About the Game
This game is played the same way as blackjack is played in traditional
casinos (we use basic Vegas Strip rules). The object is to get the
highest combination of cards in order to beat the dealer's hand
without exceeding a total value of twenty-one in a single hand.
Selecting the Table Limit
Just like in a real casino, you can choose to play at a low-stakes
or a high-stakes table. You can set the value of the table’s minimum
bet and table limit by pressing the arrow in the lower-right area
of the game screen.
How to Play
Placing a Bet
First place your bet by clicking on the desired chip value, and
then clicking again in the betting circle. To increase your bet
by the same value, clicking again in the bet circle. You can keep
increasing your bet until you reach the Table Limit amount. If you
click on the bet circle before selecting a chip value, the lowest-value
chip will automatically be selected and bet.
To decrease a bet, hold down the Control key and then click in
the betting circle.
Once your bet is placed click on DEAL to start the game. The dealer
deals you two cards face up, and two cards to himself, one of which
is face down. Now you have up to five different options to consider:
If you want to stay with the cards you were dealt click on STAND.
Once you’ve chosen to STAND the Dealer’s first card is revealed
and the Dealer will receive cards until reaching a total card value
of seventeen or more. The Dealer must stand on a hard or soft seventeen
and hit on anything lower. A "soft seventeen" is an Ace
valued at eleven and the remaining card or cards totaling six.
You can ask the dealer to deal another card to your hand by clicking
HIT. If you exceed a total value of 21, you "bust" and
lose your bet.
If you are dealt two cards of the same value, you may split them
into two separate hands by clicking the SPLIT button. This will
place a second bet of equal value to your original bet for the new
split hand (you must already have enough in your account to cover
the additional bet before selecting this option). You then play
out each hand individually. You may split any two cards of equal
value such as a ten and a Jack. If you split two Aces, you will
receive just one card for each hand. Any Blackjacks that result
from a split-Ace hand are paid out as a standard 21-value hand,
instead of as a Blackjack. Only one split is allowed per hand.
After you have been dealt the first two cards, if you think a third
card will beat the Dealer, you may elect to DOUBLE Down. This doubles
your original bet and asks the dealer to deal you only one more
card (you must already have enough in your account to cover the
additional bet before selecting this option).
Insurance is offered if the Dealer has a possible Blackjack. This
only occurs if the Dealer's up card is an Ace. Insurance is an additional
wager equal to one half of your original bet and acts as protection
against the Dealer's possible blackjack.
If the Dealer does indeed have a Blackjack, the insurance payout
is 2 to 1 (based on the amount of the Insurance side bet). If the
Dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance bet and play
out the rest of the hand as usual. If both you and the Dealer have
blackjack it is considered a "push", and no money is won
or lost by the player or the dealer.
Resolving the Hands
If your hand exceeds a total value of 21, you "bust"
and lose your bet. The winner is the hand that is closest to a total
value of 21 without busting.
If you end up with the same total card value as the Dealer, you
have a "push" and neither hand wins. A Blackjack is the
combination of an Ace and a card with a value of ten including Jack,
Queen or King. A Blackjack beats a 21-value hand made up of more
than two cards. If you are dealt a Blackjack and the Dealer is not,
you win automatically and payout is 1 1/2 times your original bet
(plus your original bet which is returned). If both you and the
Dealer are dealt Blackjack it is a Push.
How Many Decks?
Each hand is dealt from a single deck of 52 cards, which is reshuffled
after each game.
All numeric cards have a value equal to their number. Face cards—Kings,
Queens, and Jacks—are each worth 10. The value of an Ace can be
either one or eleven.
To play again with the same bet amount hit the DEAL button without
making any bets. The amount you bet last hand will appear again
in the betting circle and the Dealer will start dealing the cards
For expert players, and for players who like or need alternate
interface modes, we offer keyboard shortcuts for all functions of
the Blackjack game. To enable or disable these shortcuts you can
set the Keyboard Shortcuts parameter in the Preferences panel (available
from the Options menu).
These are the available shortcuts for Blackjack:
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Increase your bet by the minimum bet amount
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Decrease your bet by the minimum bet amount
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