Perhaps the most popular casino table game is Blackjack.
The object is to draw cards closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s cards without exceeding 21. To play, you place a bet on the table in the betting circle in front of you. The dealer shall deal you two cards face-up and two cards to the dealer; one face-up and one face-down. The second card is the ‘hole card.’ The dealer then proceeds left to right around the table, announcing card point totals. any card from 2 to 10 counts at face value; Jacks, Queens and Kings are counted as ten; and the ace is counted as 11 unless that would produce a point total in excess of 21, in which case it is then counted as one. Players are responsible for correctly computing their card point totals.
If the first two cards dealt to you total 21, the dealer announces that you have a Blackjack; if the dealer has an ‘up card’ of 2 through 9, you win immediately and the dealer pays your bet at 3 to 2 odds and removes your cards. If you have a Blackjack and the dealer’s up card is a 10 or ace, you must wait until the dealer verifies whether or not they have a Blackjack. If the dealer’s hole card and up card do not equal 21 or if the dealer has a total of 21 in more than two cards, you win. The dealer then pays your bet at odds of 3 to 2 and removes your cards.
If a player’s first two cards dealt are the same value, the player may split them into two hands. To split, the player places a wager equal to their initial wager. The dealer completes the first hand then progresses to the second hand. When splitting aces, players receive only one card for each hand. If the dealer has a Blackjack, you only lose your original bet. In split hands, an ace and a ten equal 21, not a Blackjack. You can only split pairs twice for a total of three hands.
Re-Splitting Pairs: If after splitting the player receives another card of the same value, the player may split again. All pairs including Aces may be split twice for a total of three hands. A player must bet the exact amount of their original bet for each additional bet. If the dealer has a Blackjack, you only lose your original bet.
After two cards have been dealt to the player or after being dealt the second card on a split, players may make an additional wager less than or equal to their original bet. This is called ”doubling down.” The exception is players may not double down when their first two cards total 21. Double down hands may only draw one additional card. If the dealer has a Blackjack, the players only lose their original bet.
Insurance is an extra bet that can be made only when the dealer has an ace as the up card. In order to play the insurance bet, you may wager up to half of your original bet. If the dealer has Blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2 to 1. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the insured wager loses and the game continues as usual. An insurance bet is placed immediately after you receive your first two cards. A Blackjack will beat the point total of 21.
After receiving your first two cards, the player will have the opportunity to surrender his wager. Simply, it means that you think that your hand total will not beat the dealer’s point total; therefore you will forfeit half of your wager and the right to play against the dealer. Note: if the dealer’s first card is an ace or a 10 value card, you will have to wait for the dealer to verify that he does not have Blackjack. If the dealer has Blackjack, you will not be able to surrender.
Match the Dealer:
The dealer deals two cards face up to each player and two cards to themselves with one card face up. The cards of the players with the ”match the dealer” wager are checked and if either card numerically match the dealer’s up card, players are paid for each card that matches the dealer’s up card numerically. Matches for the winning player(s) will be paid accordingly to the payout schedule below.
Match the Dealer Payoff:
The dealer deals two cards face up to each player and two cards to themselves with one card face up. The cards of the players with the ”match the dealer” wager are checked and if either card numerically matches the dealer’s up card, players are paid for each card that matches the dealer’s up card numerically. Matches for the winning player(s) will be paid accordingly to the payout schedule below.