How To Play
The aim of the game is to build a hand ofcards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. If, at the end of a round, your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won that round.
In Blackjack, Aces are worth 1 or 11, the face cards are all worth 10 and the numbered cards are worth their face values. The best possible hand that you can put together is called Blackjack; it is when you form 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card.
The game will allow you to play up to three hands simultaneously. To start a round you need to place your bets in the betting areas of the hands that you wish to play. At this point, you can also place the Magic Seven side bet. Next, you click on ‘Deal’ to receive the first two cards to each of your hands. Simultaneously, the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown. Then for each of your hands you have the choice of ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’.
If you choose ‘Hit’ then another card will be drawn to the hand, if you choose ‘Stand’ then the hand will remain as it is and play will move on, if you choose ‘Double’ then your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to that hand, and then play will move on. When you have finished playing your hands then the dealer will play his.
Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack pays out at the standard Blackjack rates, 2:1 for all winning hands, except Blackjack, which pays at 3:2.
Features and Side Bets
The game offers a number of features that are standard to Blackjack. If your first two cards in one hand have the same value then you can ‘Split’ them and play them as two separate hands. If you see that the dealer has received a face-up Ace card then you can choose to take out insurance against him having Blackjack. This will cost you half of your original bet and if the dealer then does have Blackjack, it pays out at 2:1 so that you break even.
Theoretically, it is possible for you to draw 10 cards without going bust. If this happens, it is called a 10-Card Charlie and it will always win unless the dealer has Blackjack.
The game comes into its own thanks to the Magic Seven side bet. The aim of the bet is to collect trophies. Trophies can appear at random on dealt cards and if you collect two or more trophies from a single round, or from multiple consecutive rounds, then you will win a payout. Furthermore, if you collect just one trophy, then the Magic Seven side bet will be placed again in the next round at no extra cost to you. Best of all, you can also collect trophies from the dealer’s cards.
If you collect three trophies in a row it pays at 1:1, four trophies pays 7:1, five trophies pays 14:1, six trophies pays 24:1, seven trophies pays 70:1, and if you can collect 7 trophies in just two rounds then you will win a massive 7777:1!