The game begins with the dealer dealing the player two cards face up, while the dealer takes two cards with one facing up and the other down. The player now has the option to Hit, Stand or Double Down. If the player chooses to Hit, the dealer will give them another card. The player can Hit multiple times when trying to get close to 21 without exceeding it. If the player chooses to Stand, they will not be given any more cards, and their total will be put up against the total of the dealer. The dealer plays by the same rules every hand – if their total is less than 17 they must take another card, while if the dealer’s total is 17 or higher, they must Stand. Cards are counted by their numerical value except for Kings, Queens and Jacks, which are always counted as ten; and Aces can be counted as 1 or 11, whichever is more beneficial.


A Blackjack occurs when the player or dealer reaches 21 with only two cards. This is the highest ranking hand in blackjack and is paid out at a rate specified on the table felt.


A Bust occurs when the total of the cards is 22 or more. Hands which bust are marked as a loss, regardless of the other hand's total.


A Hit is the term used when requesting another card.


A Stand is when the player opts not to take any more cards.

Double Down

A Double Down can only be used as the first action in a hand, and requires the player to double their bet and take only one more card, then Stand.


If the player’s first two cards are of equal value, the player can separate the cards into two hands. The player will be required to place a wager on the second hand equal to that of the first hand.


A Push occurs when both the dealer and the player have an equal total. In the event of a Push, the wagers are returned to the player.


Surrender is an option for the player to give up the hand before taking a card from the dealer, in exchange for half of their initial wager.


If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, the player has the option to buy insurance. The insurance wager is equal to half of their original wager and pays 2/1 if the dealer has a blackjack, if the dealer does not have blackjack, the insurance wager is lost and the hand continues normally.

Soft Hand

A Soft Hand is one that includes an Ace value of 11.

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