Playing Blackjack Online
Its often mistakenly referred to as the easiest game around - after all, you just have to be able to count to 21 ... right? WRONG! While its object is simple - get as close to 21 as possible without going over, and hope nobody else at the table got closer - there are more strategies, tips and game styles for Blackjack than almost any other casino game ... except maybe poker.
* Please note, these rules and instructions cover specific details on how to play games in Playtech Casino's.
The object of Blackjack is for the total of your cards to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards, without exceeding 21. In Blackjack, aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value.
If you receive an ace and a ten-value card as your first two cards, you have Blackjack and win one and a half times your bet (if you bet was $10, you receive $25).
If the total value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, you win as much as you had wagered (if your bet was $10, you receive $20). If the total of your cards is more than 21, you “bust” and lose your bet.
If you and the dealer have the same card total (17 and up) neither of you win and your bet is returned to you in a “push”. Blackjack beats a score of 21.
How to Play Blackjack
Our Blackjack follows the standard “Las Vegas Strip” rules, with the following exceptions:
- After each round, used cards are returned to the deck and the deck is shuffled.
- The player may not split a split hand.
- The player may double after splitting.
- The dealer will not check for Blackjack in any case.
- If the player doubles and the dealer's first card is of value 11 (ACE), and the dealer gets blackjack, the player loses both his bets.
What the terms mean
SplitIf your first two cards have the same point value, you may split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You then proceed to draw cards. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand, but if you split two aces, you receive only one additional card for each ace. If you receive an ace and a ten-value card in a split hand, it is counted as 21 and not Blackjack.
After you are dealt two cards, and think that another card will allow you to beat the dealer’s hand, you can increase your bet by an amount up to your original bet or “double” your bet. Your wager is doubled, and you are allowed to receive one more card.
Insurance is considered to be a game of its own within Blackjack. If the dealer has as Ace as his up card, you’ll be given a chance to buy insurance. When you buy insurance, you’re betting that the dealer has a blackjack. It allows you to try and protect yourself when you think that the dealer may have Blackjack. When buying insurance, you place half of your initial bet by pressing the Insurance button. If the dealer does have Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance bet. If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, you lose your insurance bet.
It is theoretically possible for the player to draw 10 card without going bust. In this case the player’s hand automatically wins, except when the dealer has Blackjack.
10 Card Charile
What your winnings PayWinning Hand = 1 to 1
Insurance = 2 to 1
Blackjack = 3 to 2
To play the game:
- Click on chips to increase your bet. Every click on a chip increases your bet. Every right click on a chip on the table removes it from your bet.
- Click the Deal button.
- If the dealer has an ace as his up card, you are offered insurance. If you want to take Insurance, click on the Insurance button.
- Use the Hit, Stand, Double, Split and buttons as required.
- Please note that using Insurance, Double and Split require an additional wager, as described in the rules. You are not able to use these buttons, if you do not have sufficient balance.
- If you want to play another round, press New Game. Then place a bet as described above and click the Deal button, or click Rebet to place the same bet as in the previous round.
|Deal||Deal out the cards.|
|Double||Double the wager and gives you a third card.|
|Hit||Request one more card.|
|Stand||Draw no more cards and start the dealer’s turn.|
|Insurance||Protect your bet for the case when the dealer may have blackjack (see standard Blackjack Rules for more info).|
|Switch||Switch the two top cards of your two hands.|
|New Game||Start a new game round.|
|Rebet||Place the same bet as in the previous round and deal the cards.|
|Skip Turn||Skip your turn when you are playing in multiplayer mode.|
|Split||Split one hand into two separate hands.|
|Chat||To chat with other players, click this button, type your message and then click this button again (or press enter)|
|History||See the game history - dates, bets and results of your previous game rounds.|
|Help||Open the help file (which you are reading right now).|
|Options||Open the Options dialog box – see the Options section of this help file.|
|Cashier||This button appears only in Real Money mode. Click it to go to the Cashier. The Cashier enables you to deposit or withdraw money, view your transaction history, etc.|
|Play For Real Money||This button appears only in Fun Mode. Clicking this will take you to the Real Money mode account creation page. If you already have a Real Money mode account, it will take you to the Real Money mode Login screen.|
|Lobby||Press this to exit the game and go back to the lobby. You can’t exit in the middle of a game round.|
Note on disconnections:
If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You will be automatically directed to the game that was interrupted so you can continue playing.