How To Play
Live Privée Blackjack is an eight deck game that follows the standard rules. The aim of the game is to build a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust. At the end of a round, as long as the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is, the player wins.
The hand values are very easy to determine. Aces count as 1 or 11 (whichever is most beneficial), the face cards Jacks, Queens, and Kings are all worth 10, and the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values. Blackjack is the name of the best possible hand, an Ace and a 10 card, as this forms 21 with the fewest possible cards. It will beat all other hands, including those worth 21 but with more than two cards. If a player manages to build a hand of 10 cards without going bust, it is called a 10 Card Charlie and it beats all hands except for Blackjack.
At the beginning of a round players need to place the main bet. They can also place the side bets if they so wish. The dealer then deals two face-up cards to each player while the dealer receives one face-up card and one facedown. The players then take turns playing their hands and will be presented with three main options: Hit, another card is dealt to the hand, Stand, leave the hand as it is and play moves on, and Double, double the bet, receive one more card, and then play moves on.
The dealer plays after all players have finished. The dealer must draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
When the dealer has finished, players are paid out for any winning hands. 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.
While Hit, Stand and Double are the main options, in some situations players will have more choices. If a player’s first two cards have the same value then a player can split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal in value to the main bet. The hands can then be played as regular hands with a few small differences. If the player split Aces then only one more card is dealt to each hand and it is not possible to form Blackjack. Instead, an Ace and a 10 card will count as 21. It is not possible to Split a split hand, but Double will be available.
When the first cards are dealt, if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then players can place the Insurance side bet. The bet costs half of the main bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then players are paid at 2:1, which means that they won’t lose money for that hand.
Upon opening the game, if there are no seats available at the table then players can use the Bet Behind feature. This allows players to bet on a seated players hand but without making any decisions. It is possible to Bet Behind multiple players simultaneously and it is also possible to Bet Behind other players when seated at a table.
Live Privée Blackjack also offers two side bets, the 21+3 and the Perfect Pairs. The 21+3 side bet wins if the player’s first two cards combine with the dealer’s face-up card to form a poker hand. It pays out as follows: a Suited Three of a Kind pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 40:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 30:1, a Straight pays out at 10:1 and a Flush pays out at 5:1.
The Perfect Pairs side bet wins if the player’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.