Live Privée Blackjack Rules
Live Privée Blackjack is played with eight decks or cards and will be immediately familiar to all Blackjack players. The aim of each round is to build a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust. Players will win as long as their hand is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s is at the end of the round.
When calculating a hand’s value, the number cards 2 through 10 are worth their face values, the picture cards Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. Therefore, it is possible to form 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is known as Blackjack and it beats all other hands, including those worth 21 but comprised of more than two cards. If a player builds a hand of 10 cards without going bust, it is called a 10 Card Charlie and will beat all hands except Blackjack.
How a Round Works
Players first need to place their main bets together with any side bets that interest them. The dealer then deals each player two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up and one facedown. Each player then takes a turn playing their hand and will be presented with a number of options.
- Hit – An additional card is dealt to the hand, 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.
After the initial cards have been dealt, if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then there is the option to place an Insurance side bet. The bet costs half of the main bet and if the dealer goes on to have Blackjack then it pays out at 2:1, ensuring that players will not lose any money for that hand.
The dealer plays when all players have finished. 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
If there are no seats available at a table, players can Bet Behind one of the other players. This means that they will follow all of their actions but cannot make decisions. It is possible to Bet Behind multiple players and it is also possible to Bet Behind other players when seated at a table.
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.
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.