Playing Blackjack is easy! In fact, it’s one of the easiest card games to master in the world. All you have to do is beat the Dealer's score and get as close to 21 as you can. If you're closest, you win that hand. If the Dealer is closest, you lose.
Each card in Blackjack is worth a number. Numbered cards have a value equal to their number while the picture cards – Jacks, Queens and Kings, are worth 10 each. An Ace can be played as a 1 or 11 – depending on which on you want to count them has.
An opening hand of Ace and 8 could be nine or nineteen, however you want to play it! Remember if you hit a blackjack (21), you get two and a half times your stake!
To play a hand, you begin by pitching your bet! You can play from as little as 10p, all the way up to £10. Once you’ve made your bet, two cards will be dealt to you, and one to the dealer, all face up. The game will display the total value of your cards, and the Dealer’s, to help you make a decision.
From here you can either ‘Hit’ (request another card from the dealer to try and get closer to 21) or 'Stand' (request no more cards).
Play will then pass to the Dealer, who must hit and add to their total until they reach 17, whereby they must and will ‘Stand’ if they score between 17 and 21. Be careful - if you keep hitting and go over 21, your hand is bust and will automatically lose the game. There are another couple of play options you may be presented with too. These include:
- Spilt - If you receive two cards of equal value, you can choose to split them into two separate hands. This will require another big matching the value of your original stake.
- Double Down - After the initial deal, you can double your original bet. To do this, you must take another card from the Dealer. If you win, you’ll win a 1-to-1 payoff on the total amount of the doubled bet.
- Insurance - The Dealer will always display one of their two cards to you. If this is an ace, you can opt to purchase insurance for an additional half of your original stake. If the Dealer gets a Blackjack, you get your insurance stake back, doubled!
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