Blackjack 3 Hands Game Tutorial
Blackjack 3 Hands is played with 6 decks of 52 cards that are shuffled automatically before each game round. Per game round players can bet on 1, 2 or 3 hands at the same time and the ‘special game features’ of Blackjack 3 Hands are the Split, Double, Insurance, the Even Money option and the dealer’s last hands display.
Blackjack Game Rules
The Blackjack 3 Hands game rules are the same as any regular (‘classic’) blackjack casino table game:
- The goal of the game is to have more points in the hand than the dealer has without exceeding 21 points;
- The cards are valued (in points) as follows: 2 up to 10 numbered cards are worth their respective face values, Ace is 1 or 11 and King, Queen and Jack are worth 10 points;
- After being dealt two initial cards the player has the choice to ‘hit’ (get extra cards dealt to get closer to 21 points), ‘stand’ (‘hold’ the hand with a certain amount of points and wait for the dealer to play his hand) or ‘Double’ (double the initial bet made on a hand, see below);
- Of the two initial cards dealt to the dealer only one is dealt face up (visible);
- If the player has ‘hit’ more than a total of 21 points the hand is “bust” and the player loses. If the dealer buys more than 21 points his hand is bust too (and the dealer loses);
- The highest hand (without exceeding 21 points) wins
- A Blackjack hand is an Ace and a 10 points valued card, dealt as the initial two cards. A Blackjack hand wins over 21 points;
- If the value of the hands of the dealer and the player are equal it’s a ‘Push’ and the player gets to keep the bet.
- The dealer must stand on 17, including on a “soft” 17 (17 points with an Ace in it), and hit on 16 points.
- A hand of 21 points (without of course being a Blackjack hand) is automatically set on ‘stand’.
If the first two cards dealt to a player in one hand are equal in value (for example two 9’s or two Kings) the hand can be “split” to form two new hands. On each split card the player will get a second card dealt and automatically plays each hand with the same bet that was initially placed. Split hands cannot be split again (no re-splitting) and the split hands are played one after the other.
If the split hand were two Aces only one (1) extra card on each hand is dealt on top of the two initial cards of the hand, and after which the hand is either ‘Bust’ (exceeding 21 points) or set on ‘Stand’ (independent of the amount of points in the hand). An Ace and a 10 points valued card in a split hand doesn’t count as Blackjack but as 21 points.
Upon receiving the two first cards after placing an initial bet the player can decide to double this bet. In that case however automatically one (1) extra card is dealt to the player (leaving the hand either ‘bust’ or on ‘stand’ with a certain amount of points).
If the dealer deals himself an Ace as the first (visible) card of his hand the player is given the option to put an ‘insurance’ on his hand(s). The cost of that insurance is always 50% of the initial bet on the hand. In case the dealer has Blackjack the player wins according to the pay table (see below).If not, the player only looses the Insurance bet after which the hands are played normally.
When the player has Blackjack and the dealer as a first (visible) card has an Ace the player can opt to be paid ‘Even Money’ which means he automatically wins his bet double back. If the player doesn’t take ‘Even Money’ and subsequently the dealer really has a Blackjack hand it’s a ‘Push’ and the player only gets the bet returned. If however in this case the dealer doesn’t have a Blackjack hand the player wins with Blackjack and according to the pay table (see below).
The dealer’s last hands display
In the upper right corner of the play screen a display shows the results of the hands of the dealer over the last 10 game rounds
Blackjack 3 Hands Bet limits
At the bottom in the center of the screen you see a number of chips. When you click the arrows left and right of the chips you will get more options in chip value. The minimum and maximum bets of Blackjack, and therefore the value of the chips as displayed, depends on the specific Netent casino that is offering the game. By default the minimum bet is set on € 1,00 and the maximum possible bet on € 500,00. Placed bets will be automatically turned into one single chip, for example 2 € 50 chips will be turned into a single € 100 chip on the table.
Blackjack 3 Hands Pay Table
The Pay Table of Blackjack 3 Hands can be opened by clicking the “i” signed button in the lower left corner of the screen and shows the following :
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Insurance pays 2:1
- A Win pays 1:1
- Even Money pays 1:1
- A Push returns the bet to the player
When you start playing Blackjack 3 Hands you can adjust a number of settings to your liking. You do this by clicking the little wrench icon at the bottom utmost left of the screen. The game settings can be adjusted as follows:
- Speed: sets the speed of the game play on a scale of 1 to 10
- Soundtrack: turns on or off 1 of the 5 different soundtracks that can be chosen
Right of the wrench icon you’ll find buttons to set the volume of the game, display the pay table and the game rules.
Blackjack 3 Hands manual
At the bottom center you will see different chips to choose from. Click on the desired value you want to bet followed by clicking on the bet field on the table. You can play up to a maximum of 3 hands at the same time, but this is not mandatory. If you want to remove a bet, click on the ‘undo’ or ‘remove’ icons on either side of the bet you want to remove.
When all bets are made, click DEAL. Now you will get two cards for every hand you bet, and the dealer will get one open card and one face down. If this open card of the dealer is a 10 points valued card the dealer will check if he has a Blackjack hand (thus his concealed card being an Ace). If this is the case the player will lose all hands and bets, if not the game round is continued normally.
When you play multiple hands, you will see a blinking arrow above one of the hands. This is the active hand; for that hand you can now choose to get an extra card by clicking HIT, to stand by clicking STAND, or to double the bet by clicking DOUBLE.
When you get two cards of the same value, the SPLIT button will also become available; you can click this if you want to split your hand. In case the dealer has an Ace you will also see the INSURANCE button, if you want to buy insurance, click this button. If the dealer has an Ace and the player has a Blackjack hand subsequently also the EVEN MONEY option will appear. When all hands are played, the round is over and you can play a new round. You can choose to play again with the same bet by clicking REBET, or you can place a NEW BET.
Black Jack… Isn’t that… ‘Twenty-One’?
Yes, it is… Black Jack is also known as the game ‘Twenty-One’, one of the most popular and widely played card games in the world… But if you are thinking: “Ok, playing Twenty-One I know… So let’s head to one of the safe and reliable Netent Casinos and play new Netent table game Black Jack 3 Hands for real money” you might be in for quite a surprise…
Because maybe you know the game is played against a (in this case ‘virtual’) dealer that you need to beat by assembling a ‘hand’ of cards with as close as possible to 21 points while by no means this ‘magic number’ must be exceeded…
Maybe you know that the hand with the most points wins and that a ‘Black Jack’ hand (an Ace plus a 10 points valued card) wins the most. You might also know Aces can count as 1 or 11 points, that cards dealt with a similar value can be ‘split’, that hands can be ‘insured’, that bets can be doubled and maybe you even know what it means when ‘the dealer has to stand on 17 and draw on 16’…
But do you also know what the Black Jack 3 Hands special game feature ’Even Money’ is? That a hand of 21 points in Black Jack 3 Hands automatically is set on ‘stand’? That the dealer also has to ‘stand’ on a ‘soft’ 17 (do you know what a ‘soft 17’ is?) and that a ‘split’ hand of Aces never can produce a Black Jack hand? And, last but not least, are you aware that ‘3 Hands’ doesn’t mean you physically have to have 3 hands to become a ‘crack’ at the game, but that it actually means you can play (and bet on) up to 3 hands at the same time per game round?
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