House 5 Box Blackjack Betting Rules

The objective of the game is to make the total point value of your hand of cards exceed the total point value of the House hand of cards, without exceeding 21. Whoever has the best hand wins the game. Simple enough!

Over a long period of time, the game is likely to average a return to the player of 98.94% of the total bets made.
Note
: Potentialwins above the maximum payout per bet allowed will be capped and thiswill adversely affect your %RTP. The amount will depend on your currencyand stake selection.

Current Game Rules

  • Soft17: no
  • Decks per shoe: 8
  • Games per shuffle: 12
  • Surrender allowed: yes

How to Play

It is very easy to place bets. Use your mouse to move the cursor to the pictures of the chips in the lower right corner of the game window on your screen and LEFT-CLICK the chip value that you want to use. Move the cursor to the betting area in the CENTER of the table layout, then LEFT-CLICK to place your bet. The chip will automatically appear in the betting circle with the total value of the bet written alongside. Your BET AMOUNT will also appear at the top of the window.

Each LEFT-CLICK will increase your bet by one chip of the same value. If you want to use a different chip value for this bet, move the cursor back to the pictures of the chips at the lower-right corner of the game window on your screen and LEFT-CLICK on the new chip value that you want to use. Then move the cursor back to the betting area on the table layout, and LEFT-CLICK again to increase your bet.

To remove your bet, hold the ALT key down and LEFT-CLICK on your mouse.

As soon as you have placed your bet(s), click on the DEAL button to commence play. The computer software will automatically deal two hands of cards, with each hand initially consisting of two cards. Your hand will consist of two cards face up. The House hand will consist of one card face up, and one card face down.

At your discretion, the third and any additional cards can be drawn to your hand(s).

If dictated by the DRAWING RULES, the third and any additional cards will then be drawn to the House hand.

If your hand does not BUST, and has a higher point value than the House hand, you win. Otherwise, you lose. All losing bets will be collected, and all winning bets paid. If a bet is a winner, your winnings will be posted to your credit balance and updated in the CREDITS display at the top of the game window.

If both hands have the same point value, that game is a TIE and neither side wins or loses so your bet is refunded back to you.

When the hand is finished, the NEW GAME button in the game window on your screen will illuminate. LEFT-CLICK on this button to begin the next game.

Blackjack Terms

TermDefinition
BlackjackAs well as being the name of the game, Blackjack is also the best hand. It consists of any Ace and any ten-valued card in the initial two-card hand. When a Blackjack appears, whether for the Player or for the House, no other cards are drawn. Blackjack is an automatic winner, except against another Blackjack, in this case the hand is a PUSH (also called a TIE or STAND-OFF).
BustIf drawing additional cards by either the Player or the House results in a card total exceeding 21, that hand has "Too Many" and is considered to have BUST. A BUST Player hand loses automatically. When this occurs, the House will not draw a third or any additional cards for the House hand, and that hand is finished.
DoubleOn any two-card hand, you may choose to double your bet. This allows you the opportunity to win double! The DOUBLE button in the game window on your screen will illuminate to advise you that this option is available. If you decide to double, you can now LEFT-CLICK on this button and an additional bet will be placed alongside your initial bet, which is fixed at a value equal to your initial bet. One card will be dealt automatically to your hand. You will NOT be allowed to draw more than one additional card. If you decide not to double, the game will continue as normal.
Hit / StandThe Player has to decide whether to HIT, meaning to draw an additional card(s) or to STAND, meaning to retain the current hand. You may HIT or STAND by using your mouse to LEFT-CLICK on the HIT or STAND buttons provided in the game window on your screen. The House has to HIT or STAND according to the DRAWING RULES.
InsuranceIf the exposed House card is an Ace, you will be offered the opportunity to buy Insurance. The INSURANCE button in the game window on your screen will illuminate to advise you that this bet is available. You can now LEFT-CLICK on this button to place an Insurance bet, which is fixed at a value of half your initial bet. After you decide to accept or decline Insurance, the software will check if the House hand has Blackjack. If the House does have Blackjack, you will receive payout odds of 2-1 for your Insurance bet (half your initial bet), and your Insurance bet will be returned to you. You will of course lose your initial bet. So the net effect is that you break even. If the House does not have Blackjack, you lose your Insurance bet and the game then continues as usual.
SurrenderIf you feel that your initial two-card hand is not strong enough to beat the House hand, you may choose to surrender. This action will finish the hand at that point, with a loss of half of your initial bet. The SURRENDER button in the game window on your screen will illuminate to advise you that this option is available. You can now LEFT-CLICK on this button and half of your original bet will be returned to you.
SplitIf your first two cards are of equal value, they are called a PAIR. This allows you the opportunity to play two hands and win twice! The SPLIT button in the game window on your screen will illuminate to advise you that this option is available. You can now LEFT-CLICK on this button and an additional bet will be placed alongside your initial bet, which is fixed at a value equal to your initial bet. If you decide to split the pair, one card will be dealt automatically to the first of the two split hands. You will then have the option to draw additional cards until that hand is completed, using the HIT, DOUBLE, and STAND buttons. However, when you split Aces you can only draw one card for each hand. If you decide not to split the pair, the game continues as normal.
Twenty-OneThis is the next best hand after a Blackjack. It consists of three or more cards totaling 21.

Card Values

  • All cards numbered 2 through 10 are worth their face value.
  • All "Picture Cards" (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10 points.
  • All Aces are worth 1 or 11, depending on which value would produce the highest total without exceeding 21.

Drawing Rules

In the game of Blackjack there are drawing rules that apply to the House hand. The House must draw with any hand totaling 16 or less, and must stand with any hand totaling 17 (including soft 17) or more. The computer software will automatically draw or stand accordingly. These rules are identical to those used in Las Vegas Casinos.

There are no drawing rules for the Player's hand. You can take as few, or as many, cards as you desire (unless the House has Blackjack or you BUST). When acting on your hand(s), you may request or decline additional cards by use of your mouse. LEFT-CLICK on the HIT button to draw another card or the STAND button to retain your current hand.

The trick with this game is not to take too many cards! If you go over 21, you BUST, and you lose!

Total of First Two CardsHIT or STAND
2 - 16HIT
17 and higherSTAND

Payout Odds

  • Payouts are determined at standard odds that you will find to be identical to those used in all of the major Casinos of America, Europe and Asia.
  • Winning BLACKJACKS receive payout odds of 3 to 2 (1-1/2 to 1).
  • Winning INSURANCE bets receive payout odds of 2 to 1.
  • All other winning hands receive payout odds of 1 to 1 (EVEN MONEY).