Table Stake Settings:
Min Stake: £1
Max Stake: £1,000
Firstly, select your chip for betting by clicking on a chip at the bottom of the screen. The chip will then rise, indicating it has been selected for betting.
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. When the mouse pointer is moved inside a circle it becomes highlighted in gold; click in a circle to place a chip at the value selected. Each additional click will add one unit (of the chip value selected) to the bet. The total value of the stake will be displayed alongside the chip/s. Chip values maybe mixed on a particular bet; click on a different chip to change the selected chip value. Use the Clear button to remove all chips from the table. If you want to play all three hands of Blackjack, you must place chips in all three circles. When happy with your bets, click: Deal.
Two cards will be dealt to each hand you are playing. The first of the dealer's cards is placed face down (the 'hole' card), the second is placed face up (the 'upcard'), showing its value. If the dealer's upcard is an ace, you have the option of taking Insurance (see later). Both cards in each of the hands you are playing are placed face up. If all three hands are played, each hand is played one at a time from the right.
The value of your hand will appear alongside your cards. At this stage, if you have two cards of identical value you will be given the option to split them (see later).
Should you have a two-card hand totalling 21 (Blackjack), 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')
If you do not have 21, you can either take more cards ('hit') or remain at your current total (a 'stand'). Should you decide to continue to take more cards, click the HIT button until you have either gone over 21 ('bust') or you wish to retain your card total and call a STAND. Depending upon your card values, you may also be offered options to DOUBLE or SPLIT your hand.
Should you decide to 'Stand', the dealer will then turn over the HOLE CARD (the dealer's first card, dealt face down). 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.
The dealer will continue to draw cards until the card value goes beyond 17, the dealer may go 'bust' should the next draw prove higher than 21, otherwise the players' cards and the dealers' will be compared to determine a winner.
Click NEW GAME to start another game with no bets on the table.
Click the REBET button to stake the same amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action can not be undone when selected
Click the REBET X 2 button to stake double the amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action can not be undone when selected.
•· The dealer peeks on Aces
•· The dealer must stand on a hard 17 and soft 17
•· Allow a split on equal value of cards
•· The player may double on the first hand consisting of two cards with a total card value of 9,10 or 11.
•· The player may double after a split
•· BlackJack can not be called on a split hand
•· The player may not hit after a Double
•· The player may not hit on split aces.
•· The player may split only once per hand to create two separate hands. There can be no re-splitting.
•· The player may not take a Surrender or late Surrender on any number cards.
If the dealer's upcard 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.
Insurance is effectively a side-bet of half the amount of your original stake, paid at 2:1. This means that if the dealer has a natural 21 or Blackjack, you lose your original bet, but win 2 to 1, ie you win back three times the insurance bet value (equivalent to winning the insurance plus your original stake), thereby limiting your loss.
Note: No Insurance will be offered if you have Blackjack
If your first two cards are of identical value, you may split them and place an additional bet (equal to your original bet) to play two hands instead of one. Each of the cards then becomes the start of a new hand. Splitting is only allowed once per hand, when the cards are first dealt. No further splitting (re-splitting) can be carried out. Note: Ten, Jack, Queen and King have identical value; any combination of these cards may be split (in addition to pairs).
If you split a pair of Aces, each Ace is dealt one card and then the hand automatically stands as no further hits are permitted on split aces.
If either of your 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.
In order to identify which hand is to be played a small green indicator will hover above that hand.
This option enables you to double your bet and receive just one more card, forfeiting the opportunity to hit further.
In this version of BlackJack you may choose to select the "Double" option/button whilst playing a hand on your first two cards with a total value of 9,10 or 11.
Note: the above values may be otherwise defined by the operator.
You may not hit and double down to split Aces.
Tip: "Doubling", or "Double 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.
Once you have split your identical value cards into two hands and received a second card for each, you have the option to double down on those two hands. 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.
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 with the option to split them, but only once.
This 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.
Orbis European Blackjack does not allow a player to surrender or Rescue their hand. Surrender/Rescue means giving up half your bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand, if for instance, you have a weak hand.
Once you select the Play button from the Bet Selection screen to play the game, the game animation starts, displaying a card table and set of casino chips.
Bets and payouts
Orbis Blackjack uses five full card decks, which are reshuffled after every hand.
Played with a 52-card deck
Should you get disconnected during play we strongly recommend that on reconnection you re-launch the game and ensure any outstanding transactions are completed. Sky Vegas checks periodically and where incomplete transactions are found those games are terminated and any monies owed are returned to the player.
The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 99.44%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company.
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