• Vegas Blackjack

    Blackjack is arguably the most popular casino game available. See if you can bea…

    How to Play


    How to play

    • Tap on a chip with a suitable value you wish to bet with to select your stake. Once the chip has been highlighted with a gold circle it has been selected. Tap on the betting area (highlighted circle) to place a bet.
    • Tap on a different chip to change the chip value. It is possible to mix chip values on the same bet. Drag and slide the chips to see other values. The total stake is displayed. (Note: Tap the Clear button to remove all chips from the table.)
    • Tap the Deal button. Two cards will be dealt to you and the dealer from the card shoe on the right of the screen. The first of the dealer’s cards is placed face down (the ’hole’ card), the second is placed face up (the ’upcard’), showing its value. If the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you have the option of taking Insurance (see later). Both your cards are placed face up.
    • The value of your hand will appear alongside your cards. At this stage, if you have two cards of identical value you will be given the option to split them (see later).
    • Should you have a two-card hand totalling 21 (Blackjack), the dealer will show their hand. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you win 3:2 on your stake. If the dealer does have Blackjack, your original stake is returned to you and the game ends (a ’push’).
    • If you do not have 21, you can either take more cards (’hit’) or remain at your current total (a 'stand’). Should you decide to continue to take more cards, tap the HIT button until you have either gone over 21 (’bust’) or you wish to retain your card total and call a STAND. Depending upon your card values; you may also be offered options to DOUBLE or SPLIT your hand – these options and others are discussed in more detail in the ’Special Plays’ section.
    • Should you decide to ’Stand’ the dealer will then turn over the HOLE CARD (the dealer’s first card, dealt face down). Whether the dealer can now draw any more cards depends on the total of their hand. If the dealer has fewer than 17, they must draw another card. If the dealer’s hand equals 17 or over, they may not draw any more cards.
    • The dealer will continue to draw cards until the card value goes beyond 17, the dealer may go ’bust’ should the next draw prove higher than 21, otherwise the players’ cards and the dealers’ will be compared to determine a winner.


    Winning or losing the game

    • If the dealer busts, you win the game.
    • If your hand is higher than the dealers, without going over 21, you win.
    • If the dealer’s hand is higher than yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins.
    • If you bust, a message will be displayed alongside your cards and you immediately lose the game, plus your bet.
    • If your hand matches the dealers, it is a ’push’ and your stake is returned to you.
    • If your winning hand is a split hand, you win evens on your original stake. Blackjack cannot be called on a winning hand that has split.
    • The highest possible hand is a Blackjack, meaning an initial two-card total of 21 (an Ace and a ten-value card). If the dealer has a Blackjack, all players not holding a Blackjack lose and the dealer wins.
    • A blackjack, or natural, is a total of 21 in your first two cards. A blackjack is therefore an Ace and any ten-valued card, with the additional requirement that these be your first two cards. If you split a pair of Aces for example, and then draw a ten-valued card on one of the Aces, this is not a blackjack, but rather a total of 21.

    Card values - soft hands and hard hands

    • The value of cards two through ten is their pip value (symbols on the front side of the cards that determine the value and suit of the card). Face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth ten. Aces can be worth one or eleven. A hand's value is the sum of the card values.
    • Soft hands and hard hands exist. A soft hand contains an Ace that is being counted as eleven. (Remember, an Ace can count as one or eleven.) For example, if a hand has an Ace and a Six, this is a soft 17. This hand cannot be busted by drawing another card. If a ten is drawn, the Ace would be counted as one instead of eleven, and the hand would still have a value of 17. However, this would now be a hard 17, because the Ace now counts as one and an additional draw could cause a bust.


    • Tap the BET & DEAL button to stake the same amount as your previous bet and deal the cards.
    • Tap the BETx2 & DEAL button to stake twice the amount as your previous bet and deal the cards.
    • Tap NEW GAME then the REBET button to stake the same amount as your previous bet. Tap REBET X2 or REBET X3 to double or triple your previous stake, or choose a new stake.
    • Should you decide to neither Rebet, Rebet x 2 or x 3 but want the option of a New Game, select a chip and place it on the table betting area (highlighted circle).

    Special plays

    • Special plays will appear as buttons during the course of the game, when you have the option to play them. Five special plays are featured.


    • If the dealer’s second card (upcard) is an Ace, you are given the option to accept Insurance before the dealer views the hole card (the dealer’s first card, dealt face down). If you accept Insurance, the dealer will check (’peek’) at their hole card for Blackjack.
    • Insurance is effectively a side-bet of half the amount of your original stake, paid at 2:1. This means that if the dealer has a natural 21 or Blackjack, you lose your original bet, but win 2 to 1, i.e. you win back three times the insurance bet value (equivalent to winning the insurance plus your original stake) – thereby limiting your loss.
    • Note: No Insurance will be offered if you have Blackjack.


    • If your first two cards are of identical value, you may split them and place an additional bet (equal to your original bet) to play two hands instead of one. Each of the cards then becomes the start of a new hand. Splitting is only allowed once, at the start of the game. No further splitting (resplitting) can be carried out. Note: Ten, Jack, Queen and King have identical value; any combination of these cards may be split (in addition to pairs).
    • If either of your hands beats the dealer, you are paid evens on your original stake. If you split a hand, Blackjack (3:2) cannot be called on that hand – a winning hand in this situation will be paid at evens.
    • When splitting two Aces, only one further card can be drawn for each hand in the split.
    • In order to identify which hand is to be played a small indicator will hover above that hand.


    • This option enables you to double your bet and receive just one more card, forfeiting the opportunity to hit further.
    • In this version of Blackjack you may choose to select the "Double" option/button whilst playing a hand on your first two cards with a total value of 9,10 or 11.
    • Note: the above values may be otherwise defined by the operator.
    • You may not hit and double down to split Aces.
    • Tip: "Doubling", or "Double down" is most effective when you have an edge on the dealer, for example, when the dealer’s hand shows a weak or low card like a Four, Five or Six.


    • Once you have split your identical value cards into two hands and received a second card for each, you have the option to double down on those two hands (as long as both hands meet the double requirements). Each hand is played out separately and you can choose to double down on one, or both hands.
    • Doubling down after splitting (on two hands) follows the same rules as doubling down on a single hand and returns the same odds - double your stake – for each hand you win.

    Two Aces

    • Unlike some other variants of Blackjack, if your first two cards are Aces, you do not win the hand. Instead, it forms a total hand of either 12 or 2 with the option to split them, but only once.


    • This is displayed alongside an Ace card when your hand is low enough for the Ace card to be assigned its higher value of 11 without going bust. For instance, where an Ace is the first or second card to be drawn. You can always draw at least one card to a soft hand without busting.

    Other rules

    • No Surrender/Rescue
    • Blackjack does not allow a player to surrender or Rescue their hand. Surrender/Rescue means giving up half your bet for the privilege of not playing out a hand, if for instance, you have a weak hand.

    Game results

    • After you have finalised your hand, the dealer will then finalise theirs. The results of the game are clearly displayed by each hand.

    Bets and payouts

    BetsPayout for winning hand
    Blackjack 3:2
    Insurance 2:1
    Winning hand (excluding Blackjack or special plays) Evens.
    Push (a draw) Returns the original stake
    Lose Forefits your stake.
    Double or double-down 2:1 on the original stake.
    Double-after-split 2:1 on the original stake on each winning (split) hand.
    Split Evens.

    Bet limits

    Limits per bet type (same in EUR and GBP) summary:

    • minimum stake 0.10 for all bets
    • maximum stake 5000.00 for all bets

    The maximum possible win in one transaction is 40,000.

    Card decks

    • This game uses 4 decks of cards, which are re-shuffled after each hand.
    • Each card deck comprises 52–cards.

    Game Rules

    • If the player's first two cards add to 21 (an Ace and a ten value card), this is called a Blackjack or natural.
    • The dealer must stand on a hard 17 and soft 17.
    • Allow a split on equal value of cards.
    • Blackjack cannot be called on a split hand.
    • The player may double on the first hand consisting of two cards with a total card value of 9,10 or 11.
    • The player may double after a split.
    • The player may not hit after a Double.
    • The player may not hit on split Aces.
    • The player may split only once .
    • The player may not take a Surrender or late Surrender on any number cards.
    • If your funds are below the value to cover insurance this option will be unavailable to the player


    Terms and Conditions

  • The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 99.49% when playing optimal player strategy. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company.
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