Live Blackjack Italiano Rules
Live Blackjack Italiano is played according to the standard rules. It uses eight decks of cards that are shuffled together and the aim of the game is for players to put together a hand of cards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but not more than 21, which is known as going bust. At the end of a round, if the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand is, then the player wins.
The cards within a hand determines its values. Aces are worth 1 or 11, the face cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings) are all worth 10, and the number cards 2 through 10 are worth their face values. Therefore, 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is called Blackjack, it is the strongest possible hand and it beats all other hands, including those that are worth 21 but contain more than two cards. Theoretically, a player can draw 10 cards without going bust. If this happens then they will always win, unless the dealer has Blackjack.
How a Round Works
Players need to place their main bets and any side bets they are interested in at the start of a round. The dealer then gives each player two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up card and one facedown. There are then four possible options for the hand:
- Hit – The hand receives an additional card; if the hand does not go bust then the option is available again.
- Stand – The hand remains as it is and play moves on.
- Double – The main bet is doubled, one more card is dealt to the hand and play moves on.
- Split – If the first two cards have the same value then they can be separated into two hands by placing a second bet equal to the first. Split hands may not be split again. If Aces are split then each one receives just one more card. Furthermore, a split hand cannot form Blackjack, an Ace and a 10 will be counted as 21. Doubling is available after a split.
When the cards are first dealt, if the dealer is showing an Ace then players have the option to place an Insurance bet against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of the original bet and if the dealer goes on to have Blackjack then it pays at 2:1, ensuring players will not lose money for that hand.
The dealer plays after all players have completed their hands. 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 3:2.
Side Bets and Features
The 21+3 side bet wins if the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s face-up card combine 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 the player’s initial 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.
This feature allows players to join a full table and participate by following the actions of the main players and making bets on their hands. It is possible to Bet Behind on multiple positions simultaneously. It is also possible to Bet Behind other positions when participating as a main player.