In any version of Blackjack, you are playing against the Dealer trying to get a higher total than them without going over 21. With Single Deck Blackjack, you play with just 1 deck of cards as opposed to other forms which can use up to 8 packs or ‘shoes’.
Rules Single Deck Blackjack
• As with any Casino game, you need to place a bet in order to begin the game. Each table will have a minimum and maximum, ensure your bet is between these amounts. You are then dealt 2 cards face up and the Dealer gets 1 face up and 1 face down.
• If the Dealer has an Ace as their upturned card, you can take Insurance. This is an extra bet that the Dealer will have Blackjack, so their face-down card is valued at 10. We wouldn’t recommend taking this as it increases the House Edge. If the Dealer does have Blackjack, the hand ends at this point, all hands lose unless you also have Blackjack in which case the bet will ‘push’ and you receive your stake back.
• If the Dealer doesn’t show Blackjack, you have some decisions to make. Check out our Strategy section for the best actions to take depending on your cards. The main decisions you can make are as follows:
o Stand – You will keep the cards you have and your actions for that hand end here.
o Hit – You will receive one more card from the Dealer. If it takes your hand over 21, you will Bust and lose, otherwise you will have the opportunity to Hit again and receive a further card or to Stand.
o Double – If you choose to Double, you will need to place a further bet equal to the initial one. You then receive 1 more card and will then Stand if you don’t Bust. You cannot Double and then continue taking cards, so bear this in mind when choosing it.
o Split – If the 2 cards you are dealt were of equal value, you can Split them. This again means you have to pay a further bet equal to the first, one of each card then goes towards the hand and another card is dealt for each. If you Split any card other than Aces, you will be able to make decisions such as Stand or Hit for each hand as above. If you choose to Split Aces, you will receive one more card for each hand but will then need to Stand after the 2nd card. Remember though, an Ace can be valued at either 1 or 11.
• If your hand goes over in Single Deck Blackjack 21 at any point, you will Bust and the hand will be lost.
• When you either Stand or Bust each hand, the Dealer will reveal their 2nd card. If they have 17 or more, they will Stand and payouts will be made. If their hand is valued at 16 or less, they will Hit and receive a further card. This will continue until either their hand is valued at between 17 and 21 or they Bust.
• If the Dealer Busts, all remaining hands win. If they have between 17 and 21 – If the Dealer’s hand is higher, they win and the player loses, if the Player’s hand is higher, the Player wins the hand and if both hands are equal, the hand pushes and stakes are returned to the Player.
• If you get a winning hand it is paid out at even money, so 1 to 1 unless you have Blackjack, i.e. your only 2 cards are an Ace and a 10. In this case, you are paid out at 3 to 2.
As you can see from the Single Deck Blackjack example below, we won with Blackjack against the Dealers 18 and got paid at 3 to 2 on our initial bet.