How To Play
Live Alexandrite Blackjack is a completely standard form of the game that takes no time to get to grips with. The game uses eight decks of card shuffled into a shoe and players simply need to build a hand of cards that is as close to 21 in value as possible, but without exceeding 21. At the end of a round, as long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
In Blackjack, the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face value, the face cards Jack, Queen and King are worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 or 11. Therefore, a hand of 21 can be made using just two cards, an Ace and a ten card. This hand is called Blackjack, it is the strongest possible hand and will always beat all other hands, including those worth 21 but made up of more than two cards.
At the start of each round, players place their bets. Afterwards, each player receives two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up and one facedown. Each hand then has three basic options. You can Hit, which means you receive another card to the hand and if it doesn’t send you bust then you may do so again. You can Stand, which means you leave the hand as it is. You can Double, which means your bet is doubled, you will receive one more card to the hand, and then play moves on.
When all players have finished playing their hands, the dealer players. 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.
After the dealer has finished playing, you are paid out if you have a winning hand. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2. It is worth noting that it is possible to draw 10 cards without going bust, this is known as a 10 Card Charlie and it will always win unless the dealer has Blackjack.
On occasion, Live Alexandrite Blackjack gives players more than just the three basic options to Hit, Stand or Double. If your first two cards are identical then you will have the chance to split them into two hands. This doubles your bet and you then play the hands separately. If you split two Aces then you will only receive one more card to each hand, and Blackjack cannot be formed by a split hand, only 21. Furthermore, if you split and double, and the dealer’s first card is an Ace and the dealer then has Blackjack, then you will lose both your bets. If you split and the dealer’s first card is a 10 and the dealer has Blackjack then your Double bet is returned.
Insurance is offered if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer has Blackjack then you are paid double the insurance bet. This means that you will not lose any money.
To be in with the chance of winning even more you can make use of two exciting side bets, 21+3 and Perfect Pairs. The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out if your first 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 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.
If three are no seats available at the table then you can use the Bet Behind feature. This allows you to follow and bet on the actions of one or more of the main players. You can even Bet Behind when playing as a main player.