How to play Blackjack

Blackjack score calculation rules

  • Hit – a player that decides to hit requests a dealer to serve him an additional card.
  • Stand – a player that decides to stand indicates that he will not be drawing a card.
  • Double down – when a player has two hands he can use double down to double his bet and require an additional – and the only – card. You can place a bet that amounts up to the original.
  • Splitting pairs – if you are dealt two score-wise matching cards, you can split them and play both hands independently. When you split pairs you must place a bet on the newly split hand that amounts to the bet on the old hand. Some online casinos may allow you to double down after you split or split multiple times – make sure to check the game manual! If you split two Aces you are only entitled to one additional draw for each Ace. In this case, drawing a ten to an Ace is not considered natural and will be beaten by a blackjack.
  • Insurance – if the dealer turns up an Ace he will offer insurance to the players. The choice of insurance allows a player to bet up to half of his original bet against the dealer’s blackjack. The dealer will check for blackjack; in case he does the player will lose his original bet but the insurance bet will be paid out at double odds effectively covering the original bet. If the dealer does not have blackjack the player loses both bets.

    Normally the dealer will play the “stands on all 17s” rule meaning that he is required to draw cards until his totals are 17 points or greater unless he busts. Otherwise, the dealer stands. Notice that an Ace in dealer’s hand under this rule is always considered to be 11 points unless it makes the dealer go over 21 points. He can not split, double down, insure himself or surrender.

  • Winning hand pays 1 to 1.
  • Insurace pays 2 to 1.
  • Blackjack pays 3 to 2.