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How to Play European Blackjack
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What is European Blackjack?
Blackjack, or European Blackjack, is a game of skill and chance between you and the Dealer. It’s played with between one and six standard decks of cards. This version, European Blackjack, is played with two standard decks of 52 playing cards that are shuffled before each game.
The aim of European Blackjack is to beat the Dealer’s hand by either getting a better hand, without exceeding 21, or by the Dealer’s hand going bust. In European Blackjack, you can only bet one hand at a time.
Blackjack is when your hand contains an Ace and a card with a value of ten. It is the strongest hand in Blackjack, and automatically stands. It cannot be beaten, only matched.
Playing the Game of European Blackjack
To play a game of European Blackjack, click the Chip Selector arrow buttons to select the chip size you want to bet. Left-click the centre betting circle in the play area to select the chip size you want to bet with. To increase your bet, left-click the centre betting circle selected again. To reduce or remove a bet, right-click the bet you want to reduce or remove. This type of card game can be played on a mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer.
Click the Deal button. A hand of two cards is dealt to you, and one card is dealt to the Dealer. Depending on the cards you are dealt and the game rules, different betting options are available. More than one option can be performed, or one option repeated depending on the stage of the game. The European Blackjack betting options are:
Hit – Click the Hit button. You are dealt one card. Use the Hit option if you want the Dealer to deal you another card from the deck.
Stand – Click the Stand button. This ends the play of this hand. Use the Stand option if you do not want to receive more cards and want to end the game.
Split – Click the Split button. Your hand is divided into two separate hands and a new card is dealt to each hand. Use the Split option if you are dealt two cards with the same denomination, such as two Queens or two Fours and want to Split them into two separate hands.
Double – Click the Double button. A side bet equal to your original bet is placed on the table. You are dealt one card and your hand automatically stands. Use the Double option if your hand has a value of 9, 10 or 11. You can place a side bet that your hand will beat the Dealer’s hand. Only one more card is dealt.
Take Insurance – Click the Insurance button. An Insurance bet, equal to half your original bet, is placed on the table. Use the Insurance option if you do not have Blackjack and the Dealer’s first card is an Ace. You take Insurance against the Dealer getting a Blackjack.
If a button is greyed-out, that option is not available according to the European Blackjack game rules.
Once you have completed your betting options, your hand and the Dealer’s hands are compared. The hand with the highest value wins and the winnings are paid.
European Blackjack Payouts
Winning hands in European Blackjack pay out as follows:
If you win with a Blackjack. you will be paid out at odds of 3 to 2 on your original bet. So if you bet 10 you would win 25.
For any normal winning hand of European Blackjack the payout will double your bet. So, if you bet 10 you would win 20.
If you lose against a Dealer’s Blackjack and have taken Insurance you are paid out at odds of 1 to 1.5 on your original bet. So, if you bet 10 you are paid 15.
European Blackjack Game Features
European Blackjack Terms
Blackjack – This is when your hand contains an Ace and a card with a value of 10. It is the strongest hand in Blackjack, and automatically stands. It cannot be beaten, only matched.
21 – This is when the value of the cards dealt equals 21, but is not a Blackjack. For example, Nine of Spades, a Four of Diamonds and an Eight of Clubs equals 21. Blackjack always beats any other hand with a value of 21. We also provide other table based games such as the popular Casino Football Mobile Roulette.
Denomination – The denomination is the number on the cards, from 2 to 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
Value – Jack, Queen and King have the value of 10. The Ace card has the value of either 1 or 11.
Insurance – This is a side bet against the possibility of the Dealer getting Blackjack. You can take Insurance in European Blackjack if you do not have Blackjack, and the Dealer’s first card is an Ace. Insurance costs half your original bet.
Split – You can split two cards with the same denomination, such as two Queens or two Fours. Your hand is divided into two separate hands and a bet equal to your original bet is placed on the second hand. You have effectively doubled your bet. A new card is dealt to each hand and you play these hands as normal. Cards of the same value but not of the same denomination cannot be split in European Blackjack, for example a Ten of Diamonds and a Jack of Spades have the same value of 10 but cannot be split because they are not from the same denomination.
Double – This is a side bet that your hand will beat the Dealer’s with only one more card drawn. You can double when your hand has a value of 9, 10 or 11. You are dealt one card and your hand automatically stands. Doubling costs the same as your original bet. If you win you are paid double your total bet. This win amount is equal to four times your original bet.
Hit – This is when you request another card from the shoe because your hand is not strong enough to beat the Dealer’s hand. You are dealt one card.
Bust – If your hand value exceeds 21, your hand is bust. Your hand is over and you lose your bet.
Push – This is when your hand and the Dealer’s hand tie. You are paid your original bet.
Stand – This is when you are satisfied with the value of your hand and do not want to draw any more cards. This ends the play of your hand. The Dealer plays his hand and both hands are compared.
Basic Blackjack Strategy table – This table is used during AutoPlay. It enables you to define your own game strategy, or use the default strategy. The default strategy has been designed to benefit the Player.
European Mobile Blackjack Game Rules
European Blackjack is played with two standard decks of 52 playing cards that are shuffled after the completion of every game.
Blackjack always beats any other hand with a value of 21.
All face cards – Jacks, Kings and Queens, have a value of 10.
Aces can have a value of either 1 or 11. You decide what value is more beneficial to your hand.
You may draw up to nine additional cards to make a hand of eleven cards, provided the value of your hand does not exceed 21. If your hand does not exceeded 21 after receiving eleven cards, your hand automatically stands, and the Dealer plays his hand.
The Dealer stands on all hands with the value of 17 and draws on all hands with the value of 16.
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European Blackjack Betting and Payout rules
If the Dealer’s hand exceeds 21, it is bust, and you automatically win.
If you are dealt an Ace and a card with a value of 10, you have Blackjack. Your hand automatically stands. Your hand cannot be beaten, only matched. If you beat the Dealer with Blackjack you are paid out at odds of 3 to 2.
When your hand and the Dealer’s hand tie, it is called a Push. You are paid your original bet.
If both the Dealer and your hand have Blackjack, this is also considered a Push and you are paid out your original bet amount.
If the Dealer gets Blackjack after you have split or doubled, your entire bet – both the original and double or split amounts, are lost.
European Blackjack Splitting rules
You can split two cards that have the same denomination, such as two Queens or two Fours. Your hand is divided into two separate hands and a bet equal to your original bet is placed on the second hand.
If you split a pair of Aces and then draw a card with a denomination of 10, this is not Blackjack, although it has a value of 21. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of 10.
Cards of the same value but not of the same denomination cannot be split in this version of Blackjack. For example, a King and a Ten have the same numerical value, but cannot be split because the cards are not the same denomination.
European Blackjack Double rules
You can double when your hand has a value of 9, 10 or 11. You are dealt one card and your hand automatically stands. The Doubling bet is equal to your original bet.
European Blackjack Insurance rules
You can take Insurance if the Dealer’s first card is an Ace. Insurance costs half your original bet.
Insurance only covers your original hand. It does not cover any second hands on a split, or a double bet.