You win by making a better hand than the Dealer without going over 21. You may “stand” (take no cards), or “hit” (take a card or multiple cards), but if you go over 21, the Dealer automatically wins.
The Dealer starts the game by dealing two cards face up to each player. The Dealer takes one card face up and the second card face down, the “hole card,” and places it underneath his or her card. Each card assumes the value of the card shown (e.g. 4 of Clubs equals 4 points; Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Tens equal 10 points). Aces count either 1 or 11, whichever the Player chooses.
If the Player feels additional cards are needed to beat the Dealer, the Player will give a gesture indicating he or she would like an additional card and will take additional cards until breaking or giving the gesture indicating he or she would like to stand pat with that particular hand. Decisions to hit or stand are indicated with hand signals. Accepted signals are a side to side motion to stand and a sweeping motion toward oneself to take an additional card. After all Players have completed play on their hands, the Dealer will turn his or her “hole card” face up and complete his or her hand.
Players have the option of increasing their original wager by “doubling down” after the first two cards are received. The “double down” wager may be an amount up to the amount of the original wager. The hand receives one additional card only.
When the first two cards received are of the same value, the Player has the option of splitting them to form two separate hands. Pairs may be split 3 times for a total of 4 hands. The wager on each hand must equal the original wager. Each hand may be hit as many times as desired. When splitting Aces, players will receive only 1 additional card. Also, Players are not allowed to “double down” after they have split.
Decisions to “split” and “double down” are expressed verbally. The Dealer is the only one allowed to touch the cards.
If the Dealer’s up card is an Ace, the player may bet up to half of his or her original bet that the Dealer has Blackjack. This is called an Insurance Bet. Winning Insurance Bets pay 2/1.
Players may play up to, but no more than, three hands. However, if playing two hands, 2X the table minimum is required on both hands. If playing three hands, a player is required to wager 5X the table minimum on all hands.
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