Blackjack

The game is played with four or six decks of cards and the aim is to achieve a score closer to 21 than the dealer without going over or "bust".

The dealer acts as banker and shuffles the four or six packs of cards which are then offered to one of the players to cut.  Once cut, the cards are placed in a dealing box, known as a "shoe".

All bets, including side bets, must be made before the cards are dealt by placing chips in the appropriate box/circle.  No side bet can be made without also making a bet on the box for the basic game.

A card is dealt face up to each player in turn and one to the dealer.  A second is then dealt face up to each player (a “hand”) but not to the dealer.

Up to 3 players may bet on one box (“playing behind”) but the seated player will make any decisions on whether to draw etc.  The players behind may elect not to double or split. Each player will be asked in turn to decide whether or not to take further cards to improve their hand or “stand” on their original total.
There is no limit to the number of further cards that can be drawn, provided the score does not exceed 21.

An Ace counts as either one or eleven; the player may choose. All picture cards count as a score of 10. Suits are not relevant to the  normal game.

The dealer is not permitted to draw further cards to their hand on a score of 17 but must do so on anything up to a score of 16.

An initial two card total of 21 is called a “Blackjack” and consists of a ten or picture and an Ace.

If the dealer receives the same score as the player, the hand will be tied and the player’s bet stands. A score of 21 achieved by three cards or splitting a pair would be beaten by the dealer having Blackjack. However, a dealer and player will tie if both have Blackjack.
“Insurance”

If the dealer’s first card is an ace, the player who has both his cards may insure his bet against the dealer getting Blackjack by betting up to half his original stake on the insurance line.  If the dealer gets Blackjack, the insurance bet will be paid at 2 to 1 whilst the original hand will stand.  If the dealer's next card is not a ten or a picture, the insurance bet loses.  If the player also has Blackjack, the player may accept even money (which is the same as taking 3 to 2  on the maximum insurance bet) before any more cards are dealt.

 “Doubling”

A player may double their bet on any first two cards (except Blackjack) and receive just one further card, making a total of three cards.

“Splitting Pairs”

If a player’s first two cards are a pair they may elect to split them into two hands. Each hand must have a bet equivalent to the original bet and each hand will then be dealt with in turn. There is no limit to the number of times a hand may split if further cards of the same denomination are dealt to either hand. A pair of Aces that are split will receive only one further card each and the total will not count as a Blackjack if a ten is then dealt.
Usual odds payable

3-2    Blackjack
2-1    Insurance
1-1    Player's hand being closer to 21 beats the dealer's hand
 
How to play PERFECT PAIRS SIDE BET

Perfect Pairs is an optional side bet placed at the same time as the opening bet in the basic game.

Perfect
Pairs is a bet that the first two cards dealt to a hand will be a pair
of the same value (e.g. 2 x 2s, 2 x 7s). Odds are paid depending on
whether the two matching cards are also of the same suit, same colour or
are of mixed colours. If the two cards do not form a pair, the Perfect
Pairs bet loses.

Usual odds payable

Odds are paid according to the pay tables.

Pay Table 1 - for a four deck game:-

30-1    Perfect Pair - both cards of the same suit   
12-1    Same Colour Pair - both cards red or black but of different suits
5-1      Mixed Colour Pair - one red card and one black card
 

Pay Table 2 - for a six deck game:-

30-1    Perfect Pair - both cards of the same suit    
10-1    Same Colour Pair - both cards red or black but of different suits
5-1      Mixed Colour Pair - one red card and one black card How to play the 21+3 SIDE BET

21 + 3 (denoted as +3 on the layout) is an optional side bet placed at the same time as the opening bet  in the basic game and is a bet made that the first two cards dealt to a player, combined with the first card dealt to the dealer, will make a three card poker hand, as listed below:-

• Flush - all three cards of the same suit
• Straight – All three cards in sequence but not the same suit
• Three of a Kind - all three of the same ranking
• Straight Flush – All three in sequence and of the same suit (e.g.4,5,6 of Clubs)

A Straight or Straight Flush may include an Ace in both a high or low sequence (e.g. Ace,2,3 or Queen, King, Ace).

If the three cards do not form one of the above hands the 21+3 bet loses.

Usual odds payable

9-1    On any winning hand

How to play the TOP 3 SIDE BET

Top 3 is an optional side bet placed at the same time as the opening bet in the basic game and is a bet made that the first two cards dealt to a player, combined with the first card dealt to the dealer, will make a three card poker hand as listed below:-.

• Three of a Kind - all three of the same ranking (e.g.3 x 5s, 3 x 9s)
• Straight Flush – All three in sequence and of the same suit (e.g.4,5,6 of Spades)
• Three of a Kind Suited - all three of the same ranking and suit (e.g. 3 x 6s of Diamonds)

Usual odds payable

90-1      Three of a Kind
180-1    Straight Flush
270-1    Three of a Kind, Suited

Order of Resolution of Side Bets

Side Bets will be resolved immediately after the initial deal.  Losing bets will be taken, winning bets and the original stake will be handed back to the player.