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Blackjack also known as Twenty-One is the most sought-after card game with simple but thrilling gameplay. Usually, players compete against the dealer (and not against each other). SportyBet is now offering Blackjack in a single-player mode to make the game play quicker and more rewarding. The objective of the game is simple – to beat the dealer


How to beat the dealer?

1. By drawing a hand value of 21 on your first two cards(Blackjack), or
2. By drawing a hand value that is higher than the dealer’s hand value, or
3. By the dealer drawing a hand value that goes over 21


How do you find a hand’s value?

The hand’s value is the sum of the card values.
1. Values of cards from two to ten are the same as their PIP Face value i.e., two will have a value of 2, six will have a value of 6, and so on.
2. Face cards (King, Queen, and Jack) each have a value of 10.
3. Aces can have a value of either 1 or 11 depending on what value helps the hand, the most (to make a sum of 21 or nearer to 21)


Gameplay

1. Player places a bet (if the wallet balance is low, the player can add the money and continue to place bets)
2. Cards are dealt
3. Players decide on how to play next.


Following are the 5 ways by which a player can bet in a given round player can play next
1. Stand – If the first two cards have an acceptable total (to the player), the player can choose to “Stand” and the dealer will move on to deal his cards and play their hand.
2. Hit – If the player would like more cards to improve the hand total, the dealer will deal more cards, one at a time, until the player is either “Bust” (hand value total goes over 21) or the player chooses to “Stand”. There is no limit on the number of cards a player can choose to take (other than going over a total of 21 Until the total doesn’t exceed 21).
3. Double Down – If a player has a hand total that is advantageous but needs to take only one additional card, they can choose to double their initial wager (stake amount) and the dealer will deal only 1 additional card.
4. Split – This option appears only when the player is dealt with a pair that has equal value. By selecting “Split”, the player can put a second wager (second bet) and the dealer will split the two cards.

Now each card will become the first card of the two new hands formed by “Split”. This also applies to face cards (as all the face cards hold a similar value i.e., of 10). A player can split up to a maximum of 3 times, thereby having a maximum of 4 split hands.
5. Surrender – If the player does not like the initial hand’s value, they have the option of giving it up in exchange for half their original bet amount. In this case, the player will get their half-stake amount back.


When does the dealer play?

The dealer will play their hand only when the player chooses to “Stand”. The dealer will first flip over their “whole card” (the face-down card). On having a hand total of 17 (including a “Soft 17”) or higher, the dealer will automatically stand.

If the dealer has a hand total of 16 or lower, they will take additional cards until their hand value is higher than that of the player or the dealer goes “bust”. “Double Down”, “Split” and “Surrender”, are not available to the dealer.

Dealer does not have any choice on how to play their hand, unlike players.
“Soft 17”– this happens when the dealer has an Ace and a six (due to the flexible value of an Ace)


Payout

1. In the case of a Blackjack (hand value of 21 on the first two cards), the payout will be 3 to 2
2. In case of a player having a hand value higher at the end of the round, the payout will be 2 times the stake
3. In case of a “PUSH” (when the player and the dealer have the same hand’s value), the payout will be 1 time of the stake
4. If the dealer has a higher hand (including a Blackjack), they will sweep the player’s bet and the round is lost


What is Insurance?

Insurance is a side bet offered when the dealer has an Ace as an up-card. This is offered before anyone plays their hand. The insurance amount will always be half the original stake amount. In case the dealer gets a Blackjack, the payout on insurance will be 2 to 1 (i.e., 3X of the Insurance amount). Simply put, the player is betting on whether or not the dealer has a Blackjack.


Side Notes

1. Deck is refreshed after each hand is played. Gameplay uses 2 decks
2. Player can choose “Split” for a maximum of 3 times resulting in 4 hands. Aces can be split only once. After the Ace is Split, a player will only get one extra card.
3. Surrender will show up only when the first 2 cards are dealt. Surrender disappears if the player decides to Insure or Double Down. In the case of a Split, a player can surrender the split hand (with 2 cards).
4. Insurance and Surrender options will disappear when the player chooses to Double Down
5. After insurance, a player can still choose to Double Down. In that case, the bet as well as the insured amount will get doubled.
6. Insurance amount is always half of the bet amount and pays 2:1 so that the total bet amount is insured for the player in case the dealer hits a Blackjack

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