The most popular casino game in the world.

Otherwise known as 'Pontoon' or '21', Blackjack lets you pit your skills directly against the croupier’s hand.

Usually played with eight decks of cards, Blackjack is a smooth flowing game that can quickly hypnotise you while you’re at the table.

The aim of the game is to get as close to ‘21’ as possible without going over; sounds simple doesn’t it? But the strategy behind the game is decidedly not simple. The power is all yours and your decision can effect everybody else on the table.

How To Play

A Blackjack table usually has seven betting areas or ‘boxes’ available for you to place your bet in. The ‘box’ is yours but if you’re feeling generous you can share it with two other people, but it’s first in best dressed as to who gets to make the decision about taking a card.

Our friendly Party Parry Casino croupier will ask you to place your bets and then deal one card, from left to right, to each players box. After all boxes have been dealt a card, your croupier will deal a single card to themselves followed by a second card to you. If you’re lucky enough to have a two card total of 21 – an Ace (which is worth 11) and a 10, Jack, Queen or King – you have BLACKJACK and will be paid at the odds of 3 to 2.

After all blackjacks have been paid our croupier then asks if you want an additional card and you have to try and get as close to 21 as you can without going over. If you go over then you’re ‘bust’ and you lose your bet. You can take as few or as many cards as you like as long as you don’t go ‘bust’.

To beat the croupier you must always take advantage of good double and split opportunities, if for example you have a two card total of 11 and the dealer has a 6 (considered a bad first card for the dealer) then you are comfortably in front and should double your bet for one more card, then it’s time to cross your fingers and hope that your smart play gets over the line. 

With a split, you double your bet and form a second new hand when it creates an advantage for you. Your first two cards must be of the same value. Here’s a hint, it’s often a good idea to split 8s. Don’t be afraid to ask our friendly croupier for advice but you’ll get the hang of it fairly quickly.

Basic Strategy

The table to the left has been developed by mathematicians to give you the best possible chance of winning. It is referred to as ‘basic strategy’. If you studied statistics at school you will know that this table is all about statistical probability. Luckily someone else has already done all the hard work for you, so that you can make your chips last longer.

As a general rule, the further you stray from the basic strategy the faster your chips will disappear and visa versa. Of course we all like to stray from the norm some time, who knows… your ‘gut’ feeling may know best.

On all of our tables are ‘How to Play’ brochures that teach you the game and also include a basic strategy table.

Did You Know?

It is well documented that Napoleon loved the game of ‘21’ and he played it when he had time to kill on his exile in St Helena.

There is a Blackjack Hall of Fame in San Diego, California. While the inductees receive free accommodation, meals and drinks, their proficiency means that they are prohibited from playing in the casino for fear of breaking the bank.

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