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Chartwell Technology develops, licenses, implements and sustains gaming applications and entertainment content for the online world and wireless platforms. Its Java and Flash based software products and games are created for the gaming industry, entertainment, publicity and promotional applications. The company offers high quality online casino games, including video poker, instant games, slots and blackjack games like Blackjack.

Short Description

Blackjack is a classic game of strategy that puts you against the dealer in a challenge to see who can get closer to 21 points without exceeding. Both you and the dealer receive two cards at the beginning of the game. You can see both of your cards, but only one of the dealer's cards. It's your decision. Take a Hit and hope that the next card will push you closer to 21, without surpassing it. Stand with the cards you have and hope that they'll be enough to beat the dealer. Or, dare to Double Down for that great payout. You get to choose!

Rules


  1. Dealer must draw to 16
  2. Dealer stands on soft 17
  3. Blackjack pays 3:2
  4. Insurance pays 2:1
  5. Even Money pays 1:1
  6. Double Down on any first 2 cards
  7. Double Down on Splits
  8. No re-splits

Card Values


  • Cards 2 through 10: face value
  • Face Cards: 10 points
  • Aces: 1 point or 11 points, whichever makes a better hand
  • Natural Blackjack: if the player's first two cards total 21 it's a Natural Blackjack. Blackjack is the highest hand.
  • Hard Total: the total of any hand not containing Aces or the total of a hand where the Ace is counted as 1. So a 10 and an 8 is a Hard Total of 18, or a Hard 18. An Ace and a 7 is a Hard Total of 8.
  • Soft Total: a hand that contains an Ace which is counted as 11. Exempli gratia: an Ace and a 9 are a soft 20. "Soft" denotes that the value can be changed. If later valued at 1, it becomes a "Hard" hand.

Playing


Player and Dealer are dealt 2 cards each. Both Player's cards are dealt face up. The Dealer's first card is dealt face down, the second card face up.

If the dealer's up card is a 10 or and Ace, the following 3 dealer actions take place:

  • Upcard is 10: Checking for Blackjack

    If the dealer has a 10 showing, he will check for blackjack by "peeking" at his down card and announcing "Checking for Blackjack". If the dealer does not have blackjack, the game continues. If the dealer has blackjack and the player doesn't, the player loses. In cases where both dealer and player have blackjack, a push is declared.

  • Upcard is Ace: Offer Insurance

    When the dealer's up card is an Ace, and the player does not have blackjack, the player is offered Insurance. Taking Insurance means the player makes a second bet (the value of which is half the initial bet) that the dealer has blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack, the player loses their initial bet but is paid 2 to 1 on the insurance bet. If the dealer does not have blackjack, the Insurance bet is lost and the hand is played out as normal.

  • Upcard is Ace: Offer Even Money
  • If the dealer's up card is an Ace and the player has a blackjack, the player is offered even money. Taking even money means that the player believes the dealer also has blackjack. When taking even money, the player is automaticaly paid 1:1 by doubling the player's chip amount in the bet circle, and play on the hand ends.

For hands that continue after the dealer actions, any of the following conditions may apply for the player:
  • Hit and Stand: on any hands where the player doesn't have a blackjack, the player may Stand (refuse any further cards), or Hit (accept another card). A player can hit as often as desired until they select stand or they bust (exceed 21). When you bust, you immediately lose your bet in spite of the dealer's hand result.

  • Double Down (player hands only): you are betting that your hand can be won with one more card.

  • Split (player hands only): if you are dealt 2 cards of the same value (like two eights or a Jack and Queen), the hand can be split into two separate hands.



BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY
 
PLAYER'S HAND
DEALER'S UP CARD
A-2, A-3
H
H
H
D
D
H
H
H
H
H
A-4, A-5
H
H
D
D
D
H
H
H
H
H
A-6
H
D
D
D
D
H
H
H
H
H
A-7
S
D
D
D
D
S
S
H
H
H
A-8, A-9
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S

H: Hit, S: Stand, D: Double Down, SP: Split, NS: Never Split

Gaming Options:




  • Display Quality: you can change this to Low if you are experiencing slowdowns in play because of your computer's processing abilities.
  • Dealer Voice: this will turn the messages such as "Player Wins" on and off.
  • Sound FX: this turns the game sounds (like the cards snapping into place and beeps when you click on the buttons) on and off.
  • Load Ambient Sound: this will turn on the sounds of a normal casino, such as people talking in the background (these sounds are very quiet compared to the other sounds).

Additional Information




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