It is a simple, dynamic, and thrilling game. A player bets on one or more boxes marked on the table. When the dealer announces «no more bets» and covers the bets with his/her hand, players are not allowed to touch or change their wagers.
At the start of the game, the player is dealt two cards face up. The cumulative total of the cards’ values helps the player determine whether or not he/she needs more cards or not. The objective is to get 21 points or as close to that number as possible. A score above 21 points is a losing bet. If the dealer’s cards total more than 21 points, all playing bets win.
If a player and the dealer have the same number of points, a tie or Stay (the player’s bet neither loses nor wins) is declared.
The dealer receives his/her cards last. He/she must take an additional card if the total value of the cards adds up to 16 points or less, and must stop if the total value adds up to 17 or more. Aces count as 1 or as 11, face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) all count as 10, and the other cards are worth their face value.
A «Blackjack» hand is a combination of the first two cards dealt that make up 21 points (an ace and a ten or an ace and a face card). Player’s bets are paid out 3:2 if the dealer cannot match that hand. Blackjack wins over any other hand, including hands worth 21 points.
When the first two cards are dealt to all playing boxes, players may decide to exit the game on any number of their boxes, losing half of the corresponding wagers on them. Players may exit the game before the third card is dealt to a box that a player wants to SURRENDER. Players may not SURRENDER if the dealer’s first card is an ace.
If a player’s first two cards have the same value, they may be split. The player places an additional wager on that box equal to the initial wager and is dealt additional cards for each of the cards separately. Pairs of identical cards may be split a maximum of three times.
Aces are an exception. Aces may be split twice, and when they are split, the player gets only one card for each ace. An «Ace and ten (face)» combination received after a split counts as 21 and is not Blackjack.
Players can double their bets after receiving the first two cards, regardless of the number of points, receiving only one card. Doubling is allowed after a split. If a player has 9, 10 or 11 points, the dealer will always suggest the player double his/her bet.
If the dealer’s first card is an ace, players may place an additional bet — but no more than a half of the initial bets and no more than half the table’s minimum — placing the bet on the Insurance field. This bet wins if the dealer has Blackjack and is paid out 2:1; in all other cases, the bet loses.
Players can also insure their box against the dealer’s Blackjack when the dealer’s first card is a 10. In this case, the dealer does not announce insurance.
If a player has Blackjack and the dealer’s first card is an ace, then the player may receive «even money» — i.e., a 1:1 payout on the box being bet on — before the cards are dealt to the first box in play. If the player refuses even money and the dealer is dealt a Blackjack hand, the player’s bet is not paid out, i.e., it neither wins nor loses.
Up to three players may play on a single box. Bets on the box by each player may not be below the table’s minimum, and total bet on the box must not exceed the table’s maximum.