Basics - Each
player is playing against the
dealer. The aim of blackjack
is to have a higher hand then
the dealer without going over
21. Each card has a value which
are added together to make the
total of the hand.
Face cards (King, Queen and
Jack) are worth 10 and Aces
are worth 1 or 11. There is
no rule as to when an Ace is
1 or 11 and you do not need
to state which it is, it's whatever
works best for your hand. All
other cards (2 - 10) are worth
the same amount as their number.
with an Ace in it has a 'soft
total' if the Ace can have the
value of 1 or 11 without going
over 21. The player can draw
another card and use the smaller
value for the Ace to avoid busting.
If you have to use one value
or the other, it is called a
The game is played
with eight decks of cards, shuffled
after every hand.
Paradise currently offers single hand,
single player blackjack only. It is
strictly you vs. the dealer with no
other players at the table, and you
can only play one hand per game.
Once bets are
down, the player including the dealer
is dealt two cards.
The dealer will expose one of his
cards over and the other stays face
down until the end of the game. The
play starts with the player telling
the dealer how they want to play their
hand during their turn. After all
the players have finished their hands
the dealer will finish his and then
pay out or collect on bets.
If you are dealt
21 in your first two cards (Ace &
10), you have a blackjack. Having
a blackjack means you win 1.5 the
amount of your bet. If the dealer
and player both have blackjack then
the hand is a tie.
If your hand
totals over 21 you bust and the dealer
takes the pot despite his cards.
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Basic Strategy for Playing Blackjack
The chart on
the right explains the statistical
instances where you should theoretically
hit, stand, double or split your hand
depending on your hand total and the
dealer's visible card value. It is
a useful strategy tool and should
be consulted when playing blackjack
online. This is especially helpful
for players new to the game. Please
refer to the following for specifics
in blackjack strategies:
is to fold a hand at half the cost
of the original bet.
Hands may only be surrendered at the
start of game play before taking any
other action like hitting, splitting
Only surrender a hand if it has 25%
or less chance of winning.
Hit is to request
another card be dealt and increase
the total value of the hand.
Stand is to keep the current hand
and end the turn.
For best results, consult the blackjack
strategy table to the right.
You have the
option to split your hand when you
have two of a kind (including any
two cards valued at 10) dealt as the
first two cards in play, suits do
Splitting means the pair is split
into two separate hands and is often
a good strategy unless the cards are
both valued at 10. Please see the
blackjack strategy table to the right
for best cases. Splitting doubles
the bet, because both new hands must
have the same value as the original
bet. A player can split additional
pairs resulting from the original
split up to a maximum 3 splits in
After splitting two Aces, only one
card is drawn for each hand. If a
card valued at 10 is drawn, this is
not blackjack but the hand will still
value 21. It is always a good strategy
to split Aces.
be done to a two card hand before
a third card is drawn.
This is similar to a hit, but the
bet can be doubled and only one more
card is added to the hand. No cards
can be drawn after the third card
if a player chooses to double down.
A player can double down the amount
of their original bet.
Players can double on a hand resulting
from a split. For best results, consult
the blackjack strategy table above.
The dealer will
offer an insurance bet to the players
if his up-card is an Ace, just in
case the second card has a value of
10. This is a side bet and does not
affect the original amount. Insurance
bets are half of the original bet
and are paid at 2 to 1 odds. If the
player has bought insurance and the
dealer has blackjack, they will break
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