Here’s a card game where the object is for you to draw
cards that total 21 or come closer to 21 than the dealer.
All cards count as face value, except for the King, Queen,
and Jack, which count as 10 and the Ace, which counts as
either 1 or 11, as you decide.
The dealer starts the game. Every player gets two cards
face up. The Dealer gets two cards, but one card is face up
and one is face down – the “hole” card. All cards are dealt
from a Shoe.
Once you have your two cards in front of you, you can
choose to “stand” (draw no more cards), or take a “hit”
(draw one or more cards) until you reach 21, you “break”
and you automatically lose. A winning hand pays even
Now the Dealer turns over the “hole” card and acts on the
hand according to the rules of the game. The Dealer must
draw to “Soft 17” (cards totaling 6 & A) and “stand” on
“Hard 17” or more. At the end of the game if your count is
the same as the Dealer’s, it is a “push” (nobody wins).
What if you get Blackjack right away?
In the event your first two cards are an Ace and any 10
value card, the Dealer announces your hand as Blackjack.
You will be paid at this time if the Dealer does not have
an Ace or 10 value card as a face up card. However, if the
Dealer’s face up card is an Ace or a 10 value card, you will
not be paid until the Dealer’s “hole” card is known. If the
Dealer’s hand is Blackjack, it is a “push.” A players winning
Blackjack is paid off at the odds of 3 to 2.
In the event the player has Blackjack
(2 card 21) and the Dealer draws to 21,
the Blackjack is the winning hand and
will be paid at the odds of 3 to 2.
In the event the player draws to 21
with more than 2 cards, the Dealer’s
Blackjack is the winning hand.
Blackjack Terms
Splitting Pairs
If your first two cards are a pair with the same numerical
value, you may split them into two hands. You must bet the
same amount as your original wager on each hand formed
by splitting a pair. However, you may double down on each
hand. If the split pair are Aces, you will receive only one
card each. No more than (4) hands may develop from the
original hand. There will be no doubling down on split Aces.
Doubling Down
After you get your first two cards, you may make an
additional wager up to the original amount, except when
your first two cards total 21. When doubling down, you
draw only one additional card. If the Dealer gets Blackjack
after you’ve doubled down, only the original amount of the
wager is collected.
If the Dealer’s face up card is an Ace, you may take
insurance. To do this you place a bet – no more than one
half of your original bet – on the Insurance line. If the
Dealer’s “hole” card is anything but a 10 value card, you
lose your insurance bet. The Dealer collects all losing
Insurance wagers before continuing the hand.
Handling the Cards
Players are not allowed to touch the cards.
Value of Player’s Hand
Player is responsible for the correct count of his or her hand.
Hand Signals
Player is responsible for the proper use of hand signals to
indicate hit or stand. Other decisions are made verbally.
Blackjack pays 3 to 2
Dealer must draw to “soft” 17 and stand on hard 17’s
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and
referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).
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