Bitcoin blackJack has two variants, the American and the European one. The table, the objective of the game and the bets of the two modalities are practically the same. This guide uses the European version to explain how to play bitcoin Blackjack.
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Appearance of the Bitcoin Blackjack table
A Bitcoin Blackjack table has a semicircular shape. In the circular part there is space for up to 7 players, the dealer is placed in front of the players. When you sit down you must buy chips from the dealer or bring them from another table. Only those chips placed in the betting circle will count as your bet. After all bets are made the game begins.
Objective of the Bitcoin Blackjack
In Bitcoin Blackjack each player plays against the dealer. The goal of the game is to get 21 points or at least get -without going over- a value closer to 21 than the dealer. The value of each cards in Blackjack are as follows: the pip cards are worth their value, the face cards are worth 10 and the ace can count as either 1 or 11, whichever suits the player more.
The maximum hand of the game is known as a "Blackjack", a player has "Blackjack" when his two initial cards add 21, i.e., be an ace and a card with the value of 10 (the 10 or any face cards). The sum of 21 with more than two cards is not called "Blackjack".
How to play Bitcoin Blackjack and place bets
At the beginning of the game each player must make his initial bet, after all players have made their bets, the dealer will say "no more" to close the betting round and start with the dealing of the cards. The dealer will deal two cards face up to each player and one to himself, but face down. After these cards are dealt, the dealer will ask to the player on his left to play his hand, (this position is known as first base). After this player plays his hand, the dealer asks the next player, and so on, until finally it is the dealer who plays his hand.
Players that stay further away from 21 than the dealer, or are over 21, will lose their bets. Players that tie with the dealer do not win or lose, they recover their bets. The winning bets with the bitcoin Blackjack are paid 3 to 2 providing the dealer does not get one at the same time, the rest of winning bets, and players that are closer to 21 than the dealer, will be paid 1 x 1.
Each player only has one turn to play his hand, being possible:
- Hitting: A player will be able to draw as many cards as he wants while his hand is under 21 points. To point out to the dealer you want a hit, you will tap the table in front of you or make a beckoning motion with your hand. If the player asks for a card, and the sum of all the player’s cards is above 21, the dealer will withdraw the cards and collect his bets.
- Standing: A player can stand anytime, therefore once you are satisfied with either your first two cards or after hitting, you point out to the dealer that you wish to stand. This is done by waving your hand over the top of your cards.
- Doubling Down: A player can double down his bet, but only at the beginning of his turn, after receiving the initial cards. To double down the bet you must place another bet of the same value as the initial one and you will only receive one more card. Most casinos will allow you to double down on any two cards (DOA). Some casinos limit your doubling to hands that total ten or eleven.
- Splitting: If you are dealt a pair (two cards of the same rank) you can split these into two separate hands. To do this, you must make a bet equal to the initial one, so that each hand has their own bet. The player will play each hand independently. If after separating a hand you get the score of 21 with two cards, it is not considered Blackjack. With separated hands you will never be able to get Blackjack. When two aces are separated, only one card will be dealt to each separate hand.
If after the cards are dealt, the dealer's facing up card is an ace, he will offer the players the possibility to place the insurance bets. You are not really insuring a hand. This is a side bet of the value of half your original bet. You would be wagering on the dealer having a card which is worth 10 together with his ace. If you have a blackjack and the dealer has an ace, without knowing his other card, you will be asked if you would like even money for your blackjack instead of 3 to 2. If you do make the insurance bet and the dealer turns out to have Blackjack, you will lose your original bet but you will win your insurance bet and you’ll be paid 2 to 1.