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Blackjack( Single & Multi Player )

1. Description
The objective of Blackjack is for a player with a dealt hand of cards, to come as close to 21 in total value of cards in that hand, without going over, and at the same time still having a higher total than the dealer. Prior to receiving any cards, the player must place a bet. Once the bet is made, the player is dealt two cards face up. The Dealer is also dealt two cards – one face up and one face down. The Player may now continue to request cards from dealer until the hand is bust ( over 21 in total value ) or the Player elects to stand. The Dealer will then add cards to its hand until a total value larger than a predetermined limit is reached or the Dealer hand is bust. If the total value of the player's cards is closer to 21 than the Dealer, the Player wins as much as the bet. The Player also wins if the Dealer goes over 21 and the Player's hand is not bust. In the event of a tie ( equal total hand value ) between the Dealer and the Player, no money will be taken from the Player’s original bet.

Basic statistics:
  • Blackjack uses 6 card decks
  • The shuffling machine used continious.
  • The dealer Hits on 17.
  • The player can Double on any first 2 cards.
  • The player can split to 2 hands.  
  • The player cannot Hit split aces.
  • The player does not only lose original bet.
  • The player cannot surrender.
  • Blackjack pays 3:2.

2. Layout
A player can play a single-player game with multiple hands or a multi-player game with multiple hands if and only if the seats are available.

Single-player and multi-player tables (each with 5 betting spots) will be located in different rooms (2 tables per room) with two different buttons on the game menu.

3. Taking or leaving spots
If the player joins a multi-player game while a game is in progress, he must wait until the game is finished before he can play. The player will be realistically updated by the server though.

The player will only be allowed to leave the table (by clicking on the exit button) if he has no bets on the table.

The player can take a spot (if it is available) by placing the first bet on that spot. His/her name will then appear on the bottom of the betting spot. The player can thereafter leave the spot again by removing all his bets from that particular spot.

4. Placing bets
Placing of bets will happen as realistically as possible. A maximum of 500.00 units can be placed on a betting spot. With the current denomination we can therefore have a maximum of 11 chips on a stack in the worst case scenario.

There will be a 60 second period (after the first bet was made) in which players can place their bets.

4.1 Selecting a chip denomination
The denominations board will drop down from the top of the screen when a new game starts and disappear again during game play. A player can select a denomination of his choice on this board by clicking the chip of his choice.

4.2 Placing a bet
The player can place a bet by clicking on a betting spot. One left click will put down the chip denomination that is currently selected.

4.3 Removing a bet
The player will be able to remove chips from the stack with one right-click in the same manner they were placed. For example, one right-click will remove the chip denomination that is selected or the chip that is on top of the stack if this is not possible.

4.4 Options
The following global options will be available on the toolbar on the bottom while players are placing their bets:

  • 4.4.1 REDO
    This will redo the previous game's bets.
  • 4.4.2 CLEAR
    If the player has bets on the table, he can click on the clear button to clear all the bets on all his spots.
  • 4.4.3 DEAL
    Once the player place a bet, he can tell the server that he is ready to play by clicking on the deal button.
  • 4.4.4 SKIP
    Once the player has placed a bet on the table, he may choose to skip the current game by clicking on the SKIP button. The SKIP button will not be shown if only one seat is occupied on the table. Required player responses are encouraged by use of a timer. If you don't place your bet in time or fail to click on DEAL you skip the game automatically.

5. Game Play
The dealer will start dealing out cards after all players have clicked on either skip or deal or after the global timer has run out. One card (face-up) will be dealt for every active spot and one (face-down) for the dealer. A second card (face-up) for all active spots and the dealer will be dealt straight afterwards. The server will then iterate through all hands in a left-to-right (for the dealer) fashion. The hand that is currently being played will have a rotating arrow next to it.

Initial layout

In the situation that the dealer has an ace showing, the first stage of the game play will be to offer insurance (or even money) to players.The dealer will then check whether or not he has blackjack. For this stage the player has 60 seconds. Default selection is no insurance. When all hands have finished this stage, the game play will continue with the following stage where the player will be given 10 seconds for each action on each hand. The possible options are discussed in the following sections.

5.1 Game Options
The following relevant options will be available on the toolbar at the bottom when it is your turn to play.

  • HIT:
    If you wish to take another card, you may continue to do so until you either stand or go bust or the value of a hand is 21. Click hit and you will be dealt the next card.
  • STAND:
    Clicking the stand button will keep your hand at its current value. You may stand at any time, if you are satisfied with your hand as it is. When the dealer completes his or her hand, the hands will be compared.
  • DOUBLE:
    After you are dealt your first two cards, an option to double will be displayed to you. Once this option is selected, the bet amount is automatically doubled and you will be dealt one more card. The hand will automatically stand after the card is dealt. Doubling down is not offered after splitting. If your account balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, the double down option will not be offered. In case you lose the hand, you lose both the initial bet and the additional amount placed for the double down option.
  • SPLIT:
    If you have two cards of the same value (for example two sevens, two tens, two face cards, etc.), you can click split to split the cards into two separate hands. Once this option is selected, an additional bet equal to your original bet is automatically placed. You are allowed to split only once, even if more splitting opportunities arise. If the hand qualifies for split but your account balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, the split option will not be offered. You may draw as many cards as you wish on each split hand, with the exception of doubling down after splits. If you split aces, only one card will be dealt to each ace. If a ten-value card is dealt to either ace, the hand is counted as 21, not blackjack. How to play the split option:
    • Once the split option is clicked, the cards are split into two separate hands and one more card is dealt to the first (or active) hand.
    • Click on hit/stand or the other offered options depending upon your hand.
    • Once the first hand is decided, the arrow (or highlight) moves to the second hand. Another card will be dealt to this hand as it was with the first.
    • Click on hit/stand or the other offered options depending upon your hand.
  • INSURANCE:
    Insurance gives you a chance to protect yourself when you believe the dealer has blackjack. If the dealer's first card (face-up card) is an ace card, you can opt to insure your hand against the dealer's blackjack by clicking on the insurance or skip button displayed on the bottom toolbar. Insurance costs 50% of the bet amount in addition to the initial bet you placed. Once you opt for insurance, the insurance bet is automatically placed and is displayed to the right side of the seat occupied. If you do not take any action when insurance is offered with in 20 seconds, the system considers you have rejected the insurance option and the game continues. If the dealer has a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2:1, and you will lose the initial bet. If the dealer does not get the blackjack, you will lose the insured bet and the game will continue for the initial bet amount. You will not be offered insurance if you have a blackjack. If the hand qualifies for insurance but your account balance is not sufficient for the additional bet, the insurance option will not be offered.
  • EVEN MONEY
    If a player has a blackjack and a dealer is showing an ace, the player with a blackjack will be offered the option to take even money. If a player chooses even money, he is automatically paid 1: 1 before the dealer checks for blackjack. By taking even money, he forfeits his opportunity to get 3:2 for his blackjack. If a player rejects even money and the dealer does have a blackjack, it is a simply a push between the player and the dealer.
  • SKIP
    If you don’t want insurance or even money when it is offered to you, you can click on skip to skip the option before the timer runs out.

 

5.2 Game Rules
  • The value of a hand is the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand. The value assigned to the cards is as follows: The cards from 2 through 10 are valued as indicated. Face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) are all valued at 10 points. An ace counts as one or 11. If scoring an 11 would cause your hand value to exceed 21 (bust), an ace will count as one.
  • Soft total: A hand containing an ace that can be counted as 11 without the total going above 21. For example, ace-6 is soft 17. Hard total: A hand containing an ace that can be counted as only one because counting it as 11 would make the hand go over 21.
  • A tie between the player and the house is known as a push, and means that no one wins or loses.
  • If the first two cards dealt are an Ace and any 10-point card (Jack, Queen, King or 10), it is known as blackjack, and is an automatic win for the player at 3 to 2, unless the house ties.
  • Six decks are used in both versions of Blackjack and each deck has 52 cards.
  • We reshuffle the cards after each game.
  • The dealer draws a card on soft 17 and stands on 17 or more.
  • Maximum splits allowed = 1
  • There is no limit on the number of cards that can be dealt to the dealer or the player. It is limited only by choice (by clicking stand) or the hand total being greater than or equal to 21 except in the cases of doubling down and split aces where no more than one card will be dealt.
  • If the dealer has a 10, jack, queen, king, or ace as his first card, he will check to see if he has a blackjack before you draw your third card and after insurance was offered in the case of an ace. The game will effectively end if the dealer has blackjack.
  • The players are shown the insurance option if the dealer's face-up card is an ace. After a global timer ran out, the dealer will check for blackjack and the game will continue.
  • After all players play their hands, the dealer's whole hand is exposed and played out. Depending upon the outcome, the hand status (win/lose/bust/push/21/blackjack) for each player is displayed.
  • If all the betting positions bust, the dealer will stand (e.g. the dealer will not be dealt any cards).
5.3 Payouts
  • BLACKJACK
    A blackjack has 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. A player's blackjack beats any dealer's total other than a dealer's blackjack, including a dealer's regular 21. If both a player and the dealer have blackjack , the hand is a tie or push.
    Payout: 3:2
  • BUST/LOSE
    Player’s total is over 21 or less than the Dealer.
    Payout: N/A
  • NORMAL WIN
    Player's total is greater than dealer's but less than or equal to 21.
    Payout: 1:1
  • PUSH
    Total of both dealer and player hand are the same.
    Payout: EVEN
  • INSURANCE
    Offered on the dealer's ace to insure player's hands against the dealer's blackjack . Costs 50% of the bet amount in addition to the initial bet placed by the player.
    Payout: If the dealer gets a blackjack , the insurance bet pays 2:1.
    Player loses the initial bet.
    If the dealer does not get a blackjack, the player loses the insured bet and the game continues for the initial bet amount.
  • EVEN MONEY
    Offered on the dealer's ace to give the player with a blackjack the option to be paid out immediately before the dealer checks for blackjack .
    Payout: 1:1

Impact of Disconnection/Client Failure
Single-player game: A client disconnecting from the game during game play results in a 'snapshot' of the game state persisted on the server, to be re-initialized with exact action, card and bet history. The game will be restored next time the player logs in and sits down at a single-player blackjack table. The Player's account will reflect the amounts bet and will not be refunded. At such time that the game is finished by the player, the bet amounts will not be deducted from the Player's account but any winnings will be paid out.

Multi-player game: For multi-player games, a client crash results in game play for the effected hand taken over by the server and played according to a predetermined game strategy card given below.

Multi-player strategy card.