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How to Play Classic Blackjack

Short Description:

In the Classic Blackjack game you are competing against the dealer (the house).

The player is dealt two cards face up. 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 and his bet. A winning hand adds up to more than the dealer's hand, without "Busting". The dealer initially receives only one card. He receives his second card only after the player finished playing.

Classic Blackjack Rules

Our Classic Blackjack game has a dealer and a player. The dealer deals from 6 decks of 52 playing cards which are shuffled after every round. Before the cards are dealt, the player should first choose his position and then place his bets by clicking on the 1 chip, 5 chip, 10 chip, 50 chip, 100 chip and 500 chip, to reach the desired bet. After deciding on the desired bet, the player must click the "Deal" button in order to proceed with the hand. The round begins after the player has bet and clicked "Deal". A player may play up 1, 3 or 5 hands at one time.

Once the deal begins the bets may not be changed. During the course of the hand, the player may add to his bets through the options of Double Downs, Splits, and Insurance. After the cards are dealt, the player may choose the option that will yield him more 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 will then simply need to click on the "Split" button.

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 (this is called 3:2). If, the dealer also has Blackjack, it is a "Push" and the bet is returned to the bankroll. A push is also announced when both the player and the dealer has the same number (not necessarily just BJ).

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

After all of the player's bets have been completed, the dealer completes his hand. If the dealer has sixteen or less, he must draw a card (Hit), until he reaches at least seventeen. If the dealer's card total exceeds 21 (Bust), he must pay all remaining hands in the game.

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 valued as 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 as 11. A hand comprised of an Ace and a 6 is called a "Soft 17". The dealer will stand on a soft 17.

"Double Down": A player may select the "Double" option after being dealt a hard hand with a value of 9-11, or after splitting a pair, if the resulting cards then too amount to a hard hand with a value of 9-11. The Double option automatically doubles the player's bet and deals one additional card, face up. The player cannot draw any additional cards.
"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. A split may occur on hands where the first two cards have the same value as well as on identical cards. 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 receive only one additional card per hand). In the case of split Aces or Tens, a player's Blackjack is not possible and is considered as a regular 21. In this case, a dealer's Blackjack wins, and a dealer's 21 becomes a "Push".

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

The player is allowed to re-split each hand once (i.e. up to 4 hands).

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 is served an Ace card, the player has the option of making an "Insurance Bet" before the dealer’s second card is revealed. The Insurance equals half the original bet and is evaluated after the dealer draws his second card. If the player takes insurance and the dealer’s second card turns out to be a 10 or a face card under his Ace (thus resulting in a Blackjack), the player wins double the Insurance Bet. If, instead, the dealer's second card has a value of less than 10, the player loses the Insurance Bet and continues normally with the hand. Note: insurance will not be offered in case the player has a Blackjack and the dealer has an ace.

"Push": A Push refers to when the dealer and the player have the same numerical count in their hands. In this case, the play is a draw, and the players’ bets remain 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”.




Winning Hand

1 to 1


3 to 2


2 to 1

NOTE: Malfunction voids all pays and plays.

Setting Screen

The game has a setting screen which allows the player to choose from the following:

1. Table limits:
        a. 1-300$ per hand
        b. 5-2000$ per hand - for the Premium Version

2. Number of playing hands: 1, 3 or 5 hands
3. Table color – green, black, blue or red
4. Sounds – on/off

The settings screen is shown when first entering the game but is also accessible afterwards by clicking on the Setting button. This can only be done between game rounds.

Table limits do not affect playing rules or payouts.

On Mobile

The game rules & table limits apply for mobile as well.

The game is designed for up to 3 hands, compared to up to 5 hands on PC.

In mobile, only the following chips are available: 1, 5, 25, 100. The premium mobile game also has a 500 chip.

On mobile the setting screen is more limited and the player cannot choose number of hands, table limits or table color.

On mobile the buttons “HIT ; “STAND”; “DOUBLE”; “SPLIT”; “NEW GAME”; “REBET” are represented as icons.

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