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Each Mini game can be played in either Real Play or Demo Play (Demo play only available when logged out).  Real Play will use funds from your real account balance and demo play will give you a demo funds balance that you can use to play for fun or practice. When playing Real Play your balance will update after every bet and this will in turn be replicated on your balance display at the top of the main screen if you choose to display this.

Each mini game can also be played in a full size pop up window – simply click the ‘Play Full Size Game' button and a version of the chosen game will pop up into a window so you can continue to play. If you then click the maximise button on this pop up window you can play the game in full screen size. Please note the full size game may not remember your previous stake levels so please ensure you check your bets before you continue to play in the full size version.

Due to the size of the graphics on some of the mini games your chip values may not always be legible on the betting cloth.  However should you be uncertain of your staking amounts you can either check the stake field at the bottom of the screen or simply hover over your bets and an overlay will tell you how many chips you have on specific bets. Please make sure you check your stake before you confirm and place your bets.

 

Mini Blackjack Help

Blackjack is arguably the most popular casino game available. A good blackjack player can really give the house a run for it's money as skill plays a big part of the game.  The aim of blackjack is to get a score as near to 21 as possible without going over, whilst still getting a higher score than the dealer.

Before you are dealt any cards, you must place a bet. Once made, you will be dealt two cards. The dealer is then dealt two cards, one face down and one face up. You win if your card total is closer to 21 than the dealer or if the dealer goes bust.

Step 1. Select your chip for betting by clicking on a chip at the bottom left of the screen; once you hover over the chip a selection of other chips are made available – simply click on your required chip denomination. When the mouse pointer is moved inside the bet circle it becomes highlighted in gold; click in the circle to place a chip at the value selected. If desired, each additional click will add one unit of the chip value selected to the bet. A currency value 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. When happy with your bets, click: Deal.

Step 2. Two cards will be dealt to you - 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 your cards are placed face up.

Step 3. 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).

 

Step 4. Should you have a two-card hand totalling 21 (Blackjack), the dealer will show their hand.  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. If you do not have 21, you can either take more cards ('hit') or remain at your current total (a '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.

 

Step 6. 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).

Step 7. If the dealer's total is less than 17, they continue to draw cards until reaching a value equal to or greater than 17.

 

Winning or losing the game

• If the dealer busts, you win the game. 

• If your hand is higher than the dealers, without going over 21, you win. 

• If the dealer's hand is higher than yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins. 

• If you bust, a message will be displayed alongside your cards and you immediately lose the game, plus your bet. 

• If your hand matches the dealers, it is a 'push' and your stake is returned to you. 

• If your winning hand is a split hand, you win evens on your original stake. Blackjack cannot be called on a winning hand.

 

Re-betting

Click NEW GAME then the REBET button to stake the same amount as your previous bet. Click REBET X2 to double your previous stake, or choose a new stake using the chips at the bottom of the table.

Special plays will appear as buttons during the course of the game, when you have the option to play them. Three special plays are featured in Blackjack:

Insurance

If the dealer's second card or 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 back half its value - the insurance bet - thereby limiting your loss.

Note: No Insurance will be offered if you have Blackjack

Split

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, at the start of the game. No further splitting (resplitting) 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 either of your hands beats the dealer, 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.

When splitting two aces, only one further card can be drawn for each hand in the split.

Double

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.

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 your first two cards when the Double button is displayed.

Double-after-split

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.

Two aces

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.

Soft

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. 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.

 

Malfunction voids all pays and play.

This game is regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. 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 in accordance with AGCC regulations.

 

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