21 is the lucky number! It’s time to put your gut feeling to the test with the casino classic, Blackjack! Will the next card take you it, will you beat the dealer? Try your luck now in the game against the dealer!
The aim of Blackjack is to achieve a hand whose card values added together will total 21 or as close as possible without exceeding 21 ('going bust'). Aces count as 1 or 11 and all picture cards (jack, queen, king) count as 10. If you have a 10 or a picture card plus an ace, you have Blackjack, which beats all other hands.
Right after entering Royal Crown Blackjack select the amount you wish to bet in the game. Then set the exact value of the chips you want to play using ‘Bet –’ or ‘Bet +’. You can play with up to 3 hands at the same time. Each hand has its own area on the table where you can place your bets.
Once you have placed your bets, start the game by clicking ‘Deal’. Each active hand now receives 2 cards. The dealer also receives 2 cards, one face-down.
If the opening card is a 10, the dealer immediately checks whether they have Blackjack. If they have, the second card is revealed and the round is over.
If the first card is an Ace, an insurance round is played. In the insurance round, you can insure each active hand in case the dealer has Blackjack. Each hand that opts for insurance pays half of the existing bet. Once you have decided for each hand, the dealer checks whether they have Blackjack. If they have, the second card is revealed and the round is over.
In the normal case, when the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack in their hand or an insurance round is played, you play your active hands one after the other. For each hand, you have to decide whether to draw another card with the ‘Card’ button. You can take several cards, one after another, as long as the hand does not exceed the total value of 21.
If you don’t want to take any more risks, select ‘No card’. The value of your hand is then frozen and it’s the turn of the next hand.
If drawing a card causes the value of a hand to exceed 21, it ‘goes bust’ and is out of the game. It’s then the next hand’s turn (if there is another active hand).
Before you decide to draw another card, you have the option of ‘doubling’. With this option, you only receive one extra card and then it’s the next hand’s turn.
If the first two cards in a hand have the same value, you can ‘split’ it into 2 hands. An additional bet in the amount of the first bet is then placed outside the play area. The dealer splits the cards, draws another card for each of the two hands and assigns each hand its bet. It is not possible to split again.
If one of the new hands scores 21 with just 2 cards, this does not count as Blackjack. If 2 Aces are split, only one extra card can be added before the other hands are played.
Once you have played all your hands, it’s the dealer’s turn. The face-down card is now revealed and the dealer keeps drawing additional cards until they have reached 17 points. Then the round ends and the winner is determined.
Each card scores according to its numerical value. Face cards are worth 10 points, and aces count as either 1 or 11 points. The value of a hand is based on the total value of the individual cards. If a hand scores 21 points with just 2 cards, this is Blackjack. This scores higher than a 21-point hand with more than 2 cards.
When determining the winner, each player's hand is evaluated separately:
• If your hand scores more than 21 points, you have gone bust and lose automatically regardless of the dealer’s hand.
• If your hand scores 21 points or less and the dealer goes bust, you win.
• If the dealer has Blackjack and you do not, the dealer wins. However, you can win the Blackjack insurance if you paid for it earlier. This will be paid out in the ratio 2:1.
• If you have Blackjack and the dealer does not, then you win your bet in the ratio 3:2.
• Blackjack is not possible with a split hand. A 2-card hand with 21 points wins at 1:1, but you lose if the dealer has Blackjack.
• If nobody has Blackjack in this round, you win if your hand scores higher than the dealer’s.
• If both hands score the same, the game is a draw and the bets are returned.