Single Deck Blackjack Review
Single Deck Blackjack, developed by Amaya Gaming works in the same way as the standard version of Blackjack. Players will be delighted to know that Single Deck Blackjack is played with just one deck of cards, as opposed to the usual six decks. This means that Single Deck Blackjack decreases the houses edge on the game dramatically.
Blackjack is essentially a two-player game between the player and the dealer. Two cards are dealt to the player and the dealer. The player’s cards are dealt face up while only one of the dealer’s cards will face up with the other facing down. The objective is to accumulate 21 or the closest value to it, without going over or busting 21, the player that achieves this wins.
Blackjack is played with a standard international 52-card deck without the jokers. All cards 2 through until 10 have their face numerical value. The Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 points each, and the Ace is either worth 1 or 11 points, which can be determined by the player. The best possible hand in Blackjack is a natural 21, this occurs when players are dealt a 10 point value card such as a King and an Ace. If the dealer also has a natural 21 this will result in a push.
After receiving the two initial cards players have options available to them in order to accumulate 21, these include hit, stand, double down, split, surrender and a neat Insurance option.
A hit is when players take another card from the dealer. When a player chooses to stand they will take no more cards from the dealer, this is also known as stay.
In Insurance, when the dealers face up card is an Ace, players have the option to bet on whether or not the dealer has Blackjack. This bet size is equal to your original stake size and is paid out on odds of 2 to 1.
In Split, if players are dealt a hand with two starting cards of the same value, the player has the option to split the hand and continue playing the round with two hands.
In double down, if a player is certain that the cards dealt will beat the dealers the player is allowed to double the original bet. Players should be aware that once the double down option has been selected, only one further card will be granted by the dealer.
In surrender, players have the option to fold their hand at the expense of half their stake.
Single Deck Blackjack Rules
Only one deck of standard playing cards are used in Single Deck Blackjack.
The dealer hits on soft seventeen.
Players have the option of splitting a hand up to three times.
Aces can be split and the player only receives one card designated to each Ace. Players should be aware that tit is not possible to re-split the Aces.
Any hand featuring a split Ace and a card with a value of ten does not count as Blackjack.
If players manage to land Blackjack it pays at three to two.
If players win insurance wagers, this pays at two to one.
Any other winning hands pay at one to one.