The object of the game is to draw a higher totaling hand than the dealer, without exceeding 21.
Aces count as 1 or 11, picture cards count as 10, and all other cards count at face value.
Begin by placing a bet in the clearly marked box. You and each other player at the table will be dealt two cards face up, while the dealer will receive one card face up. You may then elect to ‘stand’ with your total, or to draw further cards.
If you do not wish to take further cards, indicate this when the dealer points at your cards by making a sweeping movement with your hand, or by announcing ‘stand’. If you wish to draw a further card, indicate this when the dealer points at your cards by tapping the table, or by announcing ‘card’.
Once all players have finished drawing cards, the dealer will complete their own hand. The dealer must draw on 16 and must stand on 17. The dealer will then compare their total with that of each of the players in turn. Winning hands will be paid at even money, and tied hands will ‘stand off’, neither winning nor losing.
An ace and a ten-value card received as the first two cards is called a ‘Blackjack’, and pays at 3:2.
If your first two cards total between 2 and 11, you may add an amount equal to your original bet and ‘double’. You will then receive one extra card onto the hand.
If your first two cards have the same value, you may add an amount equal to your original bet and ‘split’ them to form two separate hands. All normal rules then apply to the new hands, including ‘doubling’ options.
If the dealer’s first card is an Ace, you may add an insurance bet against the dealer making a Blackjack. To do this, place a bet of up to half of your original stake on the line marked ‘Insurance’. If the dealer makes Blackjack, the insurance bet is paid 2 to 1. If the dealer does not make Blackjack, the insurance bet loses.