Live Royale Blackjack Rules
Live Royale Blackjack follows the standard rules of the game and takes no time to get to grips with. It is played with eight decks of cards that are shuffled together. Players need to build a hand of cards that has a value as near to 21 as possible but without going over 21, which is called going bust. A player wins as long as his/her hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is at the end of the round.
The hand values are easy to understand. The number cards 2 to 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 it is possible to make 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This hand is called Blackjack and it beats all other hands, including those with a value of 21 but containing more than two cards. If a player draws 10 cards to their hand without going bust, it is called a 10 Card Charlie and will beat all hands except Blackjack.
How a Round Works
At the start of a round players place their bets together with any side bets that interest them. Each player then receives two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up and one facedown. Players then take turns playing their hands and will be presented with a number of options:
- Hit – Another card is dealt to the hand, if the hand does not 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 a player’s first two cards have an identical value then they may be split into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original. Split hands cannot be split. 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 cards are first dealt, if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then players will have the option to place an Insurance side bet against the dealer having Blackjack. The bet costs half of the initial bet and if the dealer has Blackjack it pays at 2:1, ensuring that no money is lost for that hand.
When all players have had their turn, 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 3:2. If a player ties with the dealer then the bet is returned as a push.
Side Bets and Features
If a table is full then a player can join in with the action using the Bet Behind feature. It allows players to bet on a seated player’s hand, but without being able to make any decisions. It is possible to Bet Behind multiple positions simultaneously and seated players can also Bet Behind other players.
21+3 Side Bet
The 21+3 side bet is won 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 is won 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.