How To Play
Live Royale Blackjack follows the standard rules that all Blackjack players are familiar with. The game uses eight decks of cards and the aim is to build a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is called going bust. When the round ends, if the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then the player wins.
Hand values are simple to understand. The number cards 2 through 10 are worth their face values, the face cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings) are all worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 or 11. Therefore, 21 can be made with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This hand is called Blackjack and it beats all other hands, including those worth 21 but with more than two cards. If a player successfully builds a 10-card hand without going bust, it is known as a 10 Card Charlie and it beats all hands except for Blackjack.
Players place their main bets at the beginning of a round together with any side bets that interest them. Each player is then dealt two face-up cards while the dealer receives one face-up and one facedown. Each player then plays his/her hand in turn and will have three main options for each hand, Stand, Hit and Double. If a player Stands then the hand remains as it is, if the player Hits they receive another card to the hand (it may then be possible to Hit again), and if a player Doubles they will double their bet, receive one more card to the hand and then play moves on.
When all players are finished, it is the dealer’s turn. The dealer must draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
The round ends after the dealer has played. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2. If a player ties with the dealer then the bet is returned as a push.
Hit, Stand and Double are the main options that will be available on every hand. However, in some situations there are further options. If a player’s first two cards have the same value then a player may Split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the first. The hands are then played as regular hands with a couple of important differences. If a player splits Aces then only one more card is dealt to each hand and it is not possible to form Blackjack. Instead, an Ace and a 10 card will count as 21. It is not possible to Split a split hand, but Double is available.
At the start of a round, if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then players can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of the main bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then is pays at 2:1, which means that no money is lost on that hand.
Each Live Royale Blackjack table has seven seats but if they are all taken, then players can use the Bet Behind feature. It gives players the chance to bet on a seated player’s hand but not to make any decisions. It is possible to Bet Behind multiple players simultaneously and it is also possible to Bet Behind other players when seated at a table.
Live Royale Blackjack also offers two side bets, the 21+3 and the Perfect Pairs. The 21+3 side bet wins if the player’s first two cards combine with the dealer’s face-up card 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.
The Perfect Pairs side bet wins if the player’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.