Deal or No Deal Blackjack is a modern day version of the classic card game but with a Deal or No Deal twist. The aim of blackjack is to beat the dealer by achieving a score higher with your hand without exceeding 21. If the total of the cards are above this amount then the player goes ‘bust’ and loses the hand.
5 card decks.
Cards are shuffled before each game.
Each deck consists of a standard 52-card deck (no Jokers).
Player Blackjack pays 3 to 2 (1.5x original bet + stake returned).
Player Blackjack and Dealer Blackjack (Push) returns players stake.
Insurance pays 2 to 1.
Dealer stands on 17.
PLAYING THE GAME
Step 1 – Placing Bets
Select your chip for betting by clicking on a chip at the bottom of the screen.
On the table there are three betting circles to place your bets. Each circle is the betting area for a hand of Blackjack.
Choose between one and three hands to play by clicking in each betting circle to place a chip.
Use the Clear button to remove all chips from the table.
When happy you are with your bets, click the green Deal button to receive your cards.
Step 2 – Dealing Cards
Two cards (face-up), will be dealt to each hand you are playing and two cards will be dealt to the Dealer.
The first of the Dealer's cards is placed face down (the 'hole' card), the second is placed face up (the 'up-card'), showing its value.
Each hand is played one at a time from the right. The value of your hand will appear alongside your cards. The hand being played is indicated by a green arrow; the game buttons relate to that hand only.
Step 3 – Banker’s Offer
Once each hand has two cards face-up and the Dealer, one card face-up, the Banker will offer a cash amount per hand.
If you accept the offer (by pressing DEAL) you will collect the displayed value and that hand is folded.
If you decline the offer (by pressing NO DEAL) game play will continue as normal.
You can decide whether to show the Banker’s Offers or not using the interface button.
Step 4 – Player Blackjack
Should you have a two-card hand totalling 21 (Blackjack), no further cards will be dealt to that hand.
Play will continue as normal on the other hands (see below).
The Dealer will show their hand after the other hands are played.
If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, you win 3:2 on your stake.
If the dealer does have Blackjack, your original stake is returned to you and the game ends (a 'push').
Step 5 – Standard Game Play
If you do not have 21, you can either take one more card ('HIT') or remain at your current total ('STAND').
You may then continue to take more cards, one by one, by clicking the HIT button, until you have either gone over 21 ('BUST') or you are satisfied with your card total and call a STAND. For example, you may choose to stand at 19 or 20. You may also be offered options to DOUBLE or SPLIT your hand - these are covered in more detail later.
Each of your hands is played in turn from the right until all of your hands are finalised.
Step 6 – The Dealer’s Cards
The dealer will then turn over the hole card. Whether the dealer can now draw any more cards depends on the total of their hand.
If the dealer has fewer than 17, they must draw another card. If the dealer's hand equals 17 or over, they may not draw any more cards. This also applies if the dealer has a soft 17 (an ace card and a six).
If the dealer's total is less than 17, they continue to draw cards until reaching a value equal to or greater than 17.
Insurance is effectively a side-bet of half the amount of your original stake, paid at 2 to 1. This means that if the dealer has a natural 21 or Blackjack, you lose your original bet, but win back half its value - the insurance bet - thereby limiting your loss.
If the dealer's up-card is an ace, you are given the option to accept insurance before the dealer views the hole card (the dealer's first card, dealt face down).
If you accept insurance, the dealer will check ('peek') at their hole card for Blackjack.
Note: No insurance will be offered if you have Blackjack.
If your first two cards are of identical value, you may split them. An additional bet (equal to your original bet) will be placed to play two hands instead of one. Each of the cards then becomes the start of a new hand.
You can split any pair up to 3 times (except Aces). For example, if a player starts with a pair of nines, they may split. If they split, and get a second nine on either hand, they can split that hand. If, on any of those three hands, they get a second nine, they can split one last time. The first split gives them a total of two hands, the second split gives them a total of three hands, and the third split gives them a total of four hands.
Player may split a pair of Aces only once only and one further card can be drawn for each hand in the split.
If either of your split hands beats the dealer, you will be paid evens on your original stake. If you split a hand, Blackjack (3:2) cannot be called on that hand - a winning hand in this situation will be paid at evens.
Note: Ten, Jack, Queen and King have identical value; any combination of these cards may be split (in addition to pairs).
This option enables you to double your bet, but receive just one more card (forfeiting the opportunity to hit further).
The double down option is only available if the total of 2 cards is 9, 10 and 11.
Players may double down on any two card hand, including a two-card hand coming after a split.
Each hand is played out separately and you can choose to double down on one, or both hands.
Doubling down after splitting (on two hands) is the same principle as doubling down on a single hand and returns the same odds - double your stake - for each hand you win.
Tip: Doubling, or Doubling down is most effective when you have an edge on the dealer, for example, when the dealer's hand shows a weak or low card like a Four, Five or Six. A double can be played on your first two cards when the Double button is displayed.
Unlike some other variants of Blackjack, if your first two cards are aces, you do not win the hand. Instead, it forms a total hand of either 12 or 2, but since aces are strong cards, you do have the option to split them.
A ‘soft’ is displayed alongside an ace card when your hand is low enough for the ace card to be assigned its higher value of 11 without going bust. For instance, where an ace is the first or second card to be drawn. You can always draw at least one card to a soft hand without busting.
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