Proceedings of the blackjack game

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Before you start a blackjack game, you have to find a table where a maximum of 7 players are sitting. You then have to buy your tokens and place your bet before the dealer deals the cards.

Betting tokens

Limits are set when it comes to betting tokens for a blackjack game. On each blackjack table, you can find a bet indicator that determines minimum and maximum bets for this specific table.

For example, the indicator can show: 5€-150€, which corresponds to a minimum bet of 5€ and a maximum bet of 150€. You can therefore choose your table according to the rules that are set regarding its bets.

Dealing the cards

Once the players have placed their bets, the dealer can proceed to dealing the cards. They give each player 2 cards, which will be visible to everyone. They receive only one card, which also remains visible to everyone.

Aim of the game

It is important to know that as a player, the dealer is your opponent: you do not play against the other players, but solely against the dealer.

You therefore have two cards face up and you need to get as close to 21 as possible, by drawing new cards. Warning: you must never exceed 21!

You say that there is “blackjack” whenever a player is dealt two cards which equal 21 points. In that case, the player immediately receives 1.5 times their initial bet from the dealer, but only if the dealer does not have an Ace as a visible card.

Value of the cards

Before starting, you need to familiarise yourself with the value of the playing cards.

There is no difficulty: cards numbered from 2 to 10 take on the value they are showing. As for the “face” cards, which are the King, the Queen and the Jack, they are worth 10 points each. Finally, the Ace can be worth either 1 point or 11 points, it's up to you.

Possibilities offered to the player

Once the blackjacks on the table have been paid for players whose two cards were worth 21 points, the game truly starts.

Players will start speaking in turns, starting from the player sitting on the left of the dealer. Several possibilities are offered to the players, including the following.

  • First of all, you can surrender: you then lose half of your initial bet.
  • The second option you are offered is to draw a card, until you get a satisfying combination, as close to 21 as possible. During each turn, the dealer asks you if you want another card: you can accept as many as you want, by saying the word “card” every time. Be careful: if you exceed 21 after drawing a card, your bet is lost.
  • You also have the option of saying “Stay”, because you are happy with the total of your combination: the closest to 21, without exceeding it.
  • If you say “Double”, that means you wish to double your bet and the dealer will give you a single extra card.
  • Finally, you can “split”, i.e. you split your two cards in two separate hands if they form a pair. You can then bet the same amount on each hand. However, if you reach the value of 21 with one of the hands, it will not be a blackjack: your profit will simply equal your initial bet.
  • In case the dealer's face up card is an Ace, you can “take an insurance”, to protect yourself from a potential blackjack from the dealer. Therefore, you place an insurance bet, which allows you to bet up to half of the dealer's initial bet.

The dealer unveils their hand

Once all players have spoken, the dealer can draw their second card, face up. The same principle as for the other players applies and the dealer can speak.

Result of the round

If the dealer gets 21 with their two cards: blackjack! In that case, they win all of the players' bets, except for those who already had a blackjack during the first round.

If the dealer exceeds 21, all the players who are still in the game win their bet.