The object of the game is to obtain a score as close as possible to 21, without exceeding it.
Cards are valued as follows:
Aces: their value may be 1 or 11.
Figures: their value is 10 (K, Q, J)
All other cards: face value
BLACK JACK LIVE RULES
The player may bet a maximum of 3 seats.
Once bets have been placed the croupier distributes a face-up card to all players then one to himself. He then deals a second card to each of the hands in play, and completes the draw for each hand according to the following table:
Once all hands have acted the croupier completes his draw, by drawing up to 16 and standing on 17.
The following rules determine the winning hands:
1. If the total of any player’s hand is superior to 21, the hand is lost irrespective of the dealer’s totals
2. In the case of equal scores the hand is a draw (no winners)
3. If the players total is superior to the house total the bet is paid 1:1
4. An initial total of 21 with the first two cards dealt is called Blackjack and is paid 3:2. Blackjack is always superior to 21 obtained with 3 or more cards.
The player also has the option to surrender his hand in the case in which he has one of the totals indicated by the letter ‘S’ in the above table; in such cases he will ‘save’ a percentage of his stake of which a percentage will be refunded according to his initial stake and which may even exceed it.
Any hand totaling 8, 9, 10 or 11 with the first two cards may be doubled. In such cases only one supplementary card will be dealt.
Any time two identical cards are dealt there is the option to ‘split’ the cards and play the hand as two separate hands. Two further cards are dealt, one to match each of the initial cards which were split, and two separate hands are played according to normal rules. It is not permitted to further split or double a ‘split’ hand.
Note: If the first two cards of a previously split hand total 21, the point will be considered 21 and not Blackjack.
When the house’s first card is an A the player may bet half the initial stake on the insurance line, to insure against Blackjack. If the house proceeds to draw Blackjack then the insurance bet is paid 2:1 – in all other cases the insurance bet is lost. Insurance may be viewed in effect as a totally independent bet, unrelated to all other bets.