Black Jack is played at a semi-circular table with seats for a maximum of seven players. These players are the ones who get cards and make decisions.
Black Jack is a card game known popularly as “Twenty-One”. Its aim is to get the maximum score of 21 or as near as possible, but not go over it.
There may be more players or betters but they will stand behind the seated players and they may not ask for cards or make decisions. They will play in the box belonging to one of the seated players but they will not be able to make decisions for themselves when it is time to request cards or to stand.
The mat is marked with squares called boxes. Each of the seated players will place their bet in the box in front of him. Those players who are standing bet against the hand of a seated player, placing their chips in the same box as him.
What you need to know before you start playing
In Black Jack, the croupier places the decks of cards in an automatic dealer known as a “Shoe” and all the players at the table play against the house.
All the cards have their nominal value (1, 2, 3, etc.), with the exception of the face cards, which have a value of 10 points. Furthermore, aces are worth 1 or 11, depending on what is most convenient at the time.
When all the players have placed their bets, the croupier begins to deal the cards face-up on the table, beginning with the player most to his left; the croupier being the last person to get a card. Then, the croupier deals a second card to each player and asks – one by one – if they want another card or would prefer to stand.
The players can request cards with the aim of getting as near as possible to 21 points without going over it as, if they go over that sum, they lose their bet. The player sitting in front of each box is responsible for requesting a card or standing – even if there are other players behind him betting on the same box he is sitting at.
When the players have finished their turns, the croupier will deal cards as per the following rule: If you have 16 points or under, you are bound to request a card, but if you have 17 points or more, you have to stand.
After the croupier checks what the cards add up to, he will proceed to withdraw the losing bets and pay the winners double their bet.
Where the player and the croupier get the same number of points, the game will finish in a draw – no one loses or wins.
Options offered by the game:
If the croupier’s first card is an Ace, the players can insure themselves against a possible Black Jack by the same. In this instance, the player must place an amount equal to half the original bet on the insurance line.
. If the croupier gets Black Jack, he will pay the player 2 to 1 for what he played in insurance.
. If the croupier doesn’t get Black Jack, the player loses the insured amount.
If a player’s first two cards make up 9, 10 or 11, he can double his initial bet if he wants to.
If a player’s first two cards are the same, he can split the cards a maximum of six times, so that both cards will be played independently. Although to do so, he will have to double the bet so that each of the cards has an initial bet.
The player can withdraw from the game losing half of his bet, except when the house’s face-up card is an Ace and always before the third card is dealt to any player requesting one.