How To Play
The game follows the standard Blackjack rules and is played with six decks of cards. However, it also offers the Perfect Pair side game, which gives you the chance to win far more money.
As in all standard Blackjack games, the idea is to build a hand of cards as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. At the end of a round, you win if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is.
As usual, the number cards are worth their face values, the Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. As a result, a hand of 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card, and this is known as Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
To start a round you first need to place your chips in the betting area of each hand that you want to play, at this point you can also place the pair side bets (explained below). Then click on ‘Deal’ to receive the first two face-up cards to each of your active hands. At the same time, the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown.
For each of your hands there are three basic options, ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. If you select ‘Hit’ it will draw another card to your hand, choosing ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and if you select ‘Double’ your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to that hand and the game then moves on to the next hand. If you choose Double, the dealer is showing a 10, and then the dealer goes on to have Blackjack, then you will receive the Double bet back.
In some situations you will be offered more options. For example, if your first two cards have the same value then you can split them into two separate hands that can then be played individually. However, if you split Aces then you can only draw one more card to each hand. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you can take out ‘Insurance’ against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1.
After you have played all of your hands it is the dealer’s turn. The dealer will always draw until his hand is worth at least 16 and then will stand as soon as it is worth 17. Winning hands are paid out at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which is paid at 3:2. Theoretically, you can build a hand of 10 cards without going bust, this is called a 10-Card Charlie and it beats all hands other than Blackjack.
Perfect Blackjack offers the Perfect Pair side game. This is a special side bet that you can place on the first two cards of a hand (both the player’s and dealer’s) forming one of three types of pair. A Perfect Pair is two cards that have the same suit and value and it pays out at 25:1. A Coloured Pair is two cards with the same value and colour but different suits (e.g. 8 of Spades and Clubs) and it pays at 12:1. A Red/Black Pair is two cards that have the same value but different suits and colours and it pays out at 6:1.