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Rules, Game Play and Game Control Options
You will be playing with an eight-deck shoe that is regularly shuffled. The shoe (all eight decks) will be shuffled once at the end of every hand. This is to ensure the highest level of randomness. Shuffling after every hand, reduces even the slightest advantage card counting could offer. (See RNG background and details)
Win, Loss and Everything in Between
Cards have values one to eleven. Aces can be 1 or 11. Cards two through ten have their face value. All picture cards, Jack, Queen and King, have a value of ten.
Blackjack is the highest hand in the game and is a combination of one ace and any card having a value of 10. A winning Blackjack pays 3:2. If both player and dealer have a Blackjack, the bet is a push. Blackjack beats cards totaling 21. Aside from a Blackjack, a winning hand pays even money. The player wins if his hand has a greater value than the dealer/house, without going over 21 (bust).
If both the player and house bust, the player loses. All other ties (where the player and the house have the same total value) are a push and no money is exchanged.
The control panel provides the player with his balance, betting ability and game options. A player's balance is a result of deposits, wins and losses. A round of Blackjack begins with each player clicking on the chips in the bet control to the value they desire, for example, $15 would be 3 clicks on the $5 chip. The bet will stack up behind the rectangle directly in front of the control panel. When you are satisfied with the amount, and before the 30-second time out, you will need to hit the Deal Button. If you do not make the bet in time, you will miss your turn.
If you want to set your default bet, you can do this by using the right click button on your mouse.
The dealer will give each player and himself two cards. Players’ cards are dealt face up. One dealer card is dealt face up (the up card) and the other face down (the hole card). If the dealer has a ten or an ace as the up card the dealer (software) will check for Blackjack immediately and if the dealer does have a Blackjack all losing bets are collected immediately.
In the event the dealer has an ace as the up card the players will have the option of selecting insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. The insurance bet in Blackjack pays 2:1 if the dealer has a Blackjack.
If after checking the dealer has Blackjack, and the player has insurance, the result is "even money payoff”. As an example, the player started with a $10 bet
1.The player would have lost on his initial bet of - $10
2.But the $5 insurance bet, pays 2:1 - Insurance, this means he receives $10 - even money.
You have a soft hand, if one of your cards is an Ace, and the other card is a number (not including 10). Example: 6 + Ace = Ace (counts as 1 or 11) + 6 = 7 or 17
After it has been established that the dealer does not have Blackjack, the players will play their hands.
The following game options are available to players and will be lit on your control panel.
You can click any of these buttons once they are lit before it is your turn, but please be sure you want to undertake the selected action.
If you are satisfied with your hand, and you do not want to accept any more cards, you can stand. To indicate this all you have to do is click on the Stand Button.
If you wish to take another card you may continue to do so until you either Stand or Bust. If you would like another card, click the Hit Button.
If you think the next card will be sufficient and you will only want one card, you can "double down". You will need to click on the Double button
and your bet will automatically be doubled and you will only receive one card. This option is only offered on the first two cards hence once you requested more cards (hit) this option will not longer be available.
Under the "Reno rule", double down is only permitted on hard totals of 9, 10, or 11 (under a similar European rule, only 10 or 11)
If the player's first two cards are of equal value, he may split them into two hands. In such cases, each card is the first card of a new hand. The player will receive one card immediately on each of the two hands and another wager of equal value to the first will automatically appear. Player may only split once.
We will offer the player the option to surrender on the first two cards. If the player does not like their prospects he/she may forfeit half the bet as well as his cards. This option is offered after the dealer has checked for Blackjack.
Player Information - Displayed:
On top of all players cards you will see an ellipse, which displays information and required actions. The ellipse will have the person's nick name on it, it will show when it is their turn and provide the value of the cards, it will also have prompts for action to be taken.
The person on the House's left will receive the cards first and be first to play and all player's turn will follow a clockwise direction until all players have a had chance to play. After the players have played their hands, the dealer will play his hand. The dealer must always play by certain house rules. The individual acting as the house and taking the position of the dealer will have no control over the cards coming out of the deck. Our rules follow standard Blackjack game procedures. The dealer must hit until he reaches a score of 17 (hard or soft) or more. If the dealer busts all players win otherwise only players with higher card values than the dealer win. In case of players having cards that are equal to the dealer’s, it is a push – no money changes hands.
Multiple Hands and Multiple Tables
Players will be allowed to take up to 7 positions on single table at the same time
Dropped Connections (see Log Outs and Disconnections for details)
All players hands, if timed out in the middle of a hand (due to dropped connection or a failure to click before time out) all hands will be finished according to the rules laid down in blackjack strategy and are on our web page under Blackjack Strategy.