the players hands have been acted upon. – If the player hits and his point total goes over 21, then the hand busts. A busted hand loses automatically. – If the dealers hand busts (too many) then all bets will be paid irrespective of the point total. – If the player & the dealer have the same total, it is a push or “STAND OFF”. – The dealer draws on 16 & stands on 17 or higher. Blackjack Terms Hit: Additional card/s drawn for the players hand with a hand signal similar to a tap or scratching motion on the layout. Stand: Player wishing to stay in the game with the present card total, either with the initial two cards or after hitting one or more cards (without busting), needs to do a hand signal by moving his palm in a horizontal direction. Doubling Down: The Player has the option to “Double down” on any two initial cards, except Blackjack & 21. For doubling down, a bet equivalent to the initial wager has to be placed & the hand will receive only one additional card. Splitting Pairs: The player has the option to split two initial cards of the same value. An additional wager equivalent to the initial wager has to be placed for splitting. One card would be given to each of the split hands. A player can split his or her hand up to 3 times to create 4 separate hands. Split Aces will receive one card only & Aces can be split only once. A player also has theBlackjack is one of the most popular & exciting games option to hit, stand or “double down” on the first twobecause it is easy to learn, fast-paced and fun to play. cards of each hand after the split.Jack, Queen & King (also called picture cards) arecounted as 10. Ace is counted as 1 or 11. Other cards Surrender: The Player has the option to “Surrender” onare counted as per their face value. the initial deal i.e. to forfeit the hand and half of hisAn Ace & a Picture card or 10 achieved on an initial deal original bet, after the initial two cards are dealt.is called “Blackjack”. Surrender is not allowed when the dealers first card isEach player plays against the dealer. The dealer gives an Ace.two cards face up to every player with a bet & one cardface up for the dealer initially. The objective of the game Insurance: If the dealers first card is an Ace, theis to achieve a “Blackjack” or to achieve a good card player may opt for “Insurance”. This bet allows thetotal close to 21 without going over. player to insure his original wager against the dealer achieving a Blackjack. The player may place anPayouts additional wager up to half his original bet on Insurance.– Blackjack pays 3 to 2. Insurance bet wins if the dealer achieves a Blackjack,– All other winning hands are paid 1 to 1. If the which is paid 2to1. If the dealer does not achieve dealers hand busts (too many) then all bets will be Blackjack then the Insurance wager loses. paid irrespective of the point total. Even money: If the Dealers initial card is an Ace & the– If the players point total & the dealers point total player achieves a Blackjack, then the Dealer will offer are same then it would be a “Stand off” or push “Even money” to that hand. The player can opt for a i.e. neither wins nor loses. 1to1 payment for the Blackjack or has to wait for the dealers hand to be completed. If the Dealer achieves aThese simple rules will help players play: Blackjack, then it would be a push and if the dealer does– Blackjack payouts are made immediately after the not achieve Blackjack, then the player will win a initial deal, except when the Dealers first card is an Blackjack payout of 3to2. Ace or 10-value card. In this case, the Blackjack hand will be acted upon only after completion of the Too many: If the point total exceeds 21, it is called “Too Dealers hand. If the Dealer also achieves a many” or bust. Blackjack, then the hand will be a push (stand-off). If not then player wins a Blackjack payout. Soft and Hard total: In a hand total, when an Ace is– The player acts first and the dealer will draw counted as 11, it is called a soft total. All other point additional cards for the Dealers hand, once all totals are called hard totals.