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Blackjack Card Games

Teach the dealer a lesson.

Will you hit or stand? Double down or split? Here’s to Blackjack, the game played ‘round the world for generations. Get as close to 21 as you can and show that dealer who’s boss! Even if it’s your first time, this popular card game is easy to learn and easy to play.

How to play

The object is for the player to draw cards that come closer to 21 than the dealer, without going over (busting). All cards are at face value, except for the King, Queen, and Jack which count as 10. An Ace will have a value of either one or 11.

After placing your wager on the betting box, every player gets two cards, face up. The dealer will also get two cards, with one card face down (the Hole Card). Only after all players’ hands are played does the dealer disclose the Hole Card and play out the hand.

Once you have your 2 cards in front of you, you can choose to:

Stand – draw no more cards

Hit – draw one or more cards

Double – increase your wager (up to the original bet) and receive one more card only

Split – If you have matching pairs or 10 value cards you may double your bet and play additional hands

Once all the players have acted on their hand, the dealer turns over the Hole Card and plays out the hand according to the rules of the game. The dealer must draw to soft 17s and stand on hard 17s and above.

At the end of the game, if the player’s count is greater than the dealer’s count or the dealer’s count exceeds 21, the player wins. A winning hand pays even money for all wagers left on the betting box. If your count is the same as the dealer’s, it is a Push (nobody wins).

In the event your first two cards are an Ace and any 10 value card, the dealer announces your hand as “Blackjack.” You will be paid at this time, if the dealer does not have an Ace or a 10 value card as a face up card. If the dealer’s hand is also a Blackjack, the game is a push. A player’s winning Blackjack is paid off at odds of 3 to 2.

If the dealer shows an Ace as their face up card, Insurance will be offered. To insure your wager, you may place up to half of the original bet on the insurance line (or take even money if you have a Blackjack hand). After checking their Hole Card the dealer will declare if they also have a Blackjack and pay the insurance bets or play out the game as normal if they do not have a Blackjack.

Feel free to ask your dealer to help explain the game if you are a little uncertain of the rules — they are happy to help!