Classic Blackjack is the original blackjack. There are a lot of variations for online blackjack, but Classic Blackjack is the first and most frequently played version of blackjack and one of the favorite games in the gambling history.
Classic Blackjack is played with one deck of cards and the goal is to beat the dealer by getting a better hand than him, without going over 21. Another way to beat the dealer is if the dealer crosses 21 with his cards(going bust).
Classic Blackjack basics
Classic Blackjack is played with one deck of cards while most other online blackjack variations played with two to eight decks of cards, which is advantageous for you.
In Classic Blackjack the 2, 3, 4,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 cards are worth exactly their face value. Jack, queen and king are worth 10 points.The ace worth either 1 or 11.
You win at blackjack if you have a hand totaling 21 or less that has a higher total score than the dealer and the other players or if the dealer goes bust (over 21). If you have a blackjack you will win automatically, unless the dealer also have a blackjack and then you tie (push). You can’t lose with a blackjack, the “worst” is a tie.
If you get a blackjack, you will be paid 3 to 2 on your original bet. The payout on a non blackjack winning is 1to1.
If the first two cards you receive are an ace and a 10 card, that hand is a black jack, also called a natural. If you get a blackjack, stand, you cannot take any more cards. If the dealer gets a blackjack also, any player who do not have blackjacks lose, even those who has the total of 21.
A hand is “pushed” if you and the dealer tied. In this case both in the case of a blackjack and a regular hand your original bet is returned.
Playing Classic Blackjack, you can “hit” (take another card) until you bust or decide to “stand”. You can stop taking cards whenever you want to.
The dealer does not have the same freedom. He must hit if his cards total 16 or less, and must stand on all hands that total 17 to 21.
You may “double down” only if your hand has a value of 9, 10, or 11. If you double down, your bet is doubled and you receive just one more card.
You may “split” only if receive two initial cards with the same denomination and not with the same value. For example: if you receive a Queen and a ten you cannot split, but you can split two Kings or two eights.
Splitting aces is allowed, but if you draw a 10 after splitting aces, the result is not blackjack.
In Classic Blackjack you can only split once per each blackjack hand.
If the dealer’s first card is an Ace, you can make an insurance bet, which is a bet that is equal to half of your original bet. The insurance bet means you can win (at odds of 2to 1 on the insurance bet) even if you lose the blackjack round. If the dealer does not get a blackjack, you lose the insurance bet.
There is no surrender option in Classic Blackjack.
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