How to Play Classic BlackJack

Short Description:

In the 888casino.com Casino Classic BlackJack game you are competing against the dealer (the house), along with other players (up to two). Our game is unique in that you may choose to play with other players, live online, just like a real Casino. We feature both Private, and Public Tables. At a Public Table there are up to three players playing, simultaneously.

The player and the dealer are each dealt two cards, with the goal of reaching 21, without going over. The player may draw as many cards as they wish, until reaching 21. If the player draws a card that puts them over 21 (which is called a "Bust"), they lose the hand. A winning hand adds up to more than the dealer's hand, without "Busting".

Classic BlackJack Rules

Our Classic BlackJack game has a dealer and one to three players (as described above). The dealer deals from a shoe containing four decks of playing cards which are shuffled after every round. Before the deal, the player places his bets by clicking on either the 1 chip, 5 chip, 25 chip or the 100 chip, to reach the desired bet. After deciding on the desired bet the player must click the "Deal" button to proceed with the hand. The round begins after the player has bet and clicked "Deal". In Public Tables, the game will proceed once the 30 seconds default time limit has expired.

Once the deal begins the bets may not be changed. During the course of the hand the player may add to his bets through Double Downs, Splits, and Insurance. After the cards are dealt, you will be offered the appropriate option. Buttons, located on the lower centre of the screen, will appear in order to facilitate the player's desired action. For example, if it is possible to split two cards a button will appear to allow the player to split the cards. The player simply clicks on the "Split" button in order to split.

Each player receives two cards, face up, and the dealer receives one card, face up. The player may request as many additional cards as desired, until he chooses to "Stand" or "Bust". If a player is dealt classic BlackJack, which is a 10 or face card along with an Ace, they are immediately paid 1.5 times the placed bet, unless the dealer also has classic BlackJack, in which case it is a "Push" (the player's bet left on the table).

After all of the players' bets have been completed, the dealer completes their hand. If the dealer has sixteen or less, they must draw a card (Hit), until they reach seventeen or more. If the dealer's card total exceeds 21 (Bust), they must pay all players remaining in the hand.

An Ace can be valued as either a 1 or an 11.
A "Hard Hand" is a hand with no ace, or a hand with an ace that counts as 1. A hand comprising an Ace, 7, and 9 is called a "Hard 17".
A "Soft Hand" is a hand with an ace that counts as 11. A hand comprising an Ace and a 6 is called a "Soft 17."

"Double Down": A player may select the "Double" option after being dealt two cards. The Double option automatically doubles the player's bet and deals one additional card, face up. The player cannot draw any additional cards. The player may double down on any first dealt two cards or after splitting a pair.

"Split": If the player is dealt any pair of cards, on the first two cards (i.e., two Fives, two Jacks, etc.), they may split the cards into two separate hands. The split option automatically places an additional bet, equal to the original wager. Each hand is then played independently, and the player may take as many Hits as desired on each hand (with the exception of Aces, which receive one additional card only, per hand). In the case of split Aces, a player's Classic BlackJack is not possible and is considered as a regular 21. In this case, a dealer's Classic BlackJack wins, and a dealer's 21 becomes a "Push". In the case of split 10s, a player’s 21 is considered as a Classic Blackjack.
A Classic BlackJack in the split loses to the dealer's Classic BlackJack.

"Insurance": If the dealer shows an Ace, the player has the option of making an "Insurance Bet". This equals half the original bet, and ensures that the player will not lose their wager should the dealer be concealing a 10 or face card under their Ace. If, in fact, the dealer's down card is equal to 10, the player wins the Insurance Bet at odds of 2-1. If the dealer's down card has a value of less than 10, the player loses the Insurance Bet and continues normally with the hand.

"Push": A Push refers to when the dealer and the player have the same numerical count in their hands. In this event the play is a draw, and the players bet remains on the table.

Notes:

  • Should a player fail to place a bet within the set default time limit, the hand will continue without their participation.
  • Should a player place a bet, but fail to click the "Deal" button within the set default time limit, they will automatically be dealt two cards and the hand will continue.
  • In the event that the player is unable to click the "Deal" button due to a disconnection, the disconnection rules shall apply.

Payoff

ResultPayoff
Winning Hand1 to 1
Classic BlackJack3 to 2
Insurance2 to 1

Shortcut Keys:

ToClick
DealSpace Bar/C
StandS
HitH
Split/
DoubleD
NoN
YesY
Repeat BetR
Back to the LobbyBackspace

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