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European Blackjack – Player’s Suite

This European-style Blackjack game sports extra-generous rules.  Re-split your split hands.  Play split Aces like any other split cards. Hit, double-down, or split them again. It’s the game you love with the best payback on the Internet!

How to Play Players Suite European Blackjack 

  • Introduction
  • How to Play
  • Playing a Hand of Blackjack
  • How To Bet
  • Insurance Bet
  • Options
  • Rules
  • Additional Information 


    Introduction
    European Blackjack offers the same style of Blackjack play found in most European casinos. We’ve also included some exciting extras such as the opportunity to resplit and play split Aces just like any other card. 


    How to Play
    In European Blackjack you try to beat the Dealer by accumulating a card value total close to, but not over, 21 points. 

    Start by placing a bet.

    After placing your bets, click the DEAL button to start play. 

    You receive two cards, both face up, and the Dealer receives one face up card. 


    Playing a Hand of Blackjack
    All face cards are worth 10, Aces are worth either 1 or 11, and all other cards are worth their face value. A Blackjack occurs when the card value total of a hand's first two cards sums to 21 by getting an Ace and a 10-value card. 

    If the Dealer's face up card is an Ace, you are offered Insurance against a Dealer’s Blackjack, which you can accept or decline. If you accept, this automatically places another bet equal to half of your original bet. After you play out your hand, if the Dealer has Blackjack, then your Insurance Bet is paid 2 to 1. 

    If your first two cards form a Blackjack, then you are a guaranteed winner. If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, you win 3 to 2 on your bet. If the Dealer also has a Blackjack, then it is a tie, and you win your bet back. 

    If you do not have a Blackjack, then you are given the opportunity to try to improve the outcome of your hand. Depending on the cards you hold, you may choose one of the following options: 

    HIT - You request an additional card. You can continue to request additional cards until you decide to stand or until your card value total is 21 (automatic stop) or until you bust by receiving a card that causes your card value total to exceed 21. If you bust, that hand loses and your bet is forfeited. 

    STAND - You request no further cards and play this hand against the Dealer's hand. 

    SPLIT - If the first two cards in a hand are of the same value, you may click SPLIT to split your cards into two separate hands, which also places an additional bet equal to the original bet. (A split hand leading to a two card value total of 21 is not a Blackjack.) European Blackjack features the ability to resplit each split hand once. To do so, click SPLIT again. Another bet equal to the original bet will be placed. Unlike most Blackjack games, European Blackjack has no special restriction on split Aces. You may treat split Aces just like any other split card. 

    DOUBLE DOWN - On the first two cards in a hand, you may click DOUBLE DOWN to automatically double your original bet and receive exactly one additional card. You may also double down on the first two cards of any split or resplit hands. 

    The card value total is displayed on circular plaques adjacent to each hand. As cards are dealt to a hand, the plaque displays an updated card value total. When your hand holds an Ace and the plaque flashes the card value total and the word "Soft", the value displayed is based on counting the Ace as an 11 rather than a 1 (for example, a 5 and an Ace are shown as a "Soft 16"). 

    When comparing your hand versus the Dealer's hand, Aces are evaluated such that they represent the highest possible card value total not exceeding 21. 

    After you have played out your hand without exceeding 21, the Dealer’s hand will be played out. 

    If the Dealer's hand is a Blackjack, then all bets are forfeited, and the game ends. (The exception is when you also have a Blackjack in which case your bet is returned.) 

    If the Dealer's card value total is 16 or lower, additional cards are dealt until the card value total is 17 or higher. If the Dealer's card value total exceeds 21, then the Dealer busts and any of your standing hands win. Otherwise, the Dealer’s card value total is compared against each of your hands. In the case of a tie, this is a push and your bet for that hand is returned. 

    If your hand busts (total value exceeds 21) then the Dealer will only be dealt a second card in the case where the Dealer’s first card is an Ace and you placed an Insurance bet. 


    How To Bet
    To play European Blackjack, select a chip value by clicking a chip at the bottom of the playing field. The chip you select brightens and displays in a raised position. To place a bet, click the bet circle in the center of table. Each time you click, you place one chip on the table. 

    Your bet must be at least as large as the minimum bet and cannot exceed the maximum bet. 

    After you place your bet, click the DEAL button. 

    If you wish to repeat your last bet and play immediately after completing a game, click the REBET AND DEAL button. If you have sufficient credits, this button restores your previous bets and initiates play all in one click. 

    If you wish to repeat your last bet without initiating a new game, click the REBET button. This restores your previous bets. If you wish, you can adjust any bet. You still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play. 

    The DOUBLE BET button causes your currently placed bet to be doubled every time you click it. If doubling your current bet would cause a bet to exceed the bet limit, then the DOUBLE BET button is not available. 

    If you click the DOUBLE BET button before placing a bet, this is equivalent to first clicking the REBET button and then theDOUBLE BET button. You will still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play. 

    To remove a bet from the table, either press the SHIFT key and click your chips on the felt, or click the CLEAR button. 


    Insurance Bet
    If the Dealer's face up card is an Ace, you can choose to place an Insurance Bet. Click the YES button to accept the Insurance Bet, or click the NO button to decline the Insurance Bet. 

    The Insurance Bet, if accepted, is half of the main bet. 

    If the Dealer has a Blackjack, then each Insurance Bet is paid at 2 to 1; if the Dealer does not have Blackjack, then each Insurance Bet is forfeited. 


    Options

    Clicking the OPTIONS button reveals a menu of controls that enable you to customize various aspects of the game to suit your preferences:
      SPEED Allows you to control the speed of game play. In NORMAL mode (default) all game animations are played. In TURBO mode the pace of play is quickened by eliminating certain animations. This does not affect the method of play or the rules of the game.
      AUDIO Allows you to toggle and modify settings for various audio elements in the game. The Dealer's voice-over may be turned on (default) or off by checking or unchecking the VOICE setting box. The game's sound effects may be turned on (default) or off by checking or unchecking the SOUND EFFECTS setting box. Additionally, you may choose between TRADITIONAL or MODERN (default) style sound effects.
      GRAPHICS QUALITY Allows you to set the quality of the graphics to get the optimal animation performance on your computer. In BEST mode, the graphics look the best, but performance may suffer. The HIGH (default) and MEDIUM settings lower the quality but increase the performance. In LOW mode, the graphics are degraded, but the smoothest animation performance is acheived even on slower computers.
      POP-UP HELP Allows you to turn ON (default) or OFF the game's text instructions, which are meant to help new players.
      OFFER INSURANCE Allows you to control when the Insurance Bet is offered to you.
    • Selecting ALWAYS ON DEALER ACE (default) allows you the maximum number of opportunities to make the Insurance Bet and is how the game is played in most casinos.
    • The ONLY ON PLAYER BLACKJACK setting only offers the Insurance Bet when the Dealer's first card is an Ace and you have a Blackjack -- a popular betting style for many players.
    • The NEVER setting prevents the Insurance Bet from being offered to you.

    Rules - Player
    Blackjack pays 3 to 2. 

    Double down is possible on any two cards. 

    One resplit allowed per originally split card. 

    Player may double down on an initial two card hands of a split or resplit hand. 

    Player may treat split Aces just like any other split card. 

    Blackjack only possible on first two cards on each hand (and not on split or resplit cards). 

    Player may draw a maximum of eight cards for any hand. An eight-card Player hand whose value does not exceed 21 beats all Dealer outcomes except for Dealer Blackjack. 


    Rules - Dealer
    Dealer must draw to 16. 

    Dealer must stand on all 17's. This includes soft values where an Ace can be counted as an 11 value. 

    Insurance Bets are offered when the Dealer's face up card is an Ace. Subsequent Dealer Blackjack will pay 2 to 1 on any Insurance Bet. 

    Dealer Blackjack beats all Player outcomes causing loss of all Player main bets. The exception is when Player and Dealer both have Blackjack, in which case the bet is returned to the Player. 

    General Rules
    6 decks of standard playing cards, shuffled for each hand of play. 

    Malfunction voids all pays and play. 


    Additional Information
    The Game Console provides information and access to additional features:
    • Your current balance in your chosen currency
    The Meter Bar on the bottom of the game screen displays the amount paid if a win occurred and the amount bet on the last/current proposition.
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