AIM OF THE GAME
In Multi-player Blackjack, each player and the dealer (the computer) are dealt two cards to start. The objective of Blackjack is to accumulate cards that add up closer to 21 than that of the dealer’s cards, without going over 21. Cards are worth their face value with the exception of Kings, Queens, and Jacks which are each worth 10 and Aces which are worth either 1 or 11. If the value of your hand is closer to 21 than that of the dealer you win. If the value of the dealer’s hand is higher than yours you lose. If the hands are of equal value the deal is a push and your money is returned. If you have a total of 22 or higher (a busted hand), you lose regardless of whether the dealer also busts.
SUMMARY OF RULES
8 52-card decks are used.
The deck is re-shuffled after approximately one-third of the shoe (the 8 decks of cards) has been dealt.
Dealer stands on all soft 17’s.
Doubling after splitting allowed.
No re-splitting of cards allowed.
Only one additional card allowed on each ace when splitting a pair of aces.
HOW TO PLAY
William Hill Casino Blackjack is played with eight fifty-two card decks. The deck is re-shuffled after approximately one-third of the shoe (the 8 decks of cards) has been dealt. All face Ligawd cards are valued at ten and the cards from 2-10 are valued as indicated. Aces can be valued at either one or eleven; if counting the ace as eleven would put the hand over twenty-one, the ace is automatically counted as one instead. You need not specify which value the Ace has. It’s always assumed to have the value that makes the best hand. The value of a hand is simply the sum of the values of the individual cards. For example, a hand containing a Jack, 3, and 4 has a value of 17.
Your chips are stacked by denomination (£1, £5, £25, £100, £500) at the bottom of the screen above your alias. Select the amount you would like to wager on a given hand by clicking the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination. The amount wagered per hand may be increased or decreased by placing the mouse on the stack that you wish to add or subtract to your bet. Each time you click the left mouse button you will add a chip from that pile to your planned wager amount. Likewise by clicking on the right mouse button you can decrease your planned wager amount. You may repeat your last bet by simply hitting the “0” button of your numeric keyboard. Other keyboard shortcuts are summarized below.
In the multi-player version of Blackjack, each table can accommodate five players and the dealer. Your spot on the table will be noted by the word “You” under which your total money will be noted in yellow. You may change your position on the table by clicking on the desired spot between hands. Each player begins a hand by placing a bet on the table as described above. Once you have placed a bet on the table, you may choose to skip the given deal (before your first card is dealt) by clicking on the “Pass” button or to proceed with the bet by pressing “Deal”. If you do not bet or pass within 15 seconds from the beginning of your turn (marked by a light shining on your white circle), you will be automatically excluded from that particular hand. Note that if you join a table in the middle of a hand, you must wait until the round is over and after that you will be able to bet on the next hand. Each player will then receive two cards face up. The dealer will receive one card face up and one face down.
When it is your appropriate turn (marked by a light shining on your white circle), and based on the cards you hold and the one visible from the dealer’s hand, you can do the following by left clicking on the appropriate button:
Requests another card. You can request a hit as many times as you like, but if your total goes over twenty-one, you will Bust and lose the hand.
Requests that you receive no more cards. The hand as it currently stands will be judged against the dealers.
If you have two cards of the same denomination, a Split button will appear. You can split your cards into two hands and play each hand separately. Your original bet will be duplicated for the new hand. Each hand will be played out as usual except when splitting aces, where only one additional card per hand is dealt. A pointing finger will appear over each hand indicating which hand is active. The split option can only be used once per hand — you cannot split part of a split hand.
If you select this option, two things will happen: you will get exactly one more card, your turn will end, and your bet will be doubled.
Whenever the dealer’s up-card is an ace, the player has an option of taking insurance. The player may opt to take insurance by clicking on the “Insurance ” button. If you do not which to take insurance, you simply click on the “Pass” button to proceed with the rest of the hand. If the player believes that the dealer’s down-card is a 10 ranking card, then the player is permitted to place a side bet of half the original wager as insurance. If the dealer does have a 10 ranking card, the player is immediately paid 2-to-1 on the insurance bet, but the original wager is lost unless the player too has a blackjack and pushes with the dealer. Here the player is simply betting that the dealer’s unseen card is a 10 valued card.
The Double Down and Split options will only be available immediately after you receive your first two cards. If the dealer has an ace showing, you will be offered a chance to buy Insurance for half of the amount you bet. When you buy insurance you are, in effect, making a second bet. You are betting that the dealer has a natural blackjack. If the dealer does have a natural blackjack (in other words, his down card is a ten or a face card), you will collect a payoff of 2 to 1 on your insurance. You will also lose your original wager, unless you have a natural blackjack too. If the dealer does not have a natural twenty-one, the rest of the hand is played out as usual and you will lose your insurance money.
If you win the hand, you will get back your original bet plus the same amount in profit. A hand that consists of an Ace and any Ten value card is called a natural twenty-one, or a natural blackjack. If you win with a natural blackjack, you will be paid off at three-to-two, which means you get your original bet back plus 150% profit. (So if you bet £50 and win with a natural twenty-one, you get £50 (your bet) plus £75 (your bet plus half of your bet), which totals to £125.