Mac Blackjack





How to Play Blackjack

Overview
One of the most popular and exciting table games played in casinos is Blackjack. The object is to get a higher scoring hand than the dealer, without going over 21, or to keep a lower scoring hand in hopes that the dealer's hand goes over 21.

General Blackjack Rules
The object in Blackjack is to accumulate cards with point totals as close to 21 as possible without going over 21. Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10 points. Aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever is preferable. Other cards are represented by their number.

If you and the dealer tie, it is a push and no one wins. Ace and 10 (Blackjack) on the first two cards dealt is an automatic player win which pays 3 to 2, unless the dealer ties.

To win you need to beat the dealer without busting. You bust when your cards total more than 21. You automatically lose when you bust. The winner is whoever is the closest to a total of 21.

Before receiving any cards you must place a wager. You can place a wager by pressing the Chip buttons. You can clear a wager by pressing the Clear button.

Once your wager is placed, press the Deal button to start a new hand. You will be dealt two cards face up. The dealer gets one card face up, one face down. You then either stand or take more cards to try to get closer to 21 without busting. When you are done, the dealer turns up his down card. By rule, on counts of 17 or higher the dealer must stand; on counts of 16 or lower the dealer must hit.

If you make a total of 21 with the first two cards (a 10 or a face card and an Ace), you win automatically. This is called 'Blackjack'. If you have Blackjack, you will win one and one-half times your bet unless the dealer also has Blackjack, in which case it is a Push and you get your bet back.

If you don't get blackjack, but get a higher count than the dealer then you win an amount equal to your bet. If you get a lower count than the dealer then you lose your bet. If the dealer busts, but you do not, then you win.

If the dealer's face up card is an Ace, then you have the option to buy insurance. This is a bet against the dealer having a natural 21. The amount of the bet is one half of the original bet. If the dealer has a 10 face down then insurance pays 2 to 1 odds, but loses if the dealer does not.

Pressing the Double Down button will double your initial bet following the initial two card deal, but you will only be dealt one additional card.

If you are initially dealt two cards of equal value, then you can split the cards into two hands by pressing the Split button. Your original bet will be doubled with an equal amount placed on each hand. If you are splitting aces then only one additional card will be dealt per hand.

Deluxe Blackjack Help

Placing Bets
To place a bet, click on the Chips buttons located at the bottom of the screen. As you click on the various denominations, the total dollar amount will be displayed as the current unit bet. This is shown at the top of the Deluxe Blackjack window. To decrease this amount, hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click on the chips. Once you have the desired unit bet, click on any of the six betting seats on the table. If you want to change the amount of the unit bet after placing a bet or dealing a hand, simply click the Chip buttons. The unit bet will reset to the amount of the chip you clicked.

Increasing Bets
To increase a bet, move your cursor directly over the bet you want to increase and click the mouse button. The bet will increase by the amount of the current unit bet.

Decreasing Bets
To decrease a bet, move your cursor directly over the bet you want to decrease, hold down the Option key on your keyboard, and click the mouse button. The bet will decrease by the amount of the current unit bet.

Removing Bets
There are two ways to remove individual bets from the blackjack table. The first is to click on the Remove button located at the bottom of the Deluxe Blackjack window. The cursor will change to a red casino chip with a "-" in the center. Just click on the bets you want to remove and they will be returned to your bankroll. The second way to remove bets is to hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click on the bet you want to remove. Since the bet will only decrease by the amount of the current unit bet, you may have to keep clicking until the bet is completely removed. Note: You must remove your winnings from the table unless you want to bet them again.

Clearing the Table
To remove all bets from the table, click the Clear button at the bottom of the Deluxe Blackjack window.

Auto Bet
This feature allows you to always play the same amount of money for all seats marked for auto betting. The seats can be configured by selecting Seat Setup from the Options menu. Just select the amount you want to bet for each new hand. Seats that don't have any bet wagered when the Deal button is pressed will automatically bet the amount selected.

Computer Bet
This feature allows you to specify the amount of money that will be bet for all seats marked for computer betting.

Shoe Setup
This feature allows you to select from one to six decks of cards. It also allows you to select whether you want to see the two cards that are buried at the end of each shuffle.

Seat Setup
This feature allows you to configure the seats for manual betting, auto betting, or computer betting.

Show Hand Totals
This toggle feature shows the total of each hand. The total appears next to the hand and is updated as each additional card is dealt. When a soft hand is dealt, the total shown will be the highest possible total, without going over 21.

Stand
Press this button when you don't want any more cards for that hand.

Hit
Press this button when you want another card for that hand.

Double
Press this button when you want to double your bet and receive just one more card. The amount of your flat bet will automatically be doubled for you.

Split
Press this button when you want to split your hand into two hands. Your cards will be split apart, and the amount of your flat bet will automatically be wagered for your second hand. Play each hand out separately as normal. Only one split is allowed per hand.

Keyboard Commands
Deal - <RETURN> or <ENTER>
Hit - <SPACE> or H
Stand - <TAB>
Double - D
Split - S
Hint - <HELP>
Clear - <CLEAR>

 

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