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Las Vegas At Home Casino Blackjack is programmed with Atlantic City blackjack rules with exceptions as noted in the Rule Authority section below.

PREMISE TOP

In Blackjack, each player and the dealer (the computer) are dealt two cards. The objective is for the player to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over 21. Each player competes only with the dealer, whose rules of play are strictly dictated.

SUMMARY OF RULES TOP

  1. (8) 52-card decks are used
  2. The deck is re-shuffled after each hand.
  3. Dealer stands on all soft 17's
  4. Doubling after splitting allowed
  5. No re-splitting of cards allowed
  6. No surrender
  7. Only one additional card allowed on each ace when splitting a pair of aces

HOW TO PLAY TOP

Las Vegas At Home Casino Blackjack is played with eight fifty-two card decks. After each game has been played, the used cards are shuffled back into the deck. All face cards are valued at ten and the cards from 2-10 are valued as indicated. Aces can be valued at either one or eleven; if counting the ace as eleven would put the hand over twenty-one, the ace is automatically counted as one instead. You do not need to specify which value the Ace has as it's always assumed to have the value that makes the best hand. The value of a hand is the sum of the values of the individual cards. For example, a hand containing a Jack, 3, and 4 has a value of 17.

Your chips are stacked by denomination ($1, $5, $25, $100, $500) at the bottom of the screen above your alias. Select the amount you would like to wager on a given hand by clicking the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination. The amount wagered per hand may be increased or decreased by placing the mouse on the stack that you wish to add or subtract to your bet. Each time you click the left mouse button you will add a chip from that pile to your planned wager amount. Likewise by clicking on the right mouse button you can decrease your planned wager amount. You may repeat your last bet by simply hitting the "0" button of your numeric keyboard. Other keyboard shortcuts are summarized below.

You begin a hand of blackjack by placing a bet on the table as described above. You will then receive two cards face up. The dealer will receive one card face up and one face down. Once you have been dealt your two cards (and based on the nature of these cards) you can do the following by clicking with the left mouse button on the appropriate button:

Hit:

Requests another card. You can request a hit as many times as you like, but if your total goes over twenty-one, you will Bust and lose the hand.

Stand:

Requests that you receive no more cards. The hand as it currently stands will be judged against the dealers.

Split:

If you have two cards of the same value, a Split button will appear. You can split your cards into two hands and play each hand separately. Your original bet will be duplicated for the new hand, and each hand will be played out as usual. A pointing finger will appear over each hand indicating which hand is active. The split option can only be used once per hand -- you cannot split part of a split hand.

Double:

If you select this option, two things will happen: your bet will be doubled, you will get exactly one more card, and your turn will end.

Insurance:

Whenever the dealer's up-card is an ace, the player has an option of taking insurance. The player may opt to take insurance by clicking on the "Insurance " button. If you do not which to take insurance, you may simply click on one of the other buttons (hit, double down, stand, etc.) to proceed with the rest of the hand. If the player believes that the dealer's down-card is a 10 ranking card, then the player is permitted to place a side bet of half the original wager as insurance. If the dealer does have a 10 ranking card, the player is immediately paid 2-to-1 on the insurance bet, but the original wager is lost unless the player too has a blackjack and pushes with the dealer. Here the player is simply betting that the dealer's unseen card is a 10 valued card.

Note:

The Double Down and Split options will only be available immediately after you receive your first two cards. If the dealer has an ace showing, you will be offered a chance to buy Insurance for half of the amount you bet. When you buy insurance you are, in effect, making a second bet. You are betting that the dealer has a natural blackjack. If the dealer does have a natural blackjack (in other words, his down card is a ten or a face card), you will collect a payoff of 2 to 1 on your insurance. You will also lose your original wager, unless you have a natural blackjack too. If the dealer does not have a natural twenty-one, the rest of the hand is played out as usual and you will lose your insurance money.

If you win the hand, you will get back your original bet plus the same amount in profit. A hand that consists of an Ace and any ten value card is called a natural twenty-one, or a natural blackjack. If you win with a natural blackjack, you will be paid off at three-to-two, which means you get your original bet back plus 150% profit. (So if you bet $50 and win with a natural twenty-one, you get $50 (your bet) plus $75 (your bet plus half of your bet), which totals to $125. Please note that if the payout from a natural blackjack results in a dollar amount including cents, the cents part will not be paid out. For example, if you bet $5 and win with a natural blackjack, you will be paid out $5 (your bet) plus $7 (your bet plus half of your bet minus $0.50). The hand is considered a push if your hand and the dealers are of equal value in which case no money will be exchanged.

PAYOFFS TOP

    Result Payoff
    Winning hand 1 to 1
    Blackjack 3 to 2
    Insurance 2 to 1

BETTING LIMITS TOP

    $1 minimum bet.
    $300 maximum bet.

RULE AUTHORITY TOP

    New Jersey Casino Control Commission: Atlantic City Casino

    Exception: The deck is shuffled after each hand, pairs may not be resplit, and players may not draw additional cards on split Aces.

NUMERIC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS TOP

0Repeat last bet
EnterDeal, Stand
+Hit
-Take Insurance
*Double Down
/Split
1Pass, Refuse Insurance
Up ArrowIncrease bet by $1
Down ArrowDecrease bet by $1
"<Shift>Up Arrow"Increase bet by $10
"<Shift>Down Arrow"Decrease bet by $10

Note:

In every game there are three menu options (Exit, Effects and Help). By either pressing "<Alt>X" or left clicking on the Exit choice, the player may exit the game. The Effects options ("<Alt> E ") allows the player to turn off the Sound, Voice and Animation (where applicable) during the game. The Help option ("<Alt> H") explains different aspects of the current game.




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