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If you fancy something different from your online casino games then you’ll love Sky Vegas’ Blackjack with 20+ bonus, the blackjack game with a difference where even a losing hand can earn a payout.
The aim of this online table game is to try and beat the Dealer by accumulating the highest total from your cards without going bust with a hand above 21. It follows the traditional American rules used in most casino games and includes many of the plays that you find in Las Vegas. You can double down on any two cards, split your hand and the dealer has to stand on a soft-17. All face cards are worth ten and Aces are worth either 1 or 11 while the rest of the cards in the pack are worth their face value. A blackjack occurs when the total value of a player’s first hand totals 21.
However, with Blackjack with 20+ bonus you can make a side bet by placing a 20+ Bonus before the cards a dealt in addition to your main hand. If you are dealt 20 or 21 on your first two cards then bonus kicks in and all winnings are based on the Dealer’s final hand relative to your hand. But be warned – if you hit, double down or split you hand, you forfeit the bonus.
In Vegas Blackjack with 20+ Bonus, you try to beat the Dealer by accumulating a card value total close to, but not over, 21 points.
Start by placing a bet.
After placing your bets, click the DEAL button to start play.
Playing a Hand of Blackjack
All face cards are worth 10, Aces are worth either 1 or 11, and all other cards are worth their face value. A Blackjack occurs when the card value total of an original hand's first two cards sums to 21 by getting an Ace and a 10-value card.
If the Dealer's face-up card is an Ace, you may be offered the opportunity to place an Insurance Bet against a Dealer's Blackjack. (Whether or not this offer is made is based upon your options settings). If you accept the Insurance Bet offer, this automatically places another bet equal to half of your main game bet. If the Dealer has Blackjack, your Insurance Bet is paid 2 to 1. If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, your Insurance Bet is forfeited and play proceeds.
The Insurance Bet has no impact on the 20+ Bonus award.
If the Dealer's face-up card is a 10-value card, then the Dealer's face down card is checked, but no Insurance Bet is offered. Early checking of Dealer Blackjack is a big advantage for the player since it eliminates risking additional double down bets and split bets to be lost to a late-revealed Dealer Blackjack.
If the Dealer's hand is a Blackjack, then your main game bet is forfeited and the game ends. The exception is when you also have a Blackjack, which is a push, and your main game bet is returned.
If the Dealer's hand is not a Blackjack, then you get to play out your hand. If you are dealt a Blackjack on your first two cards (and the Dealer does not also have a Blackjack), then your hand is an automatic winner and paid 3 to 2. If neither the Dealer nor you have a Blackjack, you are given the opportunity to try to improve the outcome of your hand. Depending on the cards you hold, you may choose one of the following actions:
HIT - You request an additional card. You can continue to request additional cards until you decide to stand or until your card value total is 21 (automatic stop) or until you bust by receiving a card that causes your card value total to exceed 21. If you bust a hand, that hand loses and all corresponding bets are forfeited.
STAND - You request no further cards and play this hand against the Dealer's hand.
SPLIT - If the first two cards in a hand are of the same value, you may click SPLIT to split your cards into two separate hands, which also places an additional bet equal to your initial main game bet. Split Aces are treated like any other split hand. A split hand leading to a two-card value total of 21 is not a Blackjack.
DOUBLE DOWN - On the first two cards in a hand, you may click DOUBLE DOWN to automatically double your original main game bet and receive exactly one additional card. You may also Double Down on the first two cards of any split hand.
The card value total is displayed on circular plaques adjacent to each hand. As cards are dealt to a hand, the plaque displays an updated card value total. When your hand holds an Ace, the plaque flashes the card value total and the word "Soft." The value displayed is based on counting the Ace as an 11 rather than a 1 (for example, a 5 and an Ace are shown as a "Soft 16").
When comparing your hand versus the Dealer's hand, Aces are evaluated such that they represent the highest possible card value total not exceeding 21.
After you have played out your hand without exceeding 21, the Dealer's hand is played out.
If the Dealer's hand is a Blackjack, then all main bets are forfeited, and the game ends. (The exception is when you also have a Blackjack in which case your main bet is returned.)
If the Dealer's card value total is 16 or lower, additional cards are dealt until the card value total is 17 or higher. If the Dealer's card value total exceeds 21, then the Dealer busts and any of your standing hands win. Otherwise, the Dealer's card value total is compared against each of your hands. In the case of a tie, this is a push and your bets for that hand are returned.
20+ BonusTM Award
To be eligible for a 20+ BonusTM award, you must place a 20+ Bonus bet before the cards are dealt. (See How to Bet for more details on betting.)
The 20+ Bonus cannot be played on its own. You must make a main game bet of at least the table minimum amount in order to play the 20+ Bonus game.
You win a 20+ Bonus award by getting a 20 or 21 on your first two cards and then standing. The award amount is based on the Dealer's final hand relative to your two-card hand.
If you hit, double down, or split an initial two-card 20, your 20+ Bonus award is forfeit.
A 20+ Bonus award is not paid on a two-card 20 or 21 formed from a split.
An Insurance Bet has no impact on a 20+ Bonus award.
How To Bet
To play Vegas Blackjack with 20+ Bonus, select a chip value by clicking a chip at the bottom of the playing field. The chip you select brightens and displays in a raised position. To place a bet, click the bet circle in the center of table. Each time you click, you place one chip on the table.
Your bet must be at least as large as the minimum bet and cannot exceed the maximum bet.
After you place your bet, click the DEAL button.
If you wish to repeat your last bet and play immediately after completing a game, click the REBET AND DEAL button. If you have sufficient credits, this button restores your previous bets and initiates play all in one click.
If you wish to repeat your last bet without initiating a new game, click the REBET button. This restores your previous bets. If you wish, you can adjust any bet. You still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play.
The DOUBLE BET button causes your currently placed main bet to be doubled every time you click it. If doubling your current main bet would cause a bet to exceed the bet limit, then the DOUBLE BET button is not available.
If you click the DOUBLE BET button before placing a bet, this is equivalent to first clicking the REBET button and then the DOUBLE BET button. You will still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play.
To remove a bet from the table, either press the SHIFT key and click your chips on the felt, or click the CLEAR button.
Clicking the OPTIONS button reveals a menu of controls that enable you to customize various aspects of the game to suit your preferences:
Rules - Player
Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
Double down is possible on any two cards after Dealer has checked for Dealer Blackjack.
Only one split allowed on two value-matching initial cards.
Split Aces are treated like any other split hand.
Player may double down on the initial two-card hand of a split hand.
Blackjack is only possible on first two cards (and not on split cards).
Player may draw a maximum of eight cards for any hand. An eight-card Player hand whose value does not exceed 21 beats all Dealer outcomes.
A 20+ Bonus award is only paid if Player placed a 20+ Bonus bet and is dealt a 20 or 21 on first two cards (and not on split cards). Player must stand on an initial two-card 20 else their bonus award is forfeit.
An Insurance Bet opportunity is offered when the Dealer's face-up card is an Ace. The Insurance Bet amount will be exactly half of the Player's main game bet. Subsequent Dealer Blackjack will pay 2 to 1 on any Insurance Bet. The Insurance Bet has no impact on the 20+ Bonus award.
Rules - Dealer
Dealer must draw to 16.
Dealer must stand on all 17's. This includes soft values where an Ace can be counted as an 11 value.
Insurance Bets are offered when the Dealer's face up card is an Ace. Subsequent Dealer Blackjack will pay 2 to 1 on any Insurance Bet.
Dealer Blackjack beats all Player outcomes causing loss of all Player main bets. The exception is when Player and Dealer both have Blackjack, in which case the main bet is returned to the Player.
6 decks of standard playing cards, shuffled for each hand of play.
Malfunction voids all pays and plays.
This game is regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 99.80%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company in accordance with AGCC regulations.
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