Blackjack gambling originated in France and is now one the most popular casino games in America. The main objective is to get as close to 21, without going over, while still beating the dealer's hand. This is done by counting up the point value of the cards in your hand. All cards numbered 2 through 10 are face value. All face cards are valued at 10 while an ace is valued at either 1 or 11 at the player's discretion. Hands containing an ace valued at 11 are considered to be "soft" hands (i.e. A, 6 is a soft 17) while hands containing an ace valued at 1 are considered
"hard" hands (i.e. A, 6,Q is a hard 17) A blackjack is an ace and card valued at 10 (10, J, Q, K). A two-card blackjack always beats three or more cards, which equal 21.
Before receiving any cards the player must place a gambling wager. Once the wager is made the player is dealt 2 cards face up. The dealer is also dealt two cards, one face up, and the other face down. The dealer's "hole" card remains face down until the player's have completed their hands. At this point the dealer turns over his hole card. If his hand totals a hard 17 through 21 he must stand. If his hand is 16 or under the dealer must continue to take cards until either his hand is over 16 or bust (which means over 21). The dealer must hit on a soft 16. The player has many different betting and playing options.
Black Jack Gambling Options
Click on the
denomination of chips you wish to bet, if you need to remove some
chips right click on the chip in your chip tray that represents the
amount that you wish to remove.
This deals the player
another card. If your 2 cards were to equal 10 you have nothing lose
by requesting another card since your total could not exceed 21.
This means that the
player is satisfied with his hand and does not want to risk another
If your first two
cards equal 10 or 11 you are given the casino option to double your initial
wager. Once you have chosen to do this you will be dealt a third card
and no more. Your hand will only consist of the 3 cards.
If you are dealt two
cards with identical value you can then split them (i.e. 8,8 or 10,Q).
You would now be playing 2 separate hands, each starting with one of
the two split cards. You will now be dealt a second card to one of the
hands. After this hand is played out the second hand will be dealt a
second card and continued until that hand is played out. All regular
rules apply to each hand with the ability to double down. You may only
split your hand once and a new wager equal to the initial wager will
be placed for each split hand. A split hand black jack pays out at 1-1
rather the normal 2-1. When splitting aces, the player will only
receive one card on each hand.
When the casino dealer's
exposed card is an ace, the player will be given the option to place
an insurance wager. This gambling wager will equal one half of the original bet
and will be placed on the insurance line. If the dealer has black jack
the player will get paid 2 to 1 on the insurance bet with the original
bet being lost. This evens out and acts similar to a push. If the
dealer does not have black jack the insurance bet is lost immediately.
Players win their wager if
their total hand is higher than the dealer's without going over 21. If
the player busts, then the dealer wins the hand before turning over a
card. All hands that total less than the dealer's hand lose. Hands
that are equal in value will be considered a tie, or a push. If the
player gets a black jack the payout will be at 3:2 rather than 1:1.