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How to play Single Deck Blackjack

It is all about the magic number 21. One hand, one deck and the chance to hit 21 - Blackjack. Put your skill to the test and enjoy this fast paced casino game!


The main aim of Blackjack is to try to beat the Dealer by accumulating a hand value total close to, but not over, 21 points. You need to draw cards until your hand adds up to 21, or comes as close as possible without exceeding 21. If your first two cards total 21 (a ten card plus an ace), you have a Blackjack.

If you are dealt any two cards other than a Blackjack, then you may draw cards up to a total of 21. A player who stands, chooses not to receive additional cards. Any hand exceeding 21 (bust) loses regardless of the dealer's total. The dealer must draw on 16 and stands on 17. If the dealer's hand is the same as the players the hand is tied, otherwise the higher hand wins.

Values of the Cards:

In Blackjack, the cards are valued as follows:

  • An Ace may have a value of either 1 or 11. When the value of the Ace is taken as 11, this is referred to as a "soft" hand. An Ace will adopt the value most beneficial for your hand. For example, an Ace and a 7 will add up to 18. However, if you choose to take another card causing the hand's value to exceed 21, the Ace will revert to a value of 1. For example, an Ace, a 7 and a face card will add up to 18 (not 28).
  • The cards from 2 through 9 are valued at their face value.
  • The 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued at 10.
  • Blackjack is if your first two cards are a ten value card plus an ace.

How to bet:

To place your bet, simply click on a chip of your desired value from the rack at the bottom of the playing field and then place them in the required box on the casino table.

Select chip size: Select a chip denomination to play with by clicking onto one of the chips shown on the game screen.

Placing bets: Start by placing your bets. Clicking within a bet box will place a bet with the chosen chip size.

Removing bets: Clicking the "UNDO" button will remove the last chip placed.

Clear bets: Clicking the "CLEAR BETS" button will remove all chips from the table.

Deal: Clicking the "DEAL" button will start the game and the cards are dealt to you and the dealer. You receive two cards, both face up.

Hit: Clicking the "HIT" button will add one card to your hand currently in play.

Stand: Clicking the "STAND" button will end play on your current hand.

Repeat and Deal: Clicking the "REPEAT AND DEAL" button will repeat your bet from the last game.

Let 'em ride: Clicking the "LET 'EM RIDE" button will repeat your bet from the last game along with your winnings from the last game (Let 'em Ride is not available if your previous bet took out insurance).

Split: If you receive two cards of the same value you may "SPLIT" your hand. This means that one pair is divided into two separate hands. When splitting, you are required to place a bet on the second hand that is equal to the amount of the original bet.

If you have split a pair, you will play the first hand until you decide to stand, at which point you may begin playing the second hand.

Face cards of the same value but not of the same denomination cannot be split in this version of Blackjack. So, while a Ten and a Queen have the same numerical value, a hand consisting of these two cards cannot be split.

If you split a pair of Aces and then draw a card with a value of 10, this is not counted as Blackjack. This hand will have a value of 21. It will beat any dealer's hand with a value less than 21. It will draw ("push") against a dealer's hand with a value of 21. It will lose against a dealer's Blackjack. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of 10.

Double Down: Means you can double your original bet. After doubling, you can draw only one more card. You can only Double Down if the value of your initial two cards is 9, 10 or 11 - and doesn't include an Ace.

Insurance: If the dealer's first card is an Ace, you can safeguard your hand against the possibility that the dealer has Blackjack, by opting for insurance. The insurance bet costs half your original wager but if the dealer does have Blackjack, your insurance will pay out at 2:1 though you'll lose your original wager.

If the dealer doesn't have Blackjack, you'll lose the insurance bet though you can continue the play based on your original wager. Insurance only covers your original wager; it does not cover any "Double Down" bet.


Winning hand 1 : 1
Blackjack 3 : 2
Insurance 2 : 1
  • 1 : 1 - You bet £2 and you have a winning hand then you win £2 (plus you get your stake of £2 back).
  • 3 : 2 - You bet £2 and you have a Blackjack then you win £3 (plus you get your stake of £2 back).

Min./Max. Bets:

Min. bet £ 1
Max. bet £500

Formal Game Rules

The following constitutes the Formal Game Rules:

SINGLE DECK BLACKJACK is a variant of Blackjack sometimes known as "European no-hole", where the dealer does not initially receive a second ("hole") card. If the dealer later draws a Blackjack all bets (except Player Blackjack) including double downs and splits are lost.

The objective of the game is to draw cards to get closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. Cards have face value except face cards which count as 10 and Aces which can count as 1 or 11. A Blackjack is where an ace is drawn with a 10 value card.

Here are the key rules:

  • 1 deck, shuffled between hands
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Double on 9 to 11 only
  • No doubling after splitting
  • No re-splitting
  • After splitting, Aces and a 10 value card counts as 21 not Blackjack
  • No surrender
  • No dealer hole card
  • Insurance not resolved until end of hand
  • Minimum Wager: £1 per hand
  • Limit: £500 per hand (before Split or Double Down).

The game is commenced by pressing "DEAL" and this action being registered on our servers. Once the game has been commenced the game cannot be discontinued and the bet amount will be deducted from your account. On subsequent hands the game may also be commenced by pressing "LET EM RIDE" or "REPEAT £ DEAL". "LET EM RIDE" bets the winnings and returned stake from the previous (winning) hand and commences the game. "REPEAT £ DEAL" places a bet equal to the previous (losing) hand and commences the game.

The player may draw additional cards by pressing "HIT" or stop by pressing "STAND". The dealer will then draw their hand. The dealer must draw cards if their hand scores 16 or less and stand if their hand scores 17 or more.

Winning hands pay an amount equal to your original bet and your stake is returned. Player Blackjack pays 3:2. Insurance pays 2:1. If your hand ties with the dealer your stake is returned.

Insurance, Splitting and Double Down will be offered when available. Agreeing to "SPLIT", "DOUBLE DOWN" or "INSURANCE" constitutes a further game interaction and causes further money to be wagered on the game. Once any of these options have been actioned, it cannot be reversed.

0.5 and other small denomination chips are for display purposes in the event of 3:2 pay out on an odd value wager or insurance bet. They may not form part of a bet other than if the "LET EM RIDE" or "INSURANCE" feature is used.

This game is played over the Internet which is a communication medium that is known to be imperfect. Messages to or from your display device and the game servers may be lost or interrupted. If you have not commenced the game when you are disconnected, the game will not take place. If you have commenced the game when you are disconnected the game status will be recorded on the game servers and the bet will stand and the outcome will be reflected in your account status.

In the event a game is partway through when the disconnection occurs, attempting to reconnect should enable the game to recommence at the point at which disconnection occurred. If you have wagered and/or carried out any game interaction when you are disconnected, the result of that interaction will be recorded on the game servers and any bet(s) will stand and the outcome will be reflected in the game state and your account status. If a game cannot be recommenced in this way it is considered a malfunction.

In the event of disconnection the records stored on the game server shall be the final authority in determining the terms of any bets you have placed and the circumstances in which they were made.

Note that if you attempt to reconnect to a game after the last possible player interaction in a hand, you may not see the completion of the hand however your account balance will be updated to reflect the outcome. This is not considered a malfunction.

"Malfunction voids all pays and play" - in other words your bet and any outcome are void in the event of a malfunction.

In the event that these formal game rules contradict other information about the game these Game Rules shall take precedence. These Game Rules do not take precedence over the main Service Terms and Conditions.

Credits: The SINGLE DECK BLACKJACK game is an original Gamesys development based on traditional European "no-hole" Blackjack. Copyright Gamesys Ltd, All Rights Reserved.

Return To Player (RTP)

Return To Player (RTP): 99.91%.

The expected return is the amount we pay out to players relative to the amount of wagering on the game.

For example, if we take £100 of wagers we will, on average, pay out £99.91 of wins.

This return is based on the player making the best choices.