Live Elevation Blackjack Rules
As with all Blackjack games, the aim of the game is to build a hand of cards that has a value closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, but without exceeding 21. You win if at the end of a round, your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is.
In Blackjack the number cards (2 through 10) are worth their face value, face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. The game takes its name from the best possible hand, two cards that have a total of 21, an Ace and a 10 card. Blackjack beats all other hands, including those that are worth 21 but contain more than two cards.
How a Round Works
To start a round you need to place your bet and any of the side bets you wish to place. Once the allocated betting time is over, each player will be dealt their first two cards face-up while the dealer receives one face-up card and one facedown.
There are three basic options for a hand, Stand, Hit and Double. If you select Hit you will receive another card to your hand, selecting Stand leaves the hand as it is and play moves on to the next player. If you select Double, your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to the hand, and then play moves on.
Occasionally situations will arise when you have more options than just Hit, Stand and Double. 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 initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then it pays out at 2:1.
If your first two cards have the same value then you have the option to split them and play them as independent hands. If you split two Aces then you can only draw one more card to each hand, but if you split any other cards then you can play them as regular hands.
When all players have finished, the dealer plays. The dealer must draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and they will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
After the dealer has finished playing, you are paid out if you have a winning hand. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out if your first two cards or the dealer’s first two cards form one of three kinds of pairs, a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two identical cards and it pays out at 25:1, a Coloured Pair is two cards that have the same colour and value but come from different suits and it pays out 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.
The 21+3 side bet is on the two cards dealt to you and the dealer’s face-up card combining to form a poker hand. It pays out as follows: a Suited Three of a Kind pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 40:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 30:1, a Straight pays out at 10:1 and a Flush pays out at 5:1.