Blackjack, or 21, is one of the most popular card games played in our casino. It is easy to learn and exciting to play. We provide two versions of this game: Double Deck 21, where the cards are dealt from the hand, and Multiple Deck 21 where the cards are dealt from a box called the “shoe.”
In Blackjack, everyone plays against the dealer. In the hand-dealt game, the players are dealt two cards face down. In the shoe-dealt version, players receive both cards face up. In both versions, the dealer receives his/her first card face up and the second card face down. The object of the game is to get as close as possible to 21 without going over 21. If a hand goes over 21, it is called a “bust” or “break” and the wager is lost. In 21, Jacks, Queens, Kings and 10s count as 10. An Ace may be played as a one or an 11. All other cards are played at face value.
When you receive your first two cards, you may either “stand” or “hit.” When you “stand” it means you feel you are close enough to 21 and no longer wish any additional cards. If you wish to receive another card or “hit,” scratch the surface of the table with your first two cards (hand dealt games only). If you wish to “stand” simply tuck your cards underneath your bet.
In the shoe-dealt version, you don’t need to touch your cards, simply indicate a “hit” or “stand” by using hand signals. In both methods of play, you may draw as many cards as you want until you are close to 21 or until you “bust” or “break.”
If you are closer to 21 than the dealer, you win and are paid an amount equal to your original wager. If your hand is less than the dealer’s, you lose. If the dealer’s hand “busts” or “breaks,” you win as well. Ties are a standoff or “push” and your bet remains on the table.
If your initial two cards total 21, any Ace with a 10, Jack, Queen, or King, you have a Blackjack. Blackjack is paid either 6 to 5 or 3 to 2 depending on the type of Blackjack you are playing.
In 21, the player has many options to choose from: