Live Alexandrite Blackjack Rules
Live Alexandrite Blackjack follows the standard rules. The game is played with eight decks of cards shuffled into the shoe, and the aim of the game is to build a hand of cards with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust. As long as the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is, then the player wins.
Hand values are simple to calculate. The number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face value, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. The game takes its name from the best possible hand, two cards that have a total of 21, an Ace and a 10 card. Blackjack beats all other hands, including those that are worth 21 but contain more than two cards.
How a Round Works
At the start of each round, players place their main bet and any side bets that they wish to place. When the betting is over, the dealer dealers two face-up cards to each player and one face-up card and one facedown to themselves. There are then a number of possible options for the 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 they can be split into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original. Split hands may not be split again. If two Aces are split 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 but if a player splits and doubles and the dealer’s first card is an Ace and the dealer gets Blackjack then both bets are lost. If the dealer’s first card is a 10 and the dealer gets Blackjack then the Double bet is returned to the player.
If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then the player can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of the original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then players are paid double the insurance bet.
When all players have finished, 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.
Theoretically, a player can draw 10 cards without going bust. If this happens then they will always win, unless the dealer has Blackjack.
All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
Side Bets and Features
The Perfect Pairs bet is won if your initial two cards or the dealer’s first 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.
The 21+3 side bet is on the two cards dealt to you and the dealer’s face-up card combining 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 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.