Object of the game
The object of the game is to draw cards totalling 21 points, or as close as possible, without going over.
Picture cards count ten. Aces count one or eleven and all other cards count their face value.
The maximum number of players seated at the table must coincide with the number of positions marked on the layout. If some positions are not occupied players may bet on them. They can also play on other player’s hands with their consent, always providing that the total bet per hand does not exceed the table limit.
Standing players may also place bets on the hands of the seated players, providing that these don’t object, and as long as the total bet stays within the table limit.
They may not, however, offer advice or give instructions to the seated player as to how the hand should be played.
Winning bets are paid even money. Black Jack (21 points with the first two cards) is paid 3 to 2.
After all bets have been placed, the croupier deals cards face up starting at his left and continuing in a clockwise direction, one to each player and one to himself, followed by a second card to each player.
Each player will then decide if he wants additional cards, or if he prefers to stand. If the points total exceeds 21 the player loses and the croupier takes the bet and removes the cards immediately.
Once all the players have drawn their cards, the croupier will draw cards to a total of 16 points and stand on a total of 17 or more. If the croupier cards total over 21, all players still in the game win. If he doesn’t exceed 21 points he then takes all the bets with a score below his and pays those with a higher score.
Hands with the same total as the croupier neither win nor lose.
How to play
When the croupiers first card is an ace players may insure theirhand against the croupiers possible Black Jack. Before a third card is drawn the croupier will offer insurance, players may then place a bet of up to half the amount of their original stake on the insurance line. If the croupier draws a picture card or a ten, the insurance bets are paid off at 2 to 1. If the croupier draws any other card all insurance bets lose.
When a player has Black Jack and the croupier an ace, the player may ask for even money and will be paid immediately without having to await the outcome of the croupier’s hand.
If the players first two cards are a pair, he may separate them into two hands by betting an amount equal to his original stake. These hands are then considered as independent and once the second card is dealt to them the player may draw, split, double or stand as with the original hand except with a pair of Aces that just one card will be drawn on each. On split hands an ace and a picture card or a ten does not constitute a Black Jack but counts as 21.
The player may double his bet after receiving his first two cards. Once doubled he will de dealt only one additional card.
Before a third card has been dealt, a player may surrender his hand and lose half of his bet. This is only possible when the croupiers first card is not an ace.