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How to Play BlackJack


Short Description:

In the Blackjack game you compete against the dealer (the house).

The player and the dealer are each dealt two cards, with the goal of reaching 21, without going over. The player may draw as many cards as they wish, until reaching 21. If the player draws a card that puts him over 21 (which is called a "Bust"), he loses the hand. A winning hand adds up to more than the dealer's hand, without "Busting".

Cards 2 to 9 are face value. A 10, Jack, King, or Queen is worth 10.

Blackjack Rules

The dealer deals from a shoe containing four decks of playing cards which are shuffled after every round. Before the deal, the player places his bets by clicking on the 1 chip, 5 chip, 25 chip or 100 chip to reach the desired amount. After deciding on the desired bet, the player must click the "Deal" button to proceed with the hand. The round begins after the player has bet and clicked "Deal". In Public Tables, the game will proceed once the 30 seconds default time limit has expired.

Once the cards are dealt, the bets may not be changed. During the course of the hand the player may add to his bets through Double Downs, Splits, and Insurance. After the cards are dealt, you may choose the option that will yield you the most opportunities. Buttons, located on the lower center of the screen, will appear in order to facilitate the player's decision. For example, if it is possible to split two cards, a button will appear to allow the player to split the cards. The player must then simply click on the "Split" button in order to split.

Each player receives two cards, face up, and the dealer receives one card, face up, and one card, face down. The player may request as many additional cards as desired before finishing. If a player is dealt Blackjack, which is a 10 or a face card, along with an Ace, he is paid 1.5 times the placed bet. If, the dealer also has Blackjack, it is a "Push" and the bet is returned to the bankroll.

Only a 10 or a face card along with an Ace is considered a Blackjack and overcomes a 21 hand.

After all of the players' bets have been completed, the dealer completes his hand. If the dealer has sixteen or less, he must draw a card (Hit), until they reach seventeen or more. If the dealer's card total exceeds 21 (Bust), he must pay all players remaining in the hand.

An Ace can be valued as either a 1 or an 11. Face cards such as the King, Queen and Jack are valued at 10. All other cards are valued at their face value.

A "Hard Hand" is a hand with no Ace, or a hand with an Ace that valued at 1. A hand comprised of an Ace, 7, and 9 is called a "Hard 17".

A "Soft Hand" is a hand with an Ace valued at 11. A hand comprised of an Ace and a 6 is called a "Soft 17."

"Double Down": A player may select the "Double" option after being dealt two cards. The Double option automatically doubles the player's bet and deals one additional card, face up. The player cannot draw any additional cards. The player may double down on any first two cards dealt or after splitting a pair. The player may double down on any dealt two cards of value 9-11, or after splitting a pair.

"Split": If the player is dealt any pair of cards, on the first two cards (i.e., two Fives, two Jacks, etc.), he may split the cards into two separate hands. The split option automatically places an additional bet, equal to the original wager. Each hand is then played independently, and the player may request as many Hits as desired on each hand (with the exception of Aces, which only receive one additional card per hand). In the case of split Aces, a player's Blackjack is not possible and is considered a regular 21. In this case, a dealer's Blackjack wins, and a dealer's 21 ends the round. In the case of split 10s, a player’s 21 is considered as a Blackjack.

A Blackjack in the Split loses to the dealer's Blackjack.

In the same ways and obeying to the same rules, it is possible to further split each split hand one more time.

"Insurance": If the dealer has an Ace, the player may opt to make an "Insurance Bet". This equals half the original bet and ensures that the player will not lose his wager should the dealer be concealing a 10 or face card under his Ace. If, in fact, the dealer's face-down card is equal to 10, the player wins the double the insurance bet amount. If the dealer's face-down card has a value of less than 10, the player loses the Insurance Bet and continues normally with the hand.

"Push": A Push refers to when the hands of the dealer and the player have the same value. In this event the play is a draw, and the players’ bet remains on the table.

“Natural 21”: A player who receives an Ace and a 10-point card as the initial two cards on a deal is said to have a "natural 21" or a "blackjack". In this case, if the dealer does not achieve a "natural 21" as well, the player receives 3 for 2 on his bet (meaning a bet of $10.00 would win $15.00). Note that a score of 21 made with three or more cards is NOT considered a "blackjack" and would therefore lose against a “natural 21/blackjack”.


The minimum and maximum betting limits apply to every game played and relate to the initial bet. Options such as “Double Down”, “Split”, and “Insurance may surpass these values.

Should a player place a bet, but does not click the "Deal" button within the set default time limit, he will automatically be dealt two cards, and the hand will continue.

In the event that the player is unable to click the "Deal" button due to a disconnection, the disconnection rules shall apply.




Winning Hand

1 to 1


3 to 2


2 to 1

Minimum & Maximum bet

Minimum bet: 1 USD
Maximum bet: 300 USD

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