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Zero Blackjack

Zero Lounge RSS / Editor / 06 September 2007 / Leave a comment

Zero Blackjack

Objective

In Blackjack, the object of the game is to beat the dealer by having a hand that totals 21 (without going over) or is closer to 21 than the dealer's hand.

Rules

The game is played using 8 decks of cards, re-shuffled after each round.

Once a player has bet, both the player and the dealer are dealt two cards each. The player's cards are dealt face up. The dealer's first card is dealt face down. The Ace can be used as a 1 or 11 points.

Any card combined with an Ace, other than a card that has a value of 10, is considered a "soft hand". Meaning that if the player has 4 and an Ace, it would be considered 5 or soft 15. The King, Queen, Jack and Ten are 10 points each; all other cards, are worth their face values. If the players first two cards total 21, then it's a Blackjack. If the players first two cards total 21 and the two cards are of the same suit, then it's a Suited Natural Blackjack.

If you are dealt any two cards other than a Blackjack, you may "Stand" (refuse any further cards), or "Hit" ( accept another card). A player who stands will not receive additional cards. Cards are dealt until the player stands or "busts" (exceeds 21). When you bust, you immediately lose your bet regardless of the dealer's hand result.

After the player's final actions, the dealer reveals the down card. If the dealer's hand is 16 or less, the dealer must continue to "hit" until reaching 17 or more. The dealer must stand on soft 17 and cannot take additional cards. If the dealer exceeds 21 ("bust"), and the player has stood without busting, the player wins. When the dealer stands on 17 or greater and has a higher count than the player - the dealer wins; if the player has the higher count - the player wins. If the player and the dealer have the same totals, it's a "push" (tie) except in the case when the player has drawn 5-cards on the hand and has a total of 21 (see below).

Zero Blackjack Additional Features

Suited Natural Blackjack

In 'zero Blackjack' a Suited Natural Blackjack, where the players first two cards total 21 and are of the same suit (eg Ace of Spades and Jack of Spades), pays 2:1 instead of the standard payout of 3:2 for a Blackjack. A Suited Natural Blackjack does not beat a standard Blackjack and if both the player and dealer have a Blackjack (regardless of whether it is a standard Blackjack or Suited Natural Blackjack), it is always a "push".

5-Card 21

If at any stage the player achieves a points total of 21 having taken exactly 5 cards on the hand, the player will immediately be paid out at 2:1. A player 5-card 21 beats any dealer drawn 21, but does not beat a dealer Blackjack. The 5-card 21 rule does not apply to the dealer and therefore a dealer 5-card 21 will "push" against a player 21 with less than 5 cards.

Expected Return

Expected player return on zero Blackjack (using perfect player strategy) is 100.0%*

Options

Splitting

When a player is dealt two cards with equal values, with the exception of two Aces, they have the option of "splitting" them into two separate hands. In order to "split", the initial bet has to be matched. Each hand is then played separately. If the player has two Aces they will not be offered the opportunity to split the hand. A hand can only be split once. A two card 21 total on a split is not a natural blackjack. If the hand does not push it will pay even money.

Before Split

After Split

before split

after split

Doubling Down

A player may double if their first two cards total 8,9,10 or 11. When a player doubles, only one more card is dealt and the original bet has to be matched. Essentially, the player bets the hand can be won with one more card. You can also "double down" after "splitting" a pair.

before double

after double

Insurance

When the dealer's up card is an ace, the player is offered "insurance". Taking insurance means the player makes a second bet (of half the original bet) that the dealer's face down card is a ten card. If this is the case, the player is paid 2 to 1 on the insurance bet and the initial bet loses as it is beaten by the dealer's Blackjack. If the dealer does not have a Blackjack, the insurance bet is lost and the hand is played out as normal.

insurance

Even Money

If the player (you) has a Blackjack and the dealer's up card is an Ace, the player is offered 'even money'. Taking even money means the player will be paid 1 to 1 on the Blackjack and not 3 to 2 as normal. Taking even money means the player believes the dealer's face down card is a ten card. If the player chooses not to take even money and the dealer reveals a Blackjack, both hands tie. If no even money is taken and the dealer has no Blackjack, the player is paid at 3 to 2.

*The Dealer has none of these options.

Payouts

Winning Wager

Odds Payout

Winning Hand

1 - 1

Winning Hand Totalling 21 with 5 Cards

2 - 1

Suited Natural Blackjack

2 - 1

Blackjack

3 - 2

Insurance

2 - 1

Even Money

1 - 1

Menu and Buttons

The messages and dealer audio will assist you while the game is in progress.

In the Main Menu you will find the "Gaming Guide", with instructions on how to play the game, the "Games Menu", to choose from the selection of games, "Support", to contact us and the "Cashier" that allows you to manage chips and money in your account.

Within the Options Menu you may turn the sound on or off and set the visual quality of the game to "High" or "Low".

The player buttons include: "Deal", "Undo", "Hit"," Stand", "Double Down", "Split", "Same Bet" and "New Game". The player buttons light up whenever they can be used.

Three "BET" circles enable you to play up to three hands at a time.

When playing multiple hands or splitting hands, an "arrow" graphic appears under the cards in play to indicate such.

You can remove bets from the bet circles by holding the "Shift" key and left-clicking on the bet circle

For convenience, the value of the last chip clicked on the chip stack is held in memory and can be repeated without returning to the chip stack. Simply click on the bet circle to place the chip. Each click on the same bet circle will increase your bet by 1 chip.

How to Play

1. Click on the chip stack, in the bottom right corner of the screen, to select the desired bet amount. The amount selected must be greater-than, or equal-to the minimum bet requirement posted on the table.

2. Click on 1, 2, or 3 of the "Bet" circles to place your initial bet(s). To remove or change a bet, hold the shift key and left-click the chip(s) or use the "Undo" button.

3. Click on the Deal button to have the cards dealt.

Additional bets once the cards have been dealt include Double Down and Split bets, as well as options to take Insurance and Even Money.

At all times, you will be able to see your Balance and the Total of your current bet . Your account will be credited or debited after each game.

4. To start a new game click on "New Game". To repeat the same bet you placed in the last game, click "Same Bet".

*Correct to 2 decimal places