Blackjack

Blackjack

Blackjack is arguably the most popular casino card game played in casinos around the world.

AIM OF THE GAME

The aim of the game of Blackjack is to draw cards totalling closer to 21 than those in the Dealer’s hand - without exceeding 21. “Picture” cards (Jack, Queen, King) each count as 10.

An Ace can count as 1 or 11. All number cards have their face value.

HOW TO PLAY

THE BLACKJACK TABLE

The Blackjack table seats seven Players on one side, and the Dealer on the other. Its layout is marked out with seven squares in which the Players place their bets before the cards are dealt.

HOW TO PLAY

All cards in Blackjack are dealt face up so that you can see the point value of the Players’ and Dealer’s hands. A first card is dealt to each of the Players, and then finally to the Dealer. A second card is then dealt to the Players only. The Dealer will call out the value of all hands.

Please do not touch the cards.

PLAYING THE CARDS

You may stand on the two original cards in your hand, or draw additional cards to improve your total. If you bust (go over 21) you lose. When all Players have completed their hands, the Dealer draws a second card. The Dealer must draw on 16 or less, and stand on 17 or more. If your hand totals closer to 21 than the Dealer’s, you win, and are paid even money. If your hand is lower than the Dealer’s, you lose. If the Dealer busts, all remaining hands are paid even money, except a Blackjack which is paid 3 to 2. If you and the Dealer both have Blackjack, or the same card total, it is considered a draw or stand off - you neither win nor lose.

ACE + 10 = BLACKJACK

Blackjack is when you are dealt a ten, or any picture card, plus an Ace as your first two cards. Blackjack pays 3 to 2 (1.5 times your bet).

INSURANCE

When the Dealer’s first card is an Ace, you may insure your bet against the Dealer getting Blackjack. Your insurance bet is placed on the table’s insurance line after your second card is dealt, and before the Dealer draws any more cards. This bet may be up to half of your original wager. If the Dealer draws Blackjack, your insurance bet will be paid at 2 to 1. If the Dealer doesn’t draw a ten or picture card, your insurance bet is lost.

HOW TO SIGNAL THE DEALER FOR MORE OR NO MORE CARDS

To make draw and stand commands quickly and easily understood, Blackjack Players use hand signals to communicate with the Dealer. To signal to the Dealer that you wish to draw another card, tap or scratch the table behind your bet. You will be dealt one card. To signal the Dealer that you wish to stand, move your hand, palm down, in a horizontal cut-off motion behind your bet. You will not be dealt any more cards.

THE RANGE OF BETS IN BLACKJACK

Blackjack tables on the Main Gaming Floor have varying minimum and maximum bets. Before you sit down, please check the sign displaying the minimum and maximum bets at the table, or ask any of our gaming team for assistance.

 

SOME OF THE CARD COMBINATIONS AND OPTIONS IN BLACKJACK

 

PERFECT PAIRS

Players may have an additional perfect pairs wager on a Blackjack table that provides boxes for perfect pairs.

To place an additional wager simply place an amount between the minimum and maximum limits on a perfect pairs box.The additional wager wins when you receive a pair (two cards identical in type* and value) as your first two cards.

The odds paid for winning wagers are:

PERFECT PAIR
(same value, same suit)
30 to 1
COLOURED PAIR
(same value, same colour, different suit)
10 to 1
MIXED PAIR
(same value, different colour)
5 to 1

 

Winning bets will be paid and handed off to the Player immediately after the initial deal.

*10, Jack, Queen and King are identical in value but not in type, therefore a Jack and King, for example, are not considered a pair.

THE ODDS OF WINNING

Blackjack is a card game of chance and skill in which Players may improve their chance of winning by using a betting strategy.

After receiving two cards from the Dealer, the Player can choose to be dealt more cards so as to have a total score closer to 21 than the Dealer’s total – without going over 21. Face cards count as 10, Aces count as 1 or 11 and the cards 2 to 10 count as their face value. The House margin for Blackjack is generally less than 0.5% for skilled Players.

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