Casino Blackjack: Rules of the Game
The name reflects the fact that the hand can't break if you draw another card. When handling the cards in a hand-held game, here are a few important things to remember. The Player can check their bet history on the Report section. Don't put it into the betting circle, as some casinos will allow cash bets, and the dealer may think you want to bet it all! If the ball comes to rest in:.
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Sixteen is the worst possible player hand, since it is unlikely to win as is, but is very likely to bust if you draw to it. Here's a great chance to improve a bad situation. If you are playing a hand-held game, toss the cards face-up in front of your bet just like a double down. Then, in either type of game, place a matching bet beside the original bet in the circle.
Note that you must bet the same amount on a split, unlike a double-down where you are allowed to double for less. The dealer will separate the two cards, and treat them as two independent hands. He will deal a second card on the first eight, and you will play that two-card hand to completion.
Many casinos will let you double-down on that two-card hand if you want. No matter what happens on your first hand, when you are done with it the dealer will deal a second card to your next hand and the process starts all over.
If you get additional pairs in the first two cards of a hand, most casinos will allow you to resplit, making yet another hand. Typically a player is allowed to split up to 3 times, making 4 separate hands, with 4 separate bets. If double after split is allowed, you could have up to 8 times your initial bet on the table!
Note that you are allowed to split any valued cards, so you could split a Jack, Queen hand. However, this is usually a bad play. You will make more money on the pat 20 than you will trying to make two good hands from it. I wrote a post about just that: Why Splitting Tens is a Bad Move. Another oddity comes when splitting Aces. Splitting Aces is a very strong player move so the casino limits you to drawing only one additional card on each Ace. Also, if you draw a ten-valued card on one of your split Aces, the hand is not considered a Blackjack, but is instead treated as a normal 21, and therefore does not collect a 3: With all these limitations, you may wonder whether it makes sense to split Aces.
The answer is a resounding YES. For accurate advice on what other pairs you should split, consult the Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine. If you want to win at Blackjack, you will eventually need to learn basic strategy from a basic strategy chart or play the interactive strategy trainer.
However, there are some quick rules and tips that you can learn as a beginner to decrease the house edge and formulate a strategy. Remember there are more 10 value cards 10, J, Q, K than any other cards in the deck—so when a 10 will get you close to 21 and you are against a card that is bad for the dealer, you should double. A player 9, 10, or 11 would always be a good double when a dealer is showing a 3, 4, 5, or 6.
This is because the 3, 4, 5, and 6 are starting cards that are more likely to make a dealer bust. The Ace is such a powerful card because pulling a 10 on a split will give you a Even though a 21 gained through a split is still only paid 1: Two fives total 10—which is a hand much better suited for doubling. Insurance in blackjack is often misunderstood by players, and is a big money-maker for casinos.
Naming this side-bet "insurance" was a brilliant marketing ploy, and some otherwise solid players will frequently make this bad bet to "insure" when they have a good hand. But actually, insurance is not always a bad bet. For players who can recognize when the remaining deck is rich in ten-valued cards, this can actually be a profitable side-bet. Insurance is a proposition bet that is available only when the dealer's upcard is an Ace.
When the dealer turns up an Ace, he will offer "Insurance" to the players. Insurance bets can be made by betting up to half your original bet amount in the insurance betting stripe in front of your bet. The dealer will check to see if he has a value card underneath his Ace, and if he does have Blackjack, your winning Insurance bet will be paid at odds of 2: You will still lose your original bet unless you also have a Blackjack , so the net effect is that you break even assuming you bet the full half bet for insurance.
This is why the bet is described as "insurance", since it seems to protect your original bet against a dealer blackjack. Of course, if the dealer does not have blackjack, you'll lose the insurance bet, and still have to play the original bet out.
Insurance is simply a side-bet offering 2: Not surprisingly, the casino has a substantial edge on this bet. In a single deck game, there are 16 ten-valued cards. Assuming that you don't see any other cards, including your own, the tens compose 16 out of 51 remaining cards after the dealer's Ace was removed.
That creates a 5. It's even worse in six decks with a 7. Card counters can still beat the insurance bet, by only making the bet when they know that more than one-third of the remaining cards are tens.
Unless you are card counter and know the deck is skewed sufficiently, just ignore the insurance bet. It doesn't matter whether you have a good hand or a bad hand. If you have a blackjack when the dealer turns up an Ace, he is likely to offer you "even money" instead of the insurance bet. If you accept, the dealer will pay you the amount of your original bet and discard your hand of blackjack, before he even checks under his Ace to see if he has a blackjack as well.
Many players think this sounds like a good deal, guaranteeing a profit even if the dealer has a blackjack. But that guaranteed profit comes at a price. Let me show you how it works:. So, casinos allow you to eliminate the insurance bet altogether, and simply declare that you want "even money" for your blackjack when the dealer has an Ace showing.
The problem is that you are still making a bad bet on insurance, which costs you money. A player who does not count cards should simply never take the insurance bet, even the "even money" variety.
Some games offer the player a chance to fold their hand, and forfeit half of their bet. This surrender option must be done as the very first action the player takes on the hand. In other words, you can't draw a card and then decide to bail out! Even when surrender is available, it is rarely used by players. Often, the rules posted at the table won't mention it even if the casino allows it. And many players just don't like the idea of surrendering a hand.
But for a smart player, it is a useful option, and reduces the house advantage by about 0. When surrender is available, make sure you know the correct strategy for using it. Most players who use the option surrender too many hands.
If your game offers surrender, I recommend reading my complete explanation of blackjack surrender. In the most common variety known as "late" surrender , a player cannot surrender until after the dealer has checked for blackjack.
If the dealer has blackjack, you will lose your entire bet with no chance of surrendering for half the cost. Generally, the dealer in blackjack must hit if he has a total of 16 or less, and stand if he has 17 or more. Seventeen is a weak hand, so if the dealer is allowed to try to improve the soft 17 hands, it makes the game tougher. When a dealer is allowed to hit soft 17, it adds about 0. Almost all other areas used the better rule of standing on all 17s.
Over the years, more and more casinos have switched to hitting soft 17, and there are now far more H17 games than S17 games. You can still find some games where the dealer stands on all 17s, even in casinos where some of the tables use the H17 rule.
After splitting a pair, many casinos will allow you to double-down on a two-card hand that arises as a result of the split. For example, if you split a pair of eights, and draw a 3 on the first hand, it is valuable to be able to double-down on the resulting hand of As mentioned in the previous section discussion on pair splitting, there are several common restrictions on splitting Aces.
You will receive only one card on each Ace after splitting. Some casinos will allow you to resplit if you draw another Ace, and some will not. That's true even if the casino allows resplits of all other pairs. Many casinos in Europe, and some in other parts of the world, handle the dealer's second card differently.
In these "European No Hole Card" games, the dealer only deals himself one card at the beginning of the round. After all the players have completed their hands, he deals his own second card and completes the hand. Contrast that with the normal US style of play. There, if the dealer has a ten or Ace card up, he checks the other card immediately to see if he has a blackjack. If he does, the hand is over.
This process of "peeking" under the hole card to check for blackjack means that players can only lose one bet per hand if the dealer has a blackjack. In a No-Hole-Card game, a player might split or double and have multiple bets at risk to a dealer blackjack, because the dealer cannot check ahead of time.
This changes the optimal strategy, and means that players should usually not split or double against a dealer ten or Ace upcard. An exception is splitting Aces against a dealer ten. Note that there are a few no-hole-card games where the rules specifically say that only one bet will be collected from a player if the dealer has a blackjack.
In those games, although there is no hole card, you can play the game as if there were. That means you should play it as a Peek game, even though there's not really a peek!
It's all a bit confusing. When the No-Hole-Card rule is in use, and all bets are at risk to a dealer blackjack, it costs the player 0. Use the "No-Peek" option at our Strategy Engine. Ok this one's an extremely rare variation which I doubt you will see in any casinos today but I thought I'd mention. Similarly there is a rule variation whereby the player automatically wins when drawing 7 cards without busting which is called a "Seven Card Charlie".
The most important item is the sign declaring betting limits. Both the minimum and the maximum allowable bets should be on a sign on the table-top. Look around to find a table that suits your bet sizes. Make sure that the table you have selected is actually for blackjack, and not another of the many kinds of table games that casinos offer. Look on the table for the phrase " Blackjack pays 3 to 2 ". Avoid any games that say " Blackjack pays 6 to 5 " instead.
See 6 to 5 Blackjack? Beginners should start off playing the shoe games. The advantage in this style is that all of the players' cards are dealt face-up, so the dealer and other players can easily help you with playing questions and decisions. Once you become proficient at the game, you may want to switch to a game with fewer decks since that lowers the casino's advantage. The dealer will exchange the entire amount of cash for the equivalent in chips, and drop the cash into a box on the table.
Take a quick look at the chips to make sure you know the value of each color. If you have any questions, just ask the dealer. Part of his job is to help players learn the game. Once you are ready to place a bet, wait for the current hand to be completed, then push your bet into the betting circle.
Your chips should be in one stack. If you are betting multiple denominations of chips, place the larger valued chips on the bottom of the stack, and the smaller value chips on top. Once the cards have been dealt, you are not allowed to touch the bet in the circle.
If you need to know how much you have bet for doubling or splitting explained later , the dealer will count down the chips for you. Once the hand is over, the dealer will move around the table to each position in turn, paying winning hands and collecting the chips from losing hands.
After the dealer has paid you, you can remove your chips from the circle, and place your next bet. If you want to let your winnings ride, you will need to form one stack of chips from the two or more stacks on the table after the dealer pays you.
Remember, higher value chips should be placed on the bottom of the stack. When you are ready to leave the table, you do not cash in your chips the same way you bought them. The dealer cannot give you cash for the chips at the table. To do that, you must take the chips to the casino cashier. If you have a lot of low denomination chips in front of you at the table, you should trade them for the equivalent higher value chips instead.
In between hands, just tell the dealer you want to "color up", and he will have you push your chips into the middle of the table. He will count them down, and give you a smaller stack of chips that amount to the same value. This makes them easier to carry for you, and for the dealer it maintains his supply of smaller chips. Now you can take those chips to another table for more play, or head to the casino cashier where you can exchange them for cash.
So, if you have made it this far, congratulations. You should have a good idea of what to expect when you sit down at a blackjack table in the casino. What we have not talked about is how to actually make the best decisions while playing the game. That is a whole subject all its own. To have the best chance of winning, you should learn and practice "basic strategy", which is the mathematically best way to play each hand against each possible dealer upcard. For a free chart that shows the right play in every case, visit our Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine.
If you are looking to play from the comfort of your home, you can visit our online blackjack or live dealer blackjack sections for further resources. Hopefully I've covered just about everything you need.
Specific rules on any malfunction in Live Ca sino Ga mes are included in the specific Live Casin o Game s rules below. Please left-click on the names of any of the Live Cas ino Gam es to see the specific rules for that Live Casi no Ga me:. Baccarat Royal Suite Baccarat Suite. The Player can also bet on a tie. The game is presented to the Player with a live person dealing the cards on screen to provide the Player with a realistic gaming environment in real time.
The theoretical return to player of this game is Over a long period of time, the game is likely to average a return to the Player of To pla ce a bet, the Player moves the cursor to the pictures of the chips in the lower-right corner of the game window and left-click the chip value that they want to use. The chip will automatically appear in the betting box, with the total value of the bet written alongside.
The bet amount will also appear at the bottom of the window. Each left-click will increase the bet value by one chip of the same value, up to the maximum bet for that table. If the Player wants to use a different chip value of this bet, they must move the cursor back to the pictures of the chips at the lower-right corner of the game window on the screen and left-click on the new chip value that they want to use. Then the Player must move the cursor back to the Betting Area on the table layout, and left-click again to increase the bet.
Players must pla ce their bets before the 30 second Betting Timer at the centre of the game window expires.
Betting is not allowed once the Betting Timer has expired. DOUBLE bet button will enable player to double up all the unconfirmed bets which have been pla ced on the table. Any bet which has been placed and confirmed will not be doubled. To remove the last bet from the table layout, left click the UNDO button. All cards are dealt face up. The cards will be drawn in the following order:. There are no values greater than nine in the game of baccarat.
All card values are recalculated when the combined value of two or more cards is greater than nine. This new card value is determined by subtracting ten from the combined card value every time it reaches a number greater than nine. Below are a few examples of this equation. The hand with the highest point value wins.
All losing bets will be collected and all winning bets paid. If a bet is a winner, the winnings will be posted to the credit balance and updated in the credits display upon selecting the next game or upon returning to the Lobby. If both hands have the same point value, that game is a tie and neither side wins or loses. In this case, tie bets wi n, but players and bankers bets do not wi n or lose so the bet is refunded back to the Player.
Dragon bonus is one of the side bet in Live Baccarat game that pays when the chosen hand has a natural w in or when the chosen hand wins by at least 4 points difference non-natural.
The highest payout is 30 to 1 which is for non-natural that wins by 9 points difference. Fortune Six is one of the side bet in Live Baccarat. The bet will be paid if the Banker hand wins with a total of six. It pays 20 to 1 if the Banker hand wins with a total of six and it composed of three cards, and 12 to 1 if composed of two cards.
Payouts are determined at standard odds that you will find to be identical to those used in all of the major Casinos of America, Europe and Asia. Winning players bets receive payout odds of 1 to 1 even money. Winning bankers bets receive payout odds of 1 to 1 even money. Winning tie bets receive payout odds of 8 for 1. If there is a tie, bets on the bankers or players are returned to the Player.
Winning Player bets receive payout odds of 1 to 1 even money. Winning Banker bets receive payout odds of 1 to 1 even money except in the eve nt when the Banker wins on Six Points. Winning Tie bets receive payout odds of 8 for 1. Winning Super Six bets receive payout odds of 12 to 1. The Banker has to make a point count of six in order to wi n. The maximum and minimum bet limits will only be displayed within the Bet Limits menu in the gaming table after the Player has sit on the table.
The Player may also bet on a tie. Natural A natural hand is a two-card hand totalling eight or nine. The highest possible hand is a natural nine, which occurs when the first two cards drawn for either the bankers hand or the players hand total nine. The second highest hand is a natural eight. If a natural is drawn, this is an automatic winning hand and is called a natural winner.
Neither of the hands will receive a third card when a natural is drawn. Tie If both hands have the same value, a tie hand is the result. Super Six A side bet placed on the Banker to w in with a point count of six, with any other result being a loss. There are no optional drawing rules in this game. Whether cards are drawn or not is determined according to the rules provided below. These rules are called the "Drawing Rules" or "Tableau", and are identical to those used in all of the major casinos of America, Europe and Asia.
The decision to dra w a third card for the players hand is made automatically according to standard casino rules as below. If the player's hand totals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 a third card is automatically drawn for the players hand unless the banker's hand consists of a natural 8 or natural 9. If the player's hand totals 6 or 7 the decision is to stand. A card will then be drawn automatically for a banker's hand that totals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
If a third card is drawn for the players hand, the decision to dr aw a third card for the bankers hand is made automatically according to standard casino rules as below.
Total of First Two Cards D raw when the players third card is Stand when the players third card is 0, 1, 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 8 4 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 8, 9, 10 5 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 6 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 7 Stand 8, 9 Stand Natural. The Operator reserves the rights to reshuffle the particular decks of cards if any human or non-human errors occur during cards shuffling.
Payout is 11 to 1. This is a side wager placed on the Banker to wi n with a point count of six, with any other result being a loss. Payout is 12 to 1. The card is scanned by the dealer and the result will be displayed on the Players' computer screen. If any card fails to scan, the dealer will re-scan the card in order to display the result to the Players.
Any failure of the Players' equipment including but not limited to network connection or computer problems, will not void the game result. Players can check their own bet history on the Report section. In the e vent of two or more cards are dealt simultaneously by accident, the current round will be aborted, all bets will be returned and the particular shoe will be replaced with a new shoe.
In the e vent of any cards being revealed during shuffling, the particular shoe will be replaced and dealer will shuffle new set of cards. In the e vent of any cards falling off the table, the current round will be aborted and the particular shoe will be replaced with a new shoe.
If the dealer deals an extra card after the current game is finished, the current game result will be considered valid and the particular shoe will be replaced with a new shoe. In the e vent of a card being placed in the wrong position, the supervisor will correct the card position according to the computer screen correct position.
Video image of card dealing is kept for 24 hours. Players must address their complaint regarding the dispute within 24 hour of the dispute occurring. Royal Suite Suite. Single zero roulette is played by spinning a ball on a round wheel with thirty seven numbered slots.
The object of the game is to predict where the ball will come to rest in the spinning wheel. There are 37 individually numbered sections in the wheel, labelled with the numbers Bets can be placed on any one of these 37 numbers or on various groups of numbers displayed on the table. By predicting the right number, you earn a return on your bet. The size of the payoff depends on how the bet was placed.
To pla ce a bet, the Player must move the cursor to the pictures of the chips and left-click the chip value that they want to use. The Player must then move the cursor to the positions on the table layout that they want to pla ce bets and left-click in each of those positions.
The system will not let the Player pl ace a chip unless it is a valid bet position. Chips will automatically appear underneath the cursor.
The bet amount will also appear at the lower left of the window. Each left-click with the cursor in the same position will increase the bet by one chip of the same value, up to the maximum bet for that position. DOUBLE bet button will enable player to double up all the unconfirmed bets which have been placed on the table. If the Player wants to change to a different chip value, they must move the cursor back to the pictures of the chips at the lower right corner of the game window on the screen and left-click on the new chip value that they want to use.
Then move the cursor back to the table layout and left-click as before to p lace bets. Players must pla ce their bets before the 60 second Betting Timer at the right section of the screen expires. Depending on where the Player chooses to pl ace their chips, they can bet on anywhere from one to eighteen numbers with a single bet. Each type of bet covers a certain range of numbers, and each type has its own payoff rate. The short lines of three numbers each are called rows on the Board, while the longer lines, each holding twelve, are called Columns.
The first five types of bets are all made on the numbered space or on the lines between them and are called Inside Bets, while the last three types are made on the spec ial boxes located around the edge of the Board and are called Outside Bets.
These bets are tabulated below:. The table is laid out in a 12 x 3 grid that includes all of the 36 red and black numbers that appear on the wheel, together with 0 at the top of the layout.
The Player can pla ce chips in any of the betting positions as described below. A Straight-Up bet is a bet on one selected number winning. There are 37 possible Straight-Up bets. The bet is placed within the square of any specific number. If the ball comes to rest in that number in the wheel, this bet wins. If the ball comes to rest in any other number in the wheel, this bet loses. A Split bet is a bet on one of two selected numbers winning. There are 60 possible Split bets. The numbers must be adjacent on the table layout, and not on a diagonal.
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