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Blackjack Game Rules at Blackjack Ballroom

Blackjack is amongst the most popular and well recognized casino games. It is a game where the gambler plays against the dealer. During a game of Blackjack, cards are dealt from the shoe - a holder containing the playing cards. Traditionally a shoe may contain anything from one standard 52 card deck to 6 decks. Blackjack Ballroom's version is played exclusively with a single 52-card deck, as this offers you the best possible chances of winning. Blackjack can be played between 1 and 6 players.

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You will be dealt two playing cards. The Dealer will be dealt one card. In some Casinos the Dealer is dealt two cards but only one is turned so that its value can be revealed.
The card that remains face down is called the 'hole card.'

The object of the game of Blackjack is to obtain a hand with the highest possible value without exceeding 21. All face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) have a value of ten and the Aces can have a value of one (1) or eleven (11).

If your initial two cards do not total 21 then you may request additional cards. This is called a ' hit'.
If your hand does not go bust and still does not equal 21, you may continue to request additional cards until your hand goes bust (over 21), reaches 21 or you decide to 'Stand' or 'Stay'.

If you are dealt Blackjack (a 10 card plus an ace) then you automatically win, unless the dealers card is an ace or a card of value ten, and a dealer blackjack is also possible. If you are dealt a Blackjack then you will not be allowed to draw further cards as you already have the best possible hand. If you go bust the game is over and the dealer wins.

If you reach 21 or choose to Stand, the dealer will draw another card. The dealer must continue to draw cards untill their hand is at least 17 in value.
In the event of the dealer not going bust the value of the dealer and your hands are then compared. If your hand is stronger the Casino will pay you twice the amount originally wagered.
If you win on a Blackjack you will be paid out 2.5 times your original wager.

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Like any other online game, Blackjack has certain rules. Blackjack Ballrooms version of Blackjack is played with a single deck of cards, which is shuffled after the completion of every hand/game.

You may draw up to nine additional cards (i.e. a total of 11 cards) as long as the value of your hand does not exceed 21. If you go over 21 this is called a 'bust' and you automatically lose the hand. If you have not yet exceeded 21 after receiving eleven cards you will automatically stay and the dealer will play his hand.

The dealer must stand on all 17 and draw on 16.

If the Dealer gets Blackjack after you have Split or Doubled your entire bet (both original and Double or Split amounts) are lost.

An Ace may have a value of either 1 or 11. Any combination of cards that contains the Ace card and whose value does not exceed 21 is referred to as a 'soft hand'. An Ace will take on the value most beneficial for your hand. For example an Ace and eight will add up to 19 but if you choose to take another card that would cause the hand's total value to exceed 21 the Ace will revert to a value of 1.

If you are dealt an Ace and a card with the value of ten (a natural ten or face card) as your first two cards this is called Blackjack. You will automatically stand when you receive a Blackjack, as this is the best hand possible. If you beat the dealer with a Blackjack you are paid out at 3 to 2.

If you receive two cards of the same value (such as two Ace's or two tens) you may 'Split' your hand. This means that your pair is divided into two separate hands. You wager a second amount equal to that of your original wager on the second hand and are able to play both hands as normal.

Cards of the same value but not of the same denomination cannot be split in this version of Blackjack. So while a king and ten may have the same numerical value a hand consisting of these two cards cannot be split because the cards do not have the same denomination.

If you have split a pair of aces and then draw a card with a value of ten then this is not counted as Blackjack. Such a hand would have a value of 21. It will beat any dealer's hand with a value of less than 21 and draw against all other Dealer hands except a Blackjack. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of ten. If you split a pair of tens (or face cards) and then receive an ace this hand is not counted as Blackjack.

If the value of your initial two cards is 9, 10 or 11 then you are allowed to 'Double.' This is a wager that your next card will be sufficient to beat the dealer's as-of-yet-uncompleted hand. The wager costs as much as your original bet, but if you win you will be paid double of your total wager (or four times your original wager).

Insurance only covers your original bet. It does not cover any Double bet. When the dealer is dealt an 'Ace' you are given the option to place an insurance bet. The Insurance bet costs half your original bet and will pay out 2 to 1 if the dealer gets Blackjack. You lose your original bet.
If the dealer does not get Blackjack you lose your insurance bet and the game proceeds as normal.

After all hands have been played your hands are compared to the dealer's hand. If the value of both hands are the same it is called a Push. On the event of a Push you receive your bet back and no one wins. Blackjack (which value is 21) beats a hand that's value is also 21. If both the dealer and you have Blackjack this is considered a Push.

Please Note - This version of Blackjack is played with a single deck of cards, which is shuffled after the completion of every hand. This is necessary to stop card counting which is easy with computer software. Generally, every online casino's software will automatically shuffles the cards after each hand. This results in a fair game for both casino and player.


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