Live Grand Blackjack Rules
Live Grand Blackjack is played with eight decks and follows the standard rules. Players need to try to build a hand of cards with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust. At the end of a round, if the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then they win.
The hand value is determined by the cards in it. Aces are worth 1 or 11, the picture cards Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10, and the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values. This means that 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is called Blackjack and it will beat all other hands, including those worth 21 but containing more than two cards. If a player draws 10 cards to their hand without going bust, it is known as a 10 Card Charlie and will beat all hands except Blackjack.
How a Round Works
Players place the main bet and any side bets they are interested in and then the cards are dealt. Each player receives two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up and one facedown. Players then take turns playing their hands and there are a number of standard options for each hand.
- Hit – The hand receives one more card, if it 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 there is the option to split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original. Split hands cannot be split again. If a player splits two Aces then just one more card is dealt to each hand. Furthermore, Blackjack cannot be formed with a split hand, only a hand worth 21. Doubling is available after a split.
When the initial cards are dealt, if the dealer is showing an Ace then players have the chance to place an Insurance side bet against the dealer having blackjack. The bet costs half of the original bet and it pays at 2:1; therefore, if the dealer does have blackjack no money will be lost on that hand.
It is the dealer’s turn after each player has played. 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
Perfect Pairs Side Bet
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out if the player’s 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 the first two cards dealt to the player combine with the dealer’s face-up card 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.
This feature allows players to join a full table and participate by betting on the hands and actions of one or more of the seated players. It is also possible to Bet Behind other positions when participating as a seated player.