The Casino Game BlackJack…The object of the popular card game, Blackjack, is to accumulate cards with point totals as close to 21 without going over 21.
Blackjack is one of the most popular games at casino themed parties as its an easy game to play and one that most guests are familiar with. As a result, 21 Fun has a large inventory of available blackjack table rentals and we offer a variety of casino party packages that include them. Some of our most popular smaller party packages and seasonal party specials are centered around the game of blackjack.
Blackjack Table Layout…Like most Casinos, 21 Fun’s blackjack tables have 7 playing positions (a max of seven players, playing at a time). Either four or six decks of cards are used and are shuffled together by the dealer and placed in a card dispensing box called ‘Shoe’. We also offer single deck games.
Blackjack card values…
- Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10 points
- Aces are worth 1 or 11 points, whichever is preferable
- The other cards (2-10) are worth the points represented by their number
To win you need to beat the dealer without ‘busting’. You bust when your card’s points total more than 21 and if this happens you lose automatically. The winner is whoever has closest to 21. You reach 21 by adding up the values of the cards.
If a player and the House tie, it is a push and no one wins. Ace and 10 (BlackJack) on the first two cards dealt is an automatic player win at 1.5 to 1, unless the house ties. A player may stand at any time.
Dealing the cards…After Bets are placed, the Blackjack game begins and players are dealt two cards face up. The dealer gets one face up, one face down. Each player in turn either stays or takes more cards to try and get closer to 21 without busting.
Players who do not bust wait for the dealer’s turn. When all the players are done, the dealer turns up the down card. By rule, on counts of 17 or higher the dealer must stay; on counts of 16 or lower the dealer must draw. If you make 21 with the first two cards (a 10 or a face and an Ace), you win automatically. This is called ‘BlackJack’.
Enthusiastic, friendly, professional dealers can make or break your casino themed event…
All of 21 Fun’s casino event Blackjack Dealers are skilled in the game of Blackjack and are eager to teach any novice player or guest the rules of the game. Our helpful hints and suggestions will have them playing with confidence and cheering on the players next to them!!
How To Bet When Playing BlackJack
Before receiving any cards players must place a wager (poker chips) on the table felt in the circle or box in front of the blackjack table position where they are sitting. Following
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 or a Tie (or a Standoff) and you get your bet back.
The remaining players with a higher count than the dealer win an amount equal to their bet. Players with a lower count than the dealer lose their bet. If the dealer busts, all the remaining players win. There are other betting options namely Insurance, Surrender, Double Down, Even Money and Split.
Insurance: Side bet up to half the initial bet against the dealer having a natural 21 – allowed only when the dealer’s showing card is an Ace. If the dealer has a 10 face down and makes a blackjack, insurance pays at 2-1 odds, but loses if the dealer does not.
Double Down: Double your initial bet following the initial two-card deal, but you can hit one card only. A good bet if the player is in a strong situation.
Even Money: Cashing in your bet immediately at a 1:1 payout ratio when you are dealt a natural blackjack and the dealer’s showing card is an Ace.
Split Hand: Split the initial two-card hand into two and play them separately – allowed only when the two first cards are of equal value. Use each card as the start to a separate hand and place a second bet equal to the first.
Hard Hand: A hand without an Ace or with an Ace valued at 1 is said to be hard in that it can only be given one value, unlike a Soft Hand. (You can value an Ace 1 or 11 to suit you).
Soft Hand: A hand that contains an Ace counted as 11 is called a Soft Hand.