The history of the BlackJack card game itself is still disputed but was probably spawned from other French games such as “chemin de fer” and “French Ferme”. BlackJack originated in French casinos around 1700 where it was called “vingt-et-un” (“twenty-and-one”) and has been played in the U.S. since the 1800’s. It is named as such because if a player got a Jack of Spades and an Ace of Spades as the first two cards (Spade being the color black of course), the player was additionally remunerated.
Our BlackJack game contain 6 decks, 52 cards per deck. The object of BlackJack is for the total of your hand to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, without exceeding 21. In BlackJack, Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value. If you receive an Ace and a ten-value card as your first two cards, you have BlackJack and win one and a half times your bet (Example:if you bet 10 you win 10 plus 15 for a total of 25). If the total value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, you win as much as you had wagered (Example: if you bet 10, you receive your 10 plus 10 for a total of 20). If the total of your cards is more than 21, you Bust and lose your bet. If you and the dealer have the same card total (17 and up) neither of you win and your bet is returned to you in a push. BlackJack (made up of two cards) beats a score of 21.
Player may choose to not continue with current game and “surrender” the game. Player will receive 50% of risk back.
If your first two cards have the same point value, you may split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You then proceed to draw cards. If you split two aces and one of your hands totals 21, it is counted as 21 and not BlackJack.
After you are dealt two cards and you think that one additional card will allow you to beat the dealer’s hand, you can increase your initial bet by the same amount as your original bet. Your wager is doubled, and you are dealt only one more card. The casino may have variations of when you are able to double. Example; any time after the first 2 cards, total of the cards is between 8 and 11, or total of cards is 10 or 11. Please check with the casino.
Insurance is offered only when the Dealers’ first card is an Ace. Insurance is considered to be a game of its own within BlackJack. It allows you to try and protect yourself when you think that the dealer may have BlackJack. When buying insurance, you place half of your initial bet by pressing the Insurance button. If the dealer does have BlackJack, you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance bet. (Example: if you bet 10 and insure 5, if the dealer has BlackJack whether you tie or lose with the Dealer you will win 5 plus 10 for a total of 15). If the dealer doesn’t have BlackJack, you lose your insurance bet.
Checking for BlackJack
The Dealer will check or peek at the face down, second dealer card if an Ace is showing. If the dealer’s second card is a face card or a 10 (BlackJack) the card will turn over, display the value and game will finish. Dealer wins. However if the dealer’s second card does not complete a BlackJack the card remains face down and the game continues. If the Dealers’ first card is a 10 or a face card, no insurance will be offered, the second card will be checked (peek) and if it is an Ace the card will turn over, display the value and game will finish. Dealer wins. However if the dealer’s second card does not complete a BlackJack the card remains face down and the game continues.
|Winning hand||1 to 1|
|Insurance||2 to 1|
|Black Jack||3 to 2|
The Game Interface
Every game contains the following areas and/or buttons:
Balance and Bet Displays:
At the bottom left are two displays which show your current total Balance – the money that is available to you for betting, and your current Bet – the amount you have riding on the current hand or play.
At the center of the window at the bottom are displayed game messages, such as if you’ve won a hand, how much you’ve won, etc.
If you are playing for real, a Cashier button will be displayed in the bottom left above the Balance display. Clicking on this button will cause a popup window to appear containing the Cashier interface, allowing you to make quick deposits into your account.
Clicking on the Options button in the lower right area of the screen will show you the Game Options window. You may customize the game in the following ways:
The games have a speed setting between 1 and 5. The default setting is 4. Faster speeds cause the card animations to speed up so that you may play quicker.
By default, small balloons appear over bet chips on the table which show the value of the chip pile. You may turn these off here.
You may toggle sound effects like card and chip sounds, roulette wheel, sic bo tumbler
Toggle dealer announcements like ‘You Win’ and ‘Dealer etc. Has…’ here.
Clicking this button will cause a popup window to be displayed that contains a comprehensive account of all your bets and results for the current game. You may also access this information in the games web site in the Main Page, ‘History’ section
Clicking on the Help button causes a popup window to be displayed that contains the Help for all the games in the web site. The current game will be displayed initially, but you may view instructions for other games by choosing it in the drop down menu at the top of the page. These instructions are also in the Main Page, ‘Help’ section of the games web site.
The Game play Secuence
Every one of our games is played by opening the game, choosing table limits, betting, playing, and observing the result of your bet and game play choices. We’ll briefly describe these stages of game play, and show you what you need to know to be an expert player! Here are descriptions of each of these parts of the game play process: Starting the Game: After you select a game from the game menu, a window will pop up
This is the game window. You will see the game table, the game console, and several buttons.
Choosing Table Limits:
Before starting the game you may be presented with a window which offers you three choices of table limits. These are the limits that will be imposed on your betting – you may not bet more than the maximum, or less than the minimum. These bet limits apply to EACH bet area. So in Blackjack, the limits apply to each bet position individually. If you are not requested to choose a table limit the game has been assigned a limit by the casino and is displayed on a plaque on the table.
Placing your Bet(s):
After you choose your table limits, the limits window will disappear (the table limits will continue to be displayed on the plaque to the right of the chip area on the table). Along the left side, bottom of the table are a series of chips, each one with a different value marked on its surface. On the table there are one or more bet areas. These areas are shown as a slightly lighter circles or areas. In Roulette, Sic Bo, Keno and some other games you may have to move your mouse cursor to see the many bet areas.
To place a bet
click on a chip, then click in the bet area. The chip with the value you selected will appear in the bet area. The amount on the chip will be deducted from your Balance and added to your Bet. To remove a bet, Control-Click (press and hold the ‘ctrl’ button on the keyboard and then click on the chip) on the chip. It will be removed from the table, and its value will be deducted from your Bet and added back to your Balance.
Depending on the game you are playing, you must start game play by pressing the ‘Deal’, ‘Roll’, or ‘Spin’ buttons. These buttons will be located in the center at the bottom of the table. When you press the button, the dealer will deal the first cards, spin the tumbler, or spin the roulette wheel to start the game. Game play: How the game progresses depends on each individual game. Some games, like Blackjack, game play progresses through several stages where you must decide between many different plays. Other games, like Baccarat, have only one step – the cards are dealt and you either win or lose. The rules for each individual game cover game play in great detail. To view these rules, choose the game from the drop down menu at the top of this rules window.
Starting a New Game:
After you have completed the game, you may play again by clicking the ‘New Game’ button. If playing a card game the cards are reshuffled before each new game. At the beginning of the next game, you have the option to re-bet. This will place the same bets on the table that you placed in the previous game. Just click on the ‘Re-bet’ button! That covers the basic game play for all of the exciting games in our site. For specific game directions, select the game from the drop down menu above. Remember that you can always access the Help section by clicking on the ‘Help’ button in the games, or by clicking on the ‘Help’ menu item in the site main page web site.