How To Play
Blackjack Multihand 5 is played with six decks of cards and follows the standard Blackjack rules. This means that the aim of the game is to build a hand of cards as close in value to 21 as possible, but without exceeding it, which is known as going bust. At the end of a round if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
When forming a hand the number cards are all worth their face values, the face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth either 1 or 11. This means that you can form a hand of 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card, and this hand is called Blackjack. It is the strongest hand possible and beats all other hands, including those that equal 21 but that are comprised of different cards.
To start a round place your chips in the betting area of each hand that you want to play. You can play up to five hands at once but you can also play fewer if you wish. Once you are happy with your bets click on ‘Deal’ to receive the first two face-up cards to each of your active hands. At this point, the dealer will also receive two cards, one face up and one facedown.
For each of your hands you will be presented with a number of options. The three most basic options are ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. If you choose ‘Hit’ you will draw another card to that hand, choosing ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and if you select ‘Double’ your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to that hand and the game then moves on to the next hand.
Situations can arise where you will be offered more than just these options. For example, if the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1.
Another option is ‘Split’. This is offered if the first two cards in a hand have the same value. You can choose to split the hand in two and play them as independent hands. After you have played all of your hands the dealer will play his. The dealer must always draw to 16 and stand on all 17s. After the dealer has finished the winnings are calculated. It is possible to build a hand of 10 cards without going bust, this is called a 10-Card Charlie and it beats all hands other than Blackjack.
Winning hands are paid out at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which is paid at 3:2.