How to Play Blackjack

It's easy to ace the game of Blackjack, one of the most popular table games at the Island View Casino and around the world. Island View offers a variety of Blackjack tables six deck shoes, Double Deck and 6-5 single deck Blackjack.


Object of the Game

Your goal is to draw cards that total 21, or come closer to 21 than the dealer without going over.


How to Play

The dealer and each player get two cards. The dealer's first card faces up, the second faces down. Face cards each count as 10, Aces count as 1 or 11, all others count at face value. An Ace with any 10, Jack, Queen, or King is a "Blackjack."


If you have a Blackjack, the dealer pays you one-and-a-half times your bet - unless the dealer also has a Blackjack, in which case it's a "push" and neither wins.


If you don't have a Blackjack, you can ask the dealer to "hit" you by using a scratching motion with your fingers on the table.


You may draw as many cards as you like (one at a time), but if you go over 21, you "bust" and lose. If you do not want to "hit," you may "stand" by making a side-to-side waving motion with your hand.


After all players are satisfied with their hands, the dealer will turn his or her down card face up and stand or draw as necessary. The dealer stands on all 17s or higher, or may hit on soft 17s as stated on the table game layout.


Payoff Schedule

All winning bets are paid even money (1 to 1) except for Blackjack, which pays you one-and-a-half times your bet or 3-2.

Blackjack Playing Options

To increase your chances of winning, or winning a bigger payout, consider the following options:


SPLITTING PAIRS. When you have two cards of the same denomination, you may split the pairs into two separate hands and play each hand individually. You must wager the same amount as your original bet on each split hand. If you have split Aces, you get only one hit on each Ace. You may re-split a pair up to three times (making up to four separate hands.) Exception: During Double Deck games you may only re-split Aces once.


DOUBLING DOWN. Consider this if you think you can win with only one additional card. You may wager additional money up to your original bet, and receive one more card. You may double down on any two cards. You may also "double down" after splitting a pair. No Double Down on Aces.


INSURANCE. If the dealer's "up card" is an Ace, you can take insurance. Here you're betting that the dealer has a Blackjack. You can bet only half your original bet. If the dealer does have a Blackjack, your original bet loses and the insurance is paid two to one. If the dealer doesn't have a Blackjack, he takes the insurance bet and the game continues.


6-5 SINGLE DECK BLACKJACK RULES

All Blackjacks pay 6-5 unless the Dealer has Blackjack, in which case the hand will be "pushed"


No even money on Blackjack


All bets must be made in increments of $5.00


No Double Down after splitting hands


No Mid Deck Entry


SPLITTING PAIRS. When you have two cards of the same denomination, you may split the pairs into two separate hands and play each hand individually. You may re-split a pair up to three times (making up to four separate hands.) You must wager the same amount as your original wager and may only split Aces once.


DOUBLING DOWN. Consider this if you think you can win with only one additional card. You may wager additional money up to your original bet, and receive one more card. You may "double down" on 10-11 only. No Double Down after splitting hands.



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