Blackjack is a card game where you try to beat the dealer.
Cards and positions
An ace can be counted either as 1 or 11, while face cards count as 10, and other cards as the value printed on them. The game is played with six decks of 52 cards, without jokers.
You can play several positions at the same time but, if necessary, the casino may limit the number of positions you can play simultaneously, as well as the number of background players.
Course of game
Players are initially dealt two cards each, and the dealer is dealt one card. Players may draw additional cards until they feel the value of their hand is close enough to 21. When all the players have been dealt the number of cards they want, the dealer deals themselves additional cards, until the value of their hand is 17 or higher. The players may not draw additional cards if the value of their hand is 21, unless the hand includes an ace and has two values (such as A+4+6).
The player wins at a payout rate of 1:1 if the value of their hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, or if the dealer’s score exceeds 21. If the dealer’s score is closer to 21, the player loses their bet. In the case of a tied score, the game is a push. The player always loses if their score exceeds 21.
A player who scores 21 with the first two cards of a hand hits Blackjack, which pays at 3:2, except when the dealer also hits Blackjack. If the dealer also hits Blackjack, the game is a push.
Players may double down all hands of two cards, but they will then only be dealt one additional card. To double down, the player places an equal bet next to the original one. When doubling down soft hands (such as A+4 = 5 or 15), the score is always counted as the higher score in the player’s favour.
If the player’s first two cards are equal in value, they can be split into two separate hands by placing a new bet for the second card that is equal in value to the original bet. The two hands will then be played separately. If the next cards dealt to the split hands are equal in value to the first card again, the cards can be further split into separate hands. A maximum of four hands can be formed for one position by splitting. If the player splits two aces, they will only receive one additional card for each hand. If the player’s additional card drawn for either of the split hands is another ace, that hand can be split again. A maximum of four hands can be formed for one position by splitting aces. In a split hand, the score 21 formed by an ace and a face card or a 10 does not count as Blackjack and only pays out at a ratio of 1:1. A score of 21 achieved by splitting always loses to the dealer’s Blackjack.
A split hand can be doubled down in the normal way.
If the dealer’s first card is an ace, the players may insure themselves against the dealer’s Blackjack by placing an additional bet on the insurance line. The maximum value of the insurance bet can be half of the original bet at the maximum. The players must decide on insurance before any additional cards are dealt. If the dealer hits Blackjack, insurance bets pay out at 2:1. If the dealer doesn’t hit Blackjack, the insurance bets are lost and the game goes on as usual.
If the dealer’s first card is an ace, Blackjack pays out at 1:1, i.e., even money, if the player so chooses. If the player does not want even money, Blackjack pays out at 3:2, unless the dealer also hits Blackjack. If the dealer also hits Blackjack, there is a standoff; in other words, the bet neither wins nor loses.
The player may surrender on their turn by pointing this out to the dealer before any additional cards are dealt. When a player surrenders, they lose half of the bet, and the cards are removed to the card corner. Surrendering against the dealer’s ace is not an option.
Triple seven jackpot
If the player is dealt the position 777 on the first three (3) cards of a hand, they immediately receive a payout of 3:1. If the player doubles down on a 77 and is dealt another 7 as the additional card, both the original bet and the additional bet receive a payout of 3:1. NB! If the player splits a pair of sevens, he cannot receive a payout of 3:1 and the hand is played normally.
Jackpot side games
A side game where the player wins if the first two cards they are dealt, together with the dealer’s first card, form a flush, straight, three-of-a-kind, straight flush, or three completely identical cards (“Perfect Trips”). The payouts are as follows:
|Three of a kind same suit||100 x bet|
|Three of a kind or straight flush||30 x bet|
|Straight||10 x bet|
|Flush||5 x bet|
A side game where the player wins the side bet if the first two cards dealt to their position are a pair. Unlike in the main Blackjack game, face cards do not count as 10. To form a pair, the face cards must be two jacks, two queens or two kings. The payouts are as follows:
|Perfect pair (two cards of the same suit)||30 x bet|
|Coloured pair (a pair of two cards of the same colour but different suits)||10 x bet|
|Mixed pair (a pair of one red and one black card)||5 x bet|
The payout for Blackjack is 99.7%.
The payout for the Poker Bonus side game is 93.3%.
The payout for the Perfect Pairs side game is 94.4%
These rules are based on Veikkaus’ casino and slots game rules.