Of all the variations of the game, Single Deck blackjack offers the best house edge for players. If a player understands the basics of Blackjack strategy, they’re ready to start.
Single Deck Blackjack is easy to understand: the player has to come as close to 21 without going over, while still having a higher total than the dealer. To receive cards, the player first places a bet. The cards are dealt in rotation from the dealer, moving left to right. The dealer's hand features one card face up and one face down. The player can then choose to receive more cards for their hand or showdown and see who's come closest to 21 without going over.
How To Play Single Deck Blackjack
- Single-Deck blackjack is played using one deck of cards, which is shuffled after each hand.
- Dealer hits on a soft 17.
- The player may split up three times.
- Split aces receive only one card and there is no re-splitting of aces.
- A split ace and a ten-value card is not a Blackjack.
- The player wins when they hold a score of 21 or less but greater than the dealer's final total or they achieve a score of 21 or less when the dealer's final score exceeds 21.
- Card suits are irrelevant.
- Cards 2 to 10 have face value.
- Jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10.
- Aces have a value of 1 or 11.
- Click on a chip to place a bet.
- Additional clicks on the chip interface will add to your wager.
- To remove a bet from play, click on the chip in the betting circle.
- Minimum amount to bet is $25 while the maximum is $300.
- Player’s Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
- Insurance bets pay 2 to 1.
- Any other winning hand is paid 1 to 1.
- Any winning score of 21 after a split is paid 1 to 1.
- Bust - When either the dealer's or the player's cards equal more than 21.
- Bust Card – The individual card that brings a hand’s total to over 21.
- Hole Card – The dealer card that remains face-down until the player’s hands have been resolved.
- Paint – Any face card, such as a King or Queen.
- Push - When the total of both hands are the same and fall between 17 and 21, neither hand wins.
- Soft Hand - Any hand in which an Ace is counted as an 11.
- Stand – Choosing to receive no more cards from the dealer
- Stiff – A hard hand total between 12 and 16.