How To Play
Live Grand Blackjack is played according to the standard rules and uses eight decks of cards. Players need to build a hand of cards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is known as going bust. At the end of a round, if the player’s hand is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s is then the player wins.
When putting together a hand, the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values, the picture cards Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 or 11. The game takes its name from the best possible hand, Blackjack, and this is 21 formed of two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. It beats all other hands, including those worth 21 but containing more than two cards. There is one other special hand, a 10 Card Charlie, this is a hand that contains 10 cards without being bust and it beats all hands except for Blackjack.
At the start of a round players need to place the main bet, and if they wish to, the side bets as well. Each player then receives two face-up cards and the dealer receives one face-up card and one facedown. Each player then plays his or her hand in turn. There are three main options for each hand: Hit, receive one more card to the hand, Stand, leave the hand as it is, and Double, double the bet, receive one more card, and then play moves on.
Once all players have finished the dealer plays. 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.
On occasion players will have more than the three main options described above. If the dealer’s first face-up card is an Ace then players can place an 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.
If a player’s first two cards have the same value then they will have the option to Split the cards into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to their first. There are additional rules governing split hands. Blackjack cannot be made with split hands, an Ace and a 10 will count as 21. If a player splits Aces then just one additional card is dealt to each hand. It is still possible to double after a Split.
There are two side bets available in Live Grand Blackjack, both of which offer significant payouts.
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out 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.
The 21+3 side bet pays out 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.
If there are no seats available at the table then players have the option of the Bet Behind feature. This allows players to follow and bet on the actions of one or more of the main players. Those who have a seat at a table can also use the Bet Behind feature.