How to Play
It takes no time to understand Blackjack Single Hand. The aim is to build a hand of cards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is called going bust. When the round is over, if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is, then you have won.
It is very easy to understand hand values. Aces are worth 1 or 11, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and the number cards 2 to 10 are worth 10. As a result, a hand of 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is called Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand, meaning that it will always beats all other hands, even those worth 21 but containing more than 2 cards.
At the start of a round, place your chips on the table and click on ‘Deal’. You are dealt two face up cards while the dealer receives one face up and one face down. Then you must choose from the following basic options:
- Stand – Your hand remains as is and play moves to the dealer.
- Hit – You receive another card, if you don’t bust then you may Hit or Stand again.
- Double – This is only available after receiving your first two cards. Your bet is doubled, you receive one more card, and then the hand stands.
Sometimes one of the following options may be offered:
- Insurance – If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, you can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and pays out at 2:1 if the dealer has Blackjack.
- Split - If your first two cards have the same value then you can Split them into two hands. This will double your bet and then you play the two hands independently. However, if you split Aces then each hand receives just one more card. Furthermore, split hands cannot form Blackjack, only a hand worth 21.
- Even Money – You can choose this when you have Blackjack and the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. If you take Even Money, you win even money on your initial bet rather than the more generous Blackjack payout. Even if the dealer has Blackjack, you win instead of receiving a push.
When you have finished playing your hand the dealer will play. The dealer will always draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 17 and will stand as soon as it is worth 17 or more.
There are a number of design features in Blackjack Single Hand that enable you to customise your experience. In the settings menu you can turn on and off: Sound, Turbo, Keep Bust Hands, Always Offer Insurance, Always Offer Even Money, Show Collect Cards Animation, Auto Stand, and In-Game Warnings. This means, for instance, that if you know you will never accept Even Money, you can prevent the game from suggesting it as a possibility and not waste any time.
iSoftBet’s Blackjack game has an excellent interface. The game takes place on a green table and there is a clearly marked circle where the chips should be placed. The chips are displayed along the table’s lower edge, together with the game controls, which are clearly labelled. There is also a menu button where you can find the setting, the rules and payout details, as well as your game history.