Mini Blackjack

Mini Blackjack

A Casino classic to play between bingo draws. Hit or stand? It's up to you!

How to Play

  1. Select your stake by resting your curser over the chip to the bottom of the screen. The chip will then reveal further chip values for possible selection, they will expand in size when your curser rolls over each of them to indicate that this chip has been chosen. Click on the chip to activate selection. Finally, click on the table betting area (highlighted circle) to place a bet at the value of the chip selected.
  2. To change the chip value for betting or to remove all chips from the table use the Clear button. It is possible to mix chip values on the same bet by using the same process as detailed (in point 1) above; clicking on the table betting area to finalise the selection. The total currency value (Stake) will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. When ready to proceed with play select Deal.
  3. Two cards will be dealt to you and the dealer. The first of the dealer's cards is placed face down (the 'hole' card), the second is placed face up (the 'upcard'), showing its value. If the dealer's upcard is an ace, you have the option of taking Insurance (see later). Both your cards are placed face up.
  4. The value of your hand will appear together with your cards as will the value for the dealer's proceeding the turn of their 'hole' card. At this stage, if you have two cards of identical value you will be given the option to split them (see later).
  5. Should you have a two-card hand totalling 21 (Blackjack), the dealer will show their hand. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you win 3:2 on your stake. If the dealer does have Blackjack, your original stake is returned to you and the game ends (a 'push').
  6. If you do not have 21, you can either take more cards ('HIT') or remain at your current total (a 'stand'). Should you decide to continue to take more cards, click the HIT button until you have either gone over 21 ('bust') or you wish to retain your card total and call to STAND. Depending upon your card values; you may also be offered further options to DOUBLE or SPLIT your hand — these options and others are discussed in more detail in the 'Special Plays' section.
  7. Should you decide to 'Stand'; the dealer will then turn over the HOLE CARD (the dealer's first card, dealt face down). Whether the dealer can now draw any more cards depends on the total of their hand. If the dealer has fewer than 17, they must draw another card. If the dealer's hand equals 17 or over, they may not draw any more cards. The dealer must stand a soft 17 (an ace card and a six).
  8. The dealer will continue to draw cards until the card value goes beyond 17, the dealer may go 'bust' should the next draw prove higher than 21, otherwise the players' cards and the dealers' will be compared to determine a winner.

Winning or Losing the Game

  • If the dealer busts, you win the game.
  • If your hand is higher than the dealers, without going over 21, you win.
  • If the dealer's hand is higher than yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins.
  • If you bust, a message will be displayed alongside your cards and you immediately lose the game, plus your bet.
  • If your hand value matches the dealers, it is a 'push' and your stake is returned to you.
  • If your winning hand is a split hand, you win evens on your original stake. Blackjack cannot be called on a winning hand that has split
  • The highest possible hand is a Blackjack, meaning an initial two-card total of 21 (an ace and a ten-value card). If the dealer has a Blackjack and the player has a total of 21 with more than two cards, the dealer wins.

Rebetting

Click NEW GAME to start another game with no bets on the table.

Click the REBET button to bet the same amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action cannot be undone when selected.

Click the REBET X 2 button to bet double the amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action cannot be undone when selected.

Rules

  • If the dealer busts, you win the game.
  • If your hand is higher than the dealers, without going over 21, you win.
  • If the dealer's hand is higher than yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins.
  • If you bust, a message will be displayed alongside your cards and you immediately lose the game, plus your bet.
  • If your hand value matches the dealers, it is a 'push' and your stake is returned to you.
  • If your winning hand is a split hand, you win evens on your original stake. Blackjack cannot be called on a winning hand that has split
  • The highest possible hand is a Blackjack, meaning an initial two-card total of 21 (an ace and a ten-value card). If the dealer has a Blackjack and the player has a total of 21 with more than two cards, the dealer wins.

Card Values

Card
Ace

1 or 11. The strongest card in the game. You, the player, decide the value of the card and you may change its value at certain points in the game.

For instance, if your hand consists of an ace and a ten, the ace has a value of 11, to call Blackjack at 21.

However, if your hand shows a total of 19, and then you draw an ace, it would be assigned a value of one to prevent a 'bust' and bring the value of your hand up to 20.

If you draw two aces as your first cards, they are assigned values of 1 and 11 respectively.

Court Cards: King, Queen, Jack 10
Number cards: 2-10 Face value. For instance, the three of clubs has a value of 3.

Special Plays

Special plays will appear as buttons during the course of the game, when you have the option to play them. The special plays featured in Blackjack are as follows;

Insurance

If the dealer's second card or upcard is an ace, you are given the option to accept Insurance before the dealer views the hole card (the dealer's first card, dealt face down). If you accept Insurance, the dealer will check ('peek') at their hole card for Blackjack.

Insurance is effectively a side-bet of half the amount of your original stake, paid at 2:1. This means that if the dealer has a natural 21 or Blackjack, you lose your original bet, but win back half its value – the insurance bet – thereby limiting your loss.

Note: No Insurance will be offered if you have Blackjack

Split

If your first two cards are of identical value, you may split them and place an additional bet (equal to your original bet) to play two hands instead of one. Each of the cards then becomes the start of a new hand. Splitting is only allowed once, at the start of the game. No further splitting (resplitting) can be carried out. Note: Ten, Jack, Queen and King have identical value; any combination of these cards may be split (in addition to pairs).

If either of your hands beats the dealer, paid evens on your original stake. If you split a hand, Blackjack (3:2) cannot be called on that hand – a winning hand in this situation will be paid at evens.

When splitting two aces, only one further card can be drawn for each hand in the split.

In order to identify which hand is to be played a small green arrow will hover above that hand.

This option enables you to double your bet and receive just one more card, forfeiting the opportunity to hit further.

Double

In this version of Blackjack you may choose to select the "Double" option/button whilst playing a hand on your first two cards with a total value of 9, 10 or 11.

Note:The above values may be otherwise defined by the operator..

You may not hit and double down to split Aces.

Tip: "Doubling", or "Double down" is most effective when you have an edge on the dealer, for example, when the dealer's hand shows a weak or low card like a Four, Five or Six.

Double-after-split

Once you have split your identical value cards into two hands and received a second card for each, you have the option to double down on those two hands. Each hand is played out separately and you can choose to double down on one, or both hands.

Doubling down after splitting (on two hands) follows the same rules as doubling down on a single hand and returns the same odds - double your stake – for each hand you win.

Two Aces

Unlike some other variants of Blackjack, if your first two cards are aces, you do not win the hand. Instead, it forms a total hand of either 12 or 2 with the option to split them, but only once.

Soft

Unlike some other variants of Blackjack, if your first two cards are aces, you do not win the hand. Instead, it forms a total hand of either 12 or 2 with the option to split them, but only once.

Other Rules

No Surrender/Rescue

Mini Blackjack does not allow a player to surrender or Rescue their hand. Surrender/Rescue means giving up half your bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand, if for instance, you have a weak hand.

Game results

Once you select the Play button from the Bet Selection screen to play the game, the game animation starts, displaying a card table and set of casino chips.

Bets and Payouts

Play Payout for Winning Hand
Blackjack 3:2
Insurance 2:1
Winning hand (excluding Blackjack or special plays) Evens
Push (a draw) Returns the original stake
Lose Forfeits your stake
Double or Double Down 2:1 on the original stake
Double After Split 2:1 on the original stake on each winning (split) hand
Split Evens

Card Decks

The game uses 4 card decks, which are re-shuffled after each hand.

Played with a 52-card deck

Return to Player

This game has a Return to Player of 99.75%.

NOTE: In case of malfunction, all game plays and payouts will be voided.