In blackjack, as the player, you are always competing against
the dealer. The main objective is to draw cards until your hand
comes as close to 21 as you can, without going over. If your
first two cards total 21, you have blackjack.
If, at the end of the game, your hand is closer to 21 than
the dealer's hand, you win the same amount as you wagered. If
you have blackjack [your first two cards total 21], you win
3:2 the value of your wager, unless the dealer also has blackjack.
In that case the game is a tie and your wager is returned.
Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and all remaining
cards count as their numbered values. If your hand total exceeds
21, you have “BUST” and you lose your wager. If,
at the end of the game, your hand total is equal to the dealer's
hand, the game is considered a tie ["PUSH"] and your
wager is returned. Blackjack [first two cards total 21] beats
a combined card score of 21.
Triple 7 Blackjack Bonus
If, during your play in blackjack, you receive three 7's of
spades for a total result of 21, you have won the Triple 7 Bonus
and your account will automatically be credited with a bonus
Rules for the Dealer
The dealer must adhere to certain guidelines when drawing cards
["HIT"] or staying with his current cards ["STAND"].
These guidelines state that the dealer must draw cards until
he has at least 17, and must stand at 17 or higher. If the dealer
gets 16, he must take another card. The dealer will not decide
to hit or stay based on your hand, and must strictly abide by
the dealer rules. As the player, your strategy should be based
on what cards you have in your hand while taking into consideration
what card the dealer has showing.
If your first two cards are the same value, you may “SPLIT”
them into two separate hands, placing a second wager of equal
value. You then proceed to draw cards as usual. However, if
you “SPLIT” two aces, you get only one additional
card for each hand. If you “SPLIT” two aces and
one of your hands totals 21, this is not considered blackjack,
When you have been dealt two cards, and you think that your
next card will put you in a position to beat the dealer's hand,
you can select "DOUBLE". Your wager is then doubled,
and you will receive only one additional card.
Insurance adds a completely new aspect to blackjack; it gives
you the opportunity to protect your wager if you believe that
the dealer may have blackjack. If the dealer's first card is
an ace, he is considered to have a fair chance of getting blackjack.
In this case a window will pop up over your hand and offer you
to purchase “INSURANCE – YES/NO”. If you believe
that the dealer's down card is of value 10, you can buy insurance
against dealer's blackjack at the value of half your initial
bet. If the dealer does have blackjack, the insurance pays 2:1,
corresponding to the amount of your initial wager. If you buy
insurance and the dealer does not get blackjack, you lose your
insurance wager. Your initial bet is then settled by comparing
your cards with the dealer's. Should you and the dealer both
have blackjack, the game results in a push.
Basic Advice and Blackjack Strategy
To understand the following tables remember an ace can count
as either 1 or 11. *A "soft" hand is a hand, which
contains an ace that counts as 11. Therefore, a "soft 17"
is a hand that contains an ace and a 6. A player with an ace
has the advantage of being able to change the ace's value to
count as 1 after drawing another card. When a hand contains
an ace that counts as 1, it is called a "hard hand".
Hit or Stand?