Multi Hand Blackjack offers the player the opportunity to play up to 3 hands at once.
Standard Blackjack rules apply (please see below).
Before each new hand begins, the player places a wager on either 1, 2 or all 3 of the clearly marked betting areas for the 3 hands.
If playing more than 1 hand, the wagers may be different amounts on each hand.
The starting 2 cards for all 3 player hands and the dealer hand will be dealt, regardless of whether there are wagers staked for all 3 hands.
Since this is a community game, the starting 2 cards for all 3 Blackjack Hands will be the same for all players.
All players will then be prompted to make their 1st decision on their 1st hand (clockwise from dealer). A community card will then be dealt. This process will repeat itself. Once a player has completed all decisions for their hand, they will move on to their next hand (if applicable). When a player has decided to stand on their hand, the next card dealt will be a burn card for that player. After the burn card is dealt, the player will be prompted to make their decision for their next hand.
When the player has completed their decisions for all of their hands, the subsequent cards dealt will be burn cards until the dealer flips over the face down card and completes the dealer hand.
When all of the players have made all of their decisions for all 3 hands, the dealer will turn over the face down card, and finish dealing according to Blackjack rules.
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 bet field.
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 3 to 2. 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.