Welcome to multi-hand American Blackjack. Six (6) decks of cards are used to play this variant. Each Player plays only against the Dealer, independently of other Players. Your goal as the Player is to draw cards (i.e. hit) until your hand adds up to 21, or comes as close as possible without exceeding 21. If your first two cards total 21, you have Blackjack!
If the total value of your cards is closer to 21 than the Dealer's, you win as much as you have wagered. If you have Blackjack, you win 3 to 2 times your play (assuming the Dealer does not also have Blackjack). Aces count as either 1 or 11, dressed cards as 10, and remaining cards according to their number values. If the total of your cards exceeds 21, you bust and lose your wager. If you have the same card total as the Dealer, from 17 and up, no one wins and you get your stake back in a so-called push. Blackjack beats a score of 21.
The minimum play in Blackjack is 1.00, and the maximum play is 100.00.
If your first two cards are of 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, but 21.
When you have been dealt two cards, and think that one more card will give you a position to beat the dealer's hand, you can double down. Your wager is doubled, and you are allowed to hit and receive just one additional card. Player may only double if their hand shows 10 or 11.
Insurance is a game of its own within Blackjack, and gives you the chance to protect yourself when you believe that the Dealer might have Blackjack. If the Dealer's first card is an Ace, he is considered to have a fair chance of getting Blackjack. If you believe that the Dealer's dark card values 10, you may get insurance against Dealer Blackjack at half your initial play. If the Dealer does have Blackjack, the insurance gives you 2 to 1, corresponding to the amount of your initial play. If you have gotten insurance, and the Dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose your insurance. Your initial play 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.
The Dealer must draw cards until he has at least 17; the Dealer hits on soft 17 (this is when the Dealer has an Ace which counts as 11). If the Dealer gets 16, he must take another card. The Dealer may not decide whether or not to draw a card based on your hand, but must abide by the existing Dealer rules. In the following section, you will find some general advice for beginners on basic Blackjack strategy.
Here is a basic guideline for when to stand, hit, split, or double.
To place a play, select a credit denomination from the lower right-hand corner of your screen. Once selected, click on the desired play marker on the table to place a play. Continue to click on the play markers to increase your play.
To remove a single credit, hold down a SHIFT button and click on a credit to remove it. To remove an entire stack of credits, hold down CNTRL and click on the stack you wish to remove.
To increase the game size, please click the edge of your browser window. This will increase the game size to fit in the resized window. To play at near-fullscreen, click the small expand icon located on the top right-hand corner of your browser window. To increase or decrease the speed of the card dealing animations, use the small > >> >>> controls at the bottom right-hand corner of the game. This will change the speed of the dealing animations.