A Beginner's Guide to Blackjack

 

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Blackjack Rules

The blackjack table games at Ladbrokes Live Casino are played using eight (8) decks of cards (52 cards per deck).   The object of the game is to draw cards in an effort to come as close to 21 without going over, or alternatively, to be closer to 21 than the dealer.

 

The rules of play for all of the blackjack tables at Ladbrokes Live Casino are based on standardized Las Vegas rules, with the following exceptions:

 

• A player may only split a hand once;

• A player may ‘double-down' after splitting a hand;

• If a player splits Aces, the player will receive only one card per Ace;

• If the dealer's show card is an Ace and draws a blackjack, a player who has made a ‘double-down' bet, the player will lose both bets;

• If the dealer's show card is a 10 or face card, and the dealer draws an Ace, a player who has made a ‘double-down' bet, the initial bet will be returned by the initial bet will be lost.

 

Card Values

Ace: An ace card has a value of either 1 or 11.

Face Cards: Jacks, Queens or Kings have a value of 10.

Numbered Cards: Cards numbered 2 to 10 retain their face value.

 

If the first two cards you draw are an ace and a card with a value of 10, you have a blackjack hand and you will be paid 1.5 times your bet.  For example, if you bet 10 and draw a blackjack hand, you will receive 25.

 

If the total value of all your cards in one round is equal to 21 (not including blackjack), or closer to 21 than the cards held by the dealer, you will win an amount equal to the value of your bet.  For example, if you bet 10 you would receive €20.  Please note that a blackjack hand (see above for a description), beats a hand comprised of more than 2 cards totalling 21.

 

If the total value of all of your cards in one round is greater than 21, your hand is a ‘bust' and you will lose your bet.

 

If the total value of all of your cards in one round is equal to the total value of the cards held by the dealer in the same round (17 and up), your hand will be considered a ‘push' and your original bet will be returned to you.

 

Types of Bets

When you play any of the blackjack tables at Ladbrokes Live Casino, there are several options you have when betting on your hand(s):

 

Split Bets

If the first two cards that are dealt to you have the same face value (for example, two 10s or one 10 and one King), you can choose to split them into two separate hands.  To do so, you will need to place a second bet equal to the value of your initial bet.  After you split your hand you can draw as many cards as you like for each hand, however, if you split Aces you will only receive one card for each hand.  Please note that if you split Aces and then draw a card with a value of 10 (including face cards), the hand is valued as 21 but is not considered a blackjack hand.

 

Double-Down Bets

Ladbrokes Live Casino lets you place ‘double-down' bets on all blackjack tables.

 

This type of bet is often placed if a player thinks that after receiving their two first cards that a third card will allow them to beat the dealer's hand.  To place a double-down bet, you will have to wager the same amount as your initial bet.  Please note that you will only receive one card after placing a double-down bet.

 

Blackjack Insurance Bets

In the event that the dealer's face-up card is an Ace, you can choose to insure your bet against the dealer having blackjack. The cost of this insurance bet is half of your initial bet.

 

If the dealer has blackjack, your insurance bet pays 2 to 1.  If the dealer does not have blackjack, you will lose your insurance bet, plus your initial bet if the value of the dealer's hand is greater than the value of your hand.

 

10 Card Charlie

If you are lucky enough to draw 10 cards on one hand without busting, you have what is known Ladbrokes Live Casino as a 10 Card Charlie hand.  In the event this occurs, you automatically win your hand as long as the dealer does not have blackjack.

 

How to Place Side Bets

If you choose to do so you can bet on whether or not your first two cards, or the dealer's first two cards, will be a pair.  Please see below for a description of possible side bets that you can make:

  • Player's Pair: You can place a side bet on whether or not you think your first two cards will form a ‘Red/Black Pair', a ‘Coloured Pair' or a ‘Perfect Pair'.
  • Dealer's Pair:  You can place a side bet on whether or not you think the dealer's first two cards will form a ‘Red/Black Pair', a ‘Coloured Pair' or a ‘Perfect Pair'.

The following is a detailed description of possible ‘Pair' side bets:

  • Red/Black Pair: If the first two cards dealt to a player, or to the dealer, have the same face value but are of different colour and suits.  For example, if a player or dealer's first two cards are a 2 of Hearts and a 2 of Spades.
  • Coloured Pair: If the first two cards dealt to a player, or to the dealer, have the same face value and colour but are of different suits.  For example, if a player or dealer's first two cards are a 2 of Hearts and a 2 of Diamonds.
  • Perfect Pair: If the first two cards dealt to a player, or to the dealer, are of pair of the same suit.  For example, if a player or dealer's first two cards are two 3 of Diamonds.

Bets can be placed at the same time on whether or not both the dealer and the player's first two cards will form one of the above noted pairs.  Please note, however, that side bets can only be placed when a regular bet is wagered on a hand. To place a side bet, click on ‘Dealer's Pair' or the ‘PP' icon located under your betting area.  To increase the value of your bet, simply click on another chip with a different face value.  To reduce your bet by one chip, right-click on the betting area.

 

‘Behind the Seat' Betting

At Ladbrokes Live Casino you don't have to wait for an open seat in order to play blackjack, thanks to our ‘Behind the Seat' betting feature which allows you to bet on another player's hand and still have the option to ‘Split', ‘Double-Down' or take ‘Insurance'.

 

In the event that you place a ‘Behind the Seat' bet but the main player does not make a bet in the allotted time, you will become the main player for that seat.

 

To become a ‘Behind the Seat' bettor, choose on one of the bet positions and confirm your decision by clicking the ‘OK' button.

 

*Please note:  you can be both a main player and a ‘Behind the Seat' player, however, you cannot be a ‘Behind the Seat' player and main player on the same position.

 

‘Behind the Seat' Insurance Bets:

 

As a ‘Behind the Seat' player, you can choose to purchase Insurance if the dealer's first card is an Ace.

 

‘Behind the Seat' Double-Down Bets:

 

As a ‘Behind the Seat' player, you can choose to ‘Double-Down' if you have sufficient funds in your account.  The following lists the actions you can make as a ‘Behind the Seat' player in a ‘Double-Down' scenario:

 

·         In the event that the main player you're a betting behind chooses to ‘Double-Down' and you do not choose an action but have sufficient funds, a ‘Double-Down' bet will automatically be placed for you;

·         In the event that the main player you're a betting behind chooses to ‘Double-Down' and you do not choose an action or if you do not have sufficient funds for a ‘Double-Down' bet, you will receive one card only and then your hand will ‘Stand';

·         In the event that you would like to ‘Double-Down' but the main player chooses not to, you will be allowed to place a ‘Double-Down' bet but the main player will be able to continue betting on the hand as normal.

 

‘Behind the Seat' Split Bets

As a ‘Behind the Seat' player, you can choose to ‘Split' your hand if you have sufficient funds in your account.  You also have the option to ‘Double-Down' on a ‘Split' hand, or to move your bet to either the right or left hand after the main player has chosen to ‘Split' their hand.

 

Unexpected Internet Disconnection for ‘Behind the Seat' Players

 

If a main player loses their internet connection at start or in the middle of game round while you are a ‘Behind the Seat' player, your total bet will be refunded to your account.

 

If you experience an internet disconnection while betting as a ‘Behind the Seat' player, you will need to log back into your account.  You will then be redirected to a non-live version of the previous game where you can complete your hand.

 

Pay Table

 

Main Game Hands  Pays
Winning hand  1 to 1
Insurance   2 to 1
Blackjack 3 to 2
 
Side Game Hands Pays
Rood/Zwart-Paar      6 to 1
Gekleurd Paar 12 to 1
Perfect Paar 25 to 1