The object of the game is to get a card total higher than the dealer's without going over a count of 21. You play against the dealer, not against other players at the table. To win, your hand must be 21 or less, but higher than what the dealer has.
Cards between 2 and 10 are counted at their face value. jacks, Queens, and Kings have a value of 10. An Ace can be counted as 1 or 11, whichever is best to your hand. So, if you hold an 8 and a 6, you have 14, but a nine and an Ace can be either 10 or 20. When you get an Ace and a ten-value card, it's called a blackjack, which beats all other hands except for another blackjack. If you have a blackjack and the dealer has 3 cards that add up to 21, you still win.
Before the cards are dealt, each player must put up a bet. Bets minimum and maximums are set by the casino. To make a bet, simply place your wager (chips) in the appropriate circle.
After placing a bet, you are dealt two cards face up. The dealer also gets two cards, but only one of the dealer's cards is face up. You are then given the option of standing with the cards you have or hitting to take another card. You may hit as often as you like but if you go over 21 you bust and the dealer wins automatically. The dealer will not take any cards until all players at the table have made their selections.
Now the dealer shows his face down card. The dealer must hit until the hand has a value set by the casino or higher. If the dealer exceeds 21 while taking additional cards, the dealer busts and loses.
The payoff if you win is even money (1 to 1 ). If you get a blackjack you are paid 6 to 5. If the dealer gets blackjack at the same time, it's a tie, you don't win or lose.
You may double down (double your bet) after your first two cards. When you double down, you receive only one more card. You cannot ask for any more cards after this.
Another play is the splitting of pairs. If your first two cards dealt are the same value, you may split the cards and play two hands by placing a bet of the equal value as your original bet on the second hand. So if you split a pair of 8's you create two separate hands, each with an initial value of 8. Then you proceed to play out each hand as you would do normally. Casino policies might determine whether you receive more than one card hit to each split.
Also, you may buy insurance when the dealer's up card is an Ace because there is the possibility that the dealer has a blackjack. After all players and the dealer have 2 cards each, the dealer will ask for "insurance". The insurance bet is 1/2 of your original bet. Payment is twice the insurance bet if the dealer does have a blackjack hand.
Placing bets is permitted as long as there is a message on the screen saying "BETS PLEASE" or "LAST BETS PLEASE". Chip value is chosen by pressing on one of the chips. Chip value is in credits and the value of one credit is displayed on the button DENOM. Player can place bets by choosing the chip with desired value and then press the field on the Blackjack table (marked "BET HERE"), or simply drag-and-drop the chip to the table. Pressing the same spot on the table again increases the bet for the currently selected chip value.
Player can cancel his last bet by pressing the "CLEAR LAST BET" button. If more than one bet has been placed on the table, the player can cancel all bets by pressing the "CLEAR ALL BETS" button. When the player presses the "REPEAT LAST BET" button after the end of the game, it will repeat his bet from the previous game. If button is pressed for 3 seconds, "AUTO REPEAT BET" option is enabled. This option auto repeat last bet until the button is pressed again.
The lucky aces side bet can be made before each new blackjack hand is dealt. The lucky aces side bet can only be made if a bet is made on the main game (blackjack).
The player's first 2 cards are combined with the dealer's first 2 cards, and if there is at least one ace in the combined 4 cards, the side bet wins according to the following pay table:
|3 Aces- Same Suit||500:1|
|2 Aces-Same Suit||16:1|
|1 Ace of Diamonds||2:1|
*Only highest win pays