The most popular of all casino card games. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer. You do this by making a hand that has a value of closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand. You can also win if the dealer’s hand goes over 21 (bust). Be careful though because if your hand goes above 21 you will lose automatically. This version of blackjack is played with 6 decks of cards, which are placed into the automatic shuffler when a hand is over.
When the game begins all players will be dealt 2 cards face up, the dealer will also get 2 cards although one will be face down. The cards all take their face value with the exception of any court or picture cards (jacks, queens and kings) which all value 10, and Aces which value either 1 or 11 depending on which will give the player the best hand.
If the first 2 cards dealt to you total 21 (an Ace and a 10) you have blackjack. Blackjack wins pay 3 to 2 on the player’s original stake. Other wins pay 1 to 1.
Each player takes turns to act on his or her hand, starting from the player at the right.
Ases = 1 or 11, except for the Banca game, in which it will always be worth 11 if the score of this game is 17 or higher, not exceeding 21, because if it exceeds it will become worth 1.
King, Lady and Jack = 10
Other cards = nominal value
It allows you to get out of your hand if you don’t like it (rather than play it) and just give up half your bet. This you must do on your first two cards — and only if the dealer’s face up card is not an Ace.
You wish to take no further action on your hand.
You wish to take another card to try to improve the value of your hand. This option can be used multiple times.
You double the amount you have bet on your hand and receive one further card only. You can only double when you get 9,10 or 11 points with the first 2 cards dealt.
This option is only available if your first 2 cards are of the same value. By choosing this option you will double your bet and receive two more cards. This effectively gives you 2 hands to play. Please note if you split Aces you are only dealt one more card to each hand and cannot hit for extra cards. 21 hit after splitting is not blackjack as the cards are not the first 2 dealt, and therefore only pays 1 to 1.