always draw to 16 and stand on all 17s.
In some situations you are given more options. If your first two cards have the same value then you can ‘Split’ them into two separate hands and play them individually. However, you can only draw one card to split Aces and a split hand with an ace and a 10 card is considered 21, not Blackjack.
When the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you can take out ‘Insurance’ against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1.
It is possible to draw 10 cards without going bust. If you do this then it is called a 10 Card Charlie and you automatically win unless the dealer has Blackjack.
Winning hands are paid at 2:1 except for Blackjack, which is paid out at 3:2.
The game offers a number of side bets, Player’s Pair, Dealer’s Pair, and 21+3.
The Pairs side bets is on the player’s or the dealer’s first two cards forming either a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two cards of the same suit and value, a Coloured Pair is two cards of the same value and colour, but from different suits, a Red/Black Pair is two cards of the same value but different suits and colours. The Perfect Pair pays at 25:1, the Coloured Pair pays at 12:1 and the Red/Black Pair pays at 6:1.
The 21+3 side bet pays if your initial two cards and the dealer’s first card combine to form a Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Straight Flush or Suited Three of a Kind combination. A Suited Three of a Kind pays 100:1, a Straight Flush pays 40:1, a Three of a Kind pays 30:1, a Straight pays 10:1 and a Flush pays 5:1.