How to play Blackjack

The William Hill Casino offers a wide range of casino card games which are slightly different versions of the age old card game twenty-one. Blackjack is possibly the better known of the group, especially in land based casinos, but the other varieties are just as popular with the hordes of online punters.

Blackjack is not a difficult game and in the preceding pages we have covered the history, rules, player choices and strategy in some depth. The whole point of the game is to get as close to 21 without going ‘bust’ and there are a number of choices available to the player –deal, pass, hit, stand, split, double and insurance are all buttons on screen that simply have to be clicked by the mouse.

In our Player’s Choices page we have listed some of the more popular choices but there is an area we have not touched on:

  • Insurance – Every time the dealer’s exposed card is an Ace, the player will be given the opportunity of taking out insurance. A simple click on the insurance button will suffice. Should the player believe that the dealer’s face down has a ranking of ten; the player may place a bet, half the size of the original wager as insurance. If the dealer’s down card does have a ranking of ten, then the player will be paid out 2:1 on the insurance bet, but will lose the original wager, unless the player also happens to have a blackjack, or 21.

Each casino, be it online or land-based, has rules which are specific to their version of each game, and William Hill is no different. Below are rule exceptions for Blackjack:

  • The deck is shuffled after each hand
  • Pairs may not be re-split
  • No additional cards may be drawn on player’s Split Aces
  • Should a player receive a 10 or face card, after splitting Aces, it will count only as 21, and not as Blackjack.
  • Rule Exceptions for Multi-Split Blackjack:
  • The deck is shuffled after each hand
  • Pairs may be spilt up to three times
  • Player’s are not allowed to draw more cards on split Aces

The Payouts

  • Winning Hand – 1:1
  • Blackjack – 3:2
  • Insurance – 2:1