Playing the Game
You will be dealt two cards. The Dealer will be dealt one card. In some
Casinos the Dealer is dealt two cards but only one is turned so that its
value can be revealed. The card that remains face down is called the 'hole
The object of Blackjack is to obtain a hand with the highest possible
value without exceeding 21. All face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks)
have a value of ten (10) and the Aces can have a value of one (1) or
If your initial two cards do not total 21 then you may request
additional cards (called a hit). If your hand does not go bust (exceeds
21) and still does not equal 21 you may continue to request a hit until
you bust, reach 21 or you decide to 'Stand' (Stay).
If you are dealt a Blackjack (an ace and a card of value ten) then
the dealer will automatically lose unless his single card is an ace or a
card of value ten. If you are dealt a Blackjack then he will not be
allowed to draw further cards as you already have the best possible hand.
If you go bust the game is over and the dealer wins. If you reach 21
or choose to Stand, the dealer will draw another card. If the dealer's
hand is less then 17 in value, the dealer must continue to draw cards
until his Blackjack hand's value equals 17 or more. In the event of the
dealer not going bust the value of the dealer and your hands are then
compared. If your hand is stronger the Casino will pay you twice the
amount originally wagered. If you win on a Blackjack you will be paid
out 2.5 times your original bet.
Like any other game Blackjack has certain rules. This
version of Blackjack is played with a single deck of cards, which is
shuffled after the completion of every hand / game.
You may draw up to nine additional cards (i.e. a total of 11 cards)
as long as the value of your hand does not exceed 21. If you go over 21
this is called a 'bust' and you automatically lose the hand. If you have
not yet exceeded 21 after receiving eleven cards you will automatically
stay and the dealer will play his hand.
The dealer must stand on 17 and draw on 16.
If the Dealer gets Blackjack after you have Split or Doubled your
entire wager (both original and Double or Split amounts) are lost.
Face cards (the Jack, Queen and King) all have a value of ten in
An 'Ace' card may have a value of either 1 or 11. Any combination of
cards that contains an Ace card and whose value does not exceed 21 is
referred to as a 'soft hand'. An 'Ace' will adopt the value most
beneficial for your hand. For example an Ace and eight will add up to 19
but if you choose to take another card that would cause the hand's value
to exceed 21 the Ace will revert to a value of 1.
If you are dealt an 'Ace' and a card with the value of ten (a natural
ten or face card) as your first two cards this is called Blackjack. You
will automatically stay when you receive a Blackjack. If you beat the
dealer with a Blackjack you are paid out at 3 to 2.
If you receive two cards of the same value (such as two 'Ace's or two
fives or two tens) you may 'Split' your hand. This means that your pair
is divided into two separate hands. You wager a second amount equal to
that of your original wager on the second hand and are able to play both
hands as normal.
Cards of the same value but not of the same denomination (or ranking)
cannot be split in this version of Blackjack. So while a king and ten
may have the same numerical value a hand consisting of these two cards
cannot be split because the cards do not have the same denomination.
If you have split a pair of aces and then draw a card with a value of
ten then this is not counted as Blackjack. Such a hand would have a
value of 21. It will beat any dealer's hand with a value of less than 21
and draw against all other Dealer hands except a Blackjack. This rule
also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of ten. If you
split a pair of tens (or face cards) and then receive an ace this hand
is not counted as Blackjack.
If the value of your initial two cards is 9, 10 or 11 then you are
allowed to 'Double.' This is a wager that your next card will be
sufficient to beat the dealer's as-of-yet-uncompleted hand. The wager
costs as much as your original bet, but if you win you will be paid
double of your total wager (or four times your original wager).
Insurance only covers your original bet. It does not cover any Double
Down bet. When the dealer is dealt an 'Ace' you are given the option to
place an insurance bet. The Insurance bet costs half your original bet
and will pay out 2 to 1 if the dealer gets Blackjack. You lose your
original bet. If the dealer does not get Blackjack you lose your
insurance bet and the game proceeds as normal.
After all hands have been played your hands are compared to the
dealer's hand. If the value of both hands are the same it is called a
Push. On the event of a Push you receive your bet back and no one wins.
Blackjack (which value is 21) beats a hand that's value is also 21. If
both the dealer and you have Blackjack this is considered a Push.
Please Note - This version of Blackjack is played with a single deck
of cards, which is shuffled after the completion of every hand / game.
A more comprehensive set of Blackjack instructions is included with
the Casino Kingdom software.