Blackjack Single Deck
Blackjack Single Deck How to Play
Single Deck Blackjack rule variants:
- Played with one deck
- You can’t split mismatched picture cards
- Split hands cannot count as Blackjack
- Doubling Down is only available if the hand’s total is 9,10 or 11, and doesn’t include an Ace
How to Bet:
To place your bet, simply click on a chip of your desired value from the rack at the bottom of the playing field and then place them in the required section on the casino table.
In Blackjack you can make bets of up to £1,000 per hand, working with £1, £5, £25, £100 and £500 chips.
To remove a bet before the cards are dealt, press and hold the SPACEBAR and then click on the appropriate bet spot on the table.
To remove all bets, click the CLEAR button.
Click DEAL to start playing.Betting options:
Repeat and Deal - this will repeat your bet from the last game.
Double - Simply click Double to double your previous starting bet and play again (assuming you remain under the table limit.)
Let ‘em Ride - this will repeat your bet and the winnings from the last game (note: Let ‘em Ride is not available if your previous bet took out insurance.)
How to Win Blackjack
The winning hand in blackjack is the hand that totals closest to 21.
You can make 21 up from any number of cards, though a 10 or a picture card and an ace – known as Blackjack – will beat other combinations.
Picture cards count as 10, numbered cards count as they appear and aces could be 1 or 11, depending on what benefits your hand.
If your cards have the same numerical value as the dealer’s you’ll receive your bet back, unless one hand contains an ace and a picture card, in which case it wins.
One of the reasons behind Blackjack’s popularity is that there are so many variants to the game. The following list of features may be varied in different versions of the game.
If you receive two cards of the same value you can Split your hand. This means one pair is divided into two separate hands, each of which can be used to beat the dealer. When splitting you must bet the same wager on both hands and then play each card as though it were a hand.
Doubling down is when you double your original bet after you’ve looked at your first two cards. After doubling, you may draw only one more card.
If you opt to double and win you’ll be paid out an amount double your original wager.
If the dealer gets Blackjack after you’ve split or doubled, your entire wager, both original and double or split amounts, are lost.
If the dealer’s first card is an ace, you can safeguard your hand against the possibility that the dealer has Blackjack, by opting for insurance.
The insurance bet costs half your original wager but if the dealer does have Blackjack, your insurance will pay out at 2-to-1 though you’ll lose your original wager.
If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, you’ll lose the insurance though you can continue the play based on your original wager.
Insurance only covers your original wager; it does not cover any double down bet.
Blackjack Single Deck Tips
One of the ways to get get an idea of how to play Single Deck Blackjack hands is to refer to the table to the right... Your hand is listed along the left hand side, while the dealer's card is along the horizontal.
When you Double Down you double your bet and take one more card only. You'd generally do this with a ten or an eleven because of the high chance of pulling out a ten and getting 21.
As with Doubling Down when you split your cards you're doubling your bet and therefore doubling your risk / reward. The best cards to split are two aces, as 12/2 isn't a good hand while two hands starting with Aces are great.
Beating the Dealer
The dealer must draw more cards until he reaches 17 or above. This gives you the advantage of knowing what he'll do, and what he'll sometimes do is go bust... Which leads us to a golden rule in Blackjack: you're just there to beat the dealer. That doesn't mean you always need a great hand, sometimes it's enough to watch the dealer go bust.