The object of Blackjack is for the total of your cards to be closer to 21 than
the dealers cards, without exceeding 21. In Blackjack, aces count as either
1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value. If you receive
an ace and a ten-value card as your first two cards, you have Blackjack and win
one and a half times your bet (if you bet was $10, you receive $25). If the total
value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealers, you win as much as
you had wagered (if your bet was $10, you receive $20). If the total of your cards
is more than 21, you bust and lose your bet. If you and the dealer
have the same card total (17 and up) neither of you win and your bet is returned
to you in a push. Blackjack beats a score of 21.
Six deck Blackjack is popular among online casinos and usually follows the
standard Las Vegas Strip rules, with the following exceptions:
- The deck is shuffled after each round.
- The player may not split a split hand.
- The player may double after splitting.
- The dealer will not check for Blackjack in any case.
- If the player doubles and the dealers first card is of value 10,
and the dealer gets blackjack, the player loses only the initial bet.
If your first two cards have the same point value, you may split them into two
separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You then proceed
to draw cards. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand, but
if you split two aces, you receive only one additional card for each ace. If
you receive an ace and a ten-value card in a split hand, it is counted as 21
and not Blackjack.
After you are dealt two cards, and think that another card will allow you to
beat the dealers hand, you can increase your bet by an amount up to your
original bet or double your bet. Your wager is doubled, and you
are allowed to receive one more card.
Insurance is considered to be a game of its own within Blackjack. If the dealer
has as Ace as his up card, youll be given a chance to buy insurance. When
you buy insurance, youre betting that the dealer has a blackjack. It allows
you to try and protect yourself when you think that the dealer may have Blackjack.
When buying insurance, you place half of your initial bet by pressing the Insurance
button. If the dealer does have Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance
bet. If the dealer doesnt have Blackjack, you lose your insurance bet.
10 Card Charlie
It is theoretically possible for the player to draw 10 card without going bust.
In this case the players hand automatically wins, except when the dealer
Winning Hand 1 to 1
Insurance 2 to 1
Blackjack 3 to 2