Vegas Blackjack Rules
For the most part, Vegas Blackjack follows the standard rules of the game. It is played with six decks of cards that have been shuffled together and the aim of the game is to build a hand (or hands) of cards that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand, but without exceeding 21 and going bust. At the end of a round, as long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you will win.
In Blackjack the number cards (2 through 10) are worth their face value, face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. The game takes its name from the best possible hand, two cards that have a total of 21, an Ace and a 10 card. Blackjack beats all other hands, including those that are worth 21 but contain more than two cards.
The game has a few twists in the rules when it comes to Doubling Down and there is a slightly different payout for Blackjack. Read on to learn all about it!
How a Round Works
To start a round, you first need to place your bets on any of the five hand positions that you wish to play and at the same time you can place any side bets that you are interested in. When you have placed your bets click on ‘Deal’. You will then receive two face-up cards to each hand position while the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown.
You will play each hand in turn and for each one there are three basic options, Hit, Stand and Double. If you choose to Hit then another card is dealt to the hand and as long as you do not go bust you can Hit again if you so wish. If you choose Stand then the hand remains as it is and play moves on to the next hand or the dealer. If you choose Double, your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to the hand, and then play moves on.
In Vegas Blackjack, if the dealer is showing an Ace, you choose to Double and the dealer then has Blackjack, then you will receive your Double bet back!
Furthermore, if the dealer is showing an Ace then you can choose to 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 (ensuring you do not lose money for that hand).
The final option you may have is to Split. If your two initial cards have the same value then they can be split into two hands and played independently. The hands are played just like any other unless you have split two Aces, in which case you will receive just one more card to each hand.
When you have finished playing all of your hands, the dealer will play. The dealer must draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and they will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 6:5.
Side Bets and Features
The 21+3 side bet is on the two cards dealt to you and the dealer’s face-up card combining to form a poker hand. It pays 100:1 for a Suited Three of a Kind, 40:1 for a Straight Flush, 30:1 for Three of a Kind, 10:1 for a Straight and 5:1 for a Flush.
The Perfect Pairs bet is won if your initial two cards or the dealer’s first two cards form 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.
To speed up the action you can turn on Turbo Mode in the settings menu and this will allow you to enjoy even more Blackjack action.