Blackjack is one of the most popular casino card games due to the mix of chance and skill. It is a game of luck, bravery and shrewdness in a one-on-one battle against the Virtual Dealer!
Each player is dealt two cards and is then faced with the decision to risk it all for more cards. The aim is to get a higher total than the Dealer without going over 21 – this is called going Bust!
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If you have ever played the game of 21s or Pontoon you will be familiar with the rules. The Dealer starts with several packs of 52 Playing Cards, making sure to shuffle them and cut the pack before placing them in the card dispenser, known as a “shoe”.
The Virtual Dealer then invites the players to “Place their Bets” ($10 minimum bet). Once all bets have been placed the Croupier will proceed to start the game. The Dealer distributes one card Face-Up to all players, before placing their first card Face-Up as well. The Dealer then completes the same process again, but this time crucially, the Dealers second card is Face-Down, as not to reveal the current total of the two cards.
All players know what each other have, but this is of no concern because the game is played purely between the player and the Dealer, not between each of the players. Face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) are counted as 10 and the Ace is our special card, worth 1 or 11 at any time. All other cards worth their rank (4 = 4, 6 = 6).
After each guest receives their initial two cards, the Dealer will ask the players their next move, always reminding the players of their options.
Once all players have made their decision the Dealer will reveal their hidden card. The Dealer has to take hits until their cards total 17 or more. Once reaching 17 or more, the Dealer will stand and announces what value of cards wins (For example “19 or above wins”) . Players who do not bust and have a total higher than the Dealer, win. The Dealer will lose if they bust, or have a lesser hand than the player(s) left in the game. If the guest and Dealer have the same point total, this is called a “push” and the player does not win or lose money on that hand, but simply gets their initial bet back.
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