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The object of the game
To win, the player must beat the dealer's hand without going over 21.
Players purchase their chips from the dealer and make their bets in accordance with the minimum and maximum table limits.
The dealer deals the cards from a shoe. Only the dealer may touch the cards. The dealer deals two cards face up to each player, and one card face up and one card face down to himself.
Aces count as 1 or 11, face cards count as 10 and all other cards are counted at face value. A blackjack occurs when the first two cards of a hand are an Ace and a 10 or a face card, i.e. a two-card hand with a total value of 21, the highest possible score at blackjack.
Based on the total of his first two cards and the value of the dealer's face up card, the player has the following options:
Hit, i.e. draw one or several additional cards to improve his hand without going over 21.
Stand if he is satisfied with his hand.
Split a pair, i.e. two cards of the same value, up to a maximum of four hands. Each hand is then played separately. Aces may be split only once and the player receives only one additional card for each hand. When splitting a hand, the player must wager an additional amount equal to his original bet. There is no blackjack on split pairs.
Double down, i.e. wager an additional amount equal to the original bet after the first two cards are dealt, except if the two cards dealt total 21. A player may also double down after splitting a pair, except in the case of a pair of Aces. In all cases, the player receives only one additional card after doubling down.
Take insurance if the dealer's face up card is an Ace. In this case, the player may wager a sum equal to one-half of his original bet on the insurance line. If the dealer draws a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2 to 1. If the dealer fails to draw a blackjack, the player loses his insurance bet.
The House Strategy
After having revealed his face down card, the dealer completes his hand, as necessary, according to the house strategy, which is in accordance with what is indicated at the table:
Hit on a count of soft 17 or less and stand on hard 17 and more.
Hit on a count of 16 or less and stand on all 17s (soft or hard) or more.
Hand in which an Ace may have the value of either 1 or 11 without the total value of the hand exceeding 21.
Example: A soft 17 is a hand that could be made up of an Ace and a 6 for a total value of 7 or 17.
Hand with no Aces or one in which Aces have only the value of 1.
Example: A hard 17 is a hand that could be made up of a 10, a 6 and an Ace for a total value of 17.
A bet wins if:
- The total value of the player's hand is 21 or less and exceeds the value of the dealer's hand.
- The total value of the player's hand is 21 or less and the dealer's hand is over 21.
- The player's hand is a blackjack while the total value of the dealer's hand is 21, with three cards or more.
A blackjack is paid 3 to 2, as long as the dealer does not draw a blackjack himself, which would be considered a tie.
Any other winning hand is paid even money.
When the player's hand and the dealer's hand tie, neither wins nor loses and the player takes back his bet.
If the value of the player's hand exceeds 21, he loses his bet.
A player who is standing may wager on the hand of a player who is seated provided there is an available spot on the layout for this purpose and that the limits per hand indicated at the table are respected. The standing player is bound by the seated player's decisions, except that he is not required to take insurance, split, or double down when the seated player does so.
Side bet - Lucky Ladies
If indicated at the table, you may choose to place a Lucky Ladies side bet, in addition to your initial bet. This bet must be made in accordance with the limits indicated at the table and placed on the table at the designated spot before the first card is dealt.
A Lucky Ladies side bet wins if the total value of the two first cards of your hand is 20. A winning Lucky Ladies side bet is paid as follows:
|Hand Payout Pair of Queens of hearts and a dealer blackjack||1 000 to 1|
|Pair of Queens of hearts||200 to 1|
|Suited pair of 10s, Jacks, Queens or Kings||25 to 1|
|Total of 20, suited||10 to 1|
|Total of 20||4 to 1|