Blackjack. Pontoon. 21. It goes by many names, but Blackjack is one of the most famous casino games in existence. There are plenty of different types of Blackjack. As the name suggests, Classic Blackjack is seen by many as the most popular. Hop onto one of our Classic Blackjack tables to get stuck into a few hands.
Classic Blackjack uses eight 52-card decks. All eight decks are shuffled together before each hand is played. The dealer does not receive a hole card. Dealers must hit with a total of 16 or less, or on a soft 17. This is a hand that includes an ace and totals either seven or 17. If the player hits Blackjack, they will be paid at odds of 3:2.
In the event that a player’s hand loses to Blackjack, they will only lose their mandatory bet. All optional bets, such as splits and doubles, are pushed and returned to the player.
In Classic Blackjack a minimum bet applies. As the hand progresses, there are extra chances to bet. For instance, players can choose to double down on any two-card hand. This allows the player to double their initial bet, but it also means they must draw one more card and then ‘stand’ regardless of the outcome.
Another betting option is to split the hand. However, a player can only split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. For example, if you get dealt seven-seven, queen-jack or king-ten you can split the cards to create two hands instead of one. To do this, you’ll need to match your initial wager.
There are some important rules to remember when splitting:
Players cannot ‘surrender’ at Classic Blackjack tables. However, a player can buy ‘insurance’ if they think the dealer is going to hit Blackjack. If this happens, and the dealer does indeed hit Blackjack, the player will be paid at odds of 2:1 on the insurance bet.
The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Classic Blackjack is 99.41%. For more on how to play the game, visit our Blackjack Rules page.