How To Play
Blackjack Peek is a standard Blackjack game that allows you to play up to five hands at once. The game is played with six decks of cards, after each round all the cards are returned to the deck and the deck is shuffled. The aim of the game is to form a hand that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is called going bust. If your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
In Blackjack Peek the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that you can make 21 with just two cards, a ten card and an Ace. This is called Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
To start a round you first need place your bet in any hand position that you wish to play. You can play up to five hands per round, but you do not have to play them all. After placing your bets click on ‘Deal’ to receive your first two face up cards to each hand position. At the same time, the dealer will receive one face up card and one face down.
It is at this point that the ‘Peek’ feature comes into play. If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace or a ten card, then the dealer will check for Blackjack. If the face up card is an Ace then you can take out Insurance against Blackjack. If the dealer then has Blackjack the round ends, thereby saving you time and reducing the risk of you losing more money through doubling or splitting.
When it comes to playing your hands you will be given some basic options for each hand, ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. Select ‘Hit’ to receive another card to the hand, as long as it doesn’t send you bust then you will have the chance to Hit again. Select ‘Stand’ to leave the hand as it is and allow play to move on. Select ‘Double’ if you think that one more card will allow you to beat the dealer. You will receive one more card to that hand and the game then moves on to the next hand or dealer.
The dealer will always draw cards until his hand is worth at least 16 and he will then stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more. Winning hands are paid out at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which is paid at 3:2. If your hand is worth the same as the dealer’s is then your bet is returned as a push. Theoretically, it is possible to put together a hand of 10 cards without going bust, if you do this it is called a 10 Card Charlie and you will win as long as the dealer does not have Blackjack.
If your first two cards have the same value, for example two 7s, you can split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You can then draw additional cards to each hand, thereby giving you an extra chance of beating the dealer. If you have split Aces then only one card is drawn to each hand. If a split hand has an ace and a ten-value card then it is considered 21 and not Blackjack.
As mentioned, if the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take out Insurance against him having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack you are paid at 2:1 on the insurance, thereby ensuring that you do not lose the original bet.