What is Blackjack?
- Blackjack is a game of cards played against the dealer or the house.
- Every table has seven boxes and the cards are dealt from a shoe containing six pre-shuffled decks.
- All picture cards have a value of 10.
- Ace has a value of either 11 or 1.
- The numbered cards have a value equal to their numbers irrespective of the suit. So, a 5 card has 5 points, a 6 card has 6 points, and so on.
- You win if the value is less than 21 but higher than the dealer's score. If needed you can also ask for one additional card at a time in order to reach as close to 21 as possible.
- If at any point, the total value exceeds 21, you get busted, and you’re out of that round.
- You win or get a Blackjack if the sum of the first two cards dealt has a value of 21.
How to Play?
- You begin this game by placing an initial bet, this is done by placing chips on one of the boxes.
- Once all players on the table have placed their initial bets, the dealer starts by dealing two cards to each player.
- You get blackjack if your cards have a total value equal to 21.
- Next, the dealer deals with one card for the house.
- You continue to play as long as your cards have a total value of less than 21
- You get busted or lose the round if your card’s value goes beyond 21 at any time.
- You can also win by scoring 21 by calling for one additional card at a time.
- You win if your card's total value exceeds the dealer’s score.
Rules to Know
- If your first two cards add up to 21, you get a Blackjack. The payout is 1.5x the initial bet you placed
- If you don’t get a Blackjack you can continue to play by calling for additional cards, one at a time.
- You can call for additional cards by tapping the table.
- If your score is close to 21, you may choose to stand at the score. You can do so by waving your hand horizontally over the table. This means you don’t want any more additional cards.
- After each player at a table is content with their scores, the dealer deals the cards for the house.
- The dealer has to stop dealing more cards for the house once the total adds up to 17 or more.
- If your score is greater than the dealer’s hand, you still win and the payout is equal to your initial bet.
- Other rules you should also know about include pair bets, surrender, and insurance.
Pair Bet is considered when the first two cards dealt are of the same rank. There are three types of payouts for a pair bet.
- On a pair bet, if your cards have the same value, mixed color, and mixed suite. The payout on winning is 5x the betting amount.
- Similarly, if your cards have the same value, same color, and a different suite, the payout is 12x the betting amount.
- If your cards have the same value and same suite, the payout on winning a pair bet is 25x the betting amount.
If you assume that the dealer’s cards will have a higher value then you have the option to Surrender.
- For surrendering, you need to gesture horizontally below your box on the table with your finger. You lose 50% of your initial bet and your cards are removed from the table.
- You cannot surrender when the dealer’s first card is an ace.
Insurance is an option to place an additional bet equal to or less than half the initial betting amount.
- When an insurance bet is placed and the player loses the round, a payout equal to 2x the insurance amount is earned while the initial betting amount is lost.
Double Down is a move played before the third card is dealt by doubling your initial bet. It is indicated by double-tapping below your box with a finger. This means you assume to win the round with only one final card.
- After you double down and receive your final card, the dealer reveals the cards for the house. On winning, the payout is 1x the initial bet and the double down bet.
Split is an option when the first two cards have the same value. You can choose to split your two cards into two hands and place equal bets on them. You indicate a split by pointing with two fingers on the table.
- You can split a hand up to three times making four separate hands.
- The dealer's first ace has a value of 11 unless it busts the hand. All subsequent aces have a value of 1.
Tips & Tricks
- In a game of Blackjack, the dealer or the house is always your opponent.
- A soft total is when the dealer’s ace can be counted as either 1 or 11.
- A hard total is when the dealer’s ace can only be considered a 1.
- If the dealer’s first card is 6 or below, it usually indicates a low score. This means the player can stand on a hard 12 or above.
- When a dealer’s card has a value of 7 to ace, you may choose to stand on reaching a score of 16.
- For a soft total, you may hit or draw additional cards up to a score of 15
- For a soft 19 or 20, you may choose to stand.
- Players double down when their first two cards have a value of 9,10 or 11.
- A soft 16,17,18 is a good time to double down when the dealer’s first card has a low value.
- When the dealer has a high-value first card, you may call or hit on a soft 16 or 17 and stand on a soft 18.
Disclaimer: All information contained on this page is for educational purposes only. Deltin Casinos is not liable for any inaccuracies in the rules mentioned below. Any mismatch is purely unintentional. It is the player’s responsibility to learn the rules of the game before starting.