Live Deutsches Blackjack Rules
Live Deutsches Blackjack is an eight-deck game that follows the standard rules. The aim is to put together a hand of cards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without going over 21, which is called going bust. At the end of the round, if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is, then you have won.
Understanding a hand value is very easy. The number cards 2 through 10 are worth their face values, the picture cards (Jack, Queen, King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that 21 can be made with two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is called Blackjack and it will beat all other hands. There is one other important hand type. If you successfully draw 10 cards to your hand without going bust it is called a 10 Card Charlie and it beats all hands except for Blackjack.
How a Round Works
You need to place the main bet at the start of a round and if you wish, the side bets as well. Each player then receives two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up card. When it is your turn to play there are four possible options:
- Hit – Draw another card to your hand; if you don’t go bust then the option is available again.
- Stand – The hand remains as it is and play moves on to the next player.
- Double – Your main bet is doubled, one more card is dealt and play moves on.
- Split – If your 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 hand 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 dealt, if the dealer’s card is an Ace then you will have the chance to place an Insurance bet. This costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack, then you will be paid out at 2:1, ensuring that you do not lose money for that hand.
When all players have finished it is the dealer’s turn. The dealer will draw the 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.
All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
Side Bets and Features
Player Pair Side Bet
The Perfect Pairs bet pays out if your first two cards form one of three types 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.
21+3 Side Bet
The 21+3 side bet pays out if your 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.
You can use this feature to bet on other players seated at the table (even if you don’t have a seat yourself). It allows you to bet on their hand, but not control the actions. You can even Bet Behind multiple positions simultaneously.