Multi-hand blackjack is a new and exciting way to play online blackjack, allowing players to play upto 5 hands at a time. In this game a player is dealt up to 5 hands of cards, which he can play against the dealer’s only hand. A typical multi-hand blackjack game is played with 5 standard decks of 52 playing cards. After every game, all the cards are reshuffled and the player is allowed to play multiple hands at once. This adds to the player’s advantage, while offering him the best possible shot at winning.
To play, a player must first decide the number of hands he wants to play. Depending on how many hands he is playing, the dealer deals one card to each hand, including his own. The player is then dealt his second card. The dealer will not receive any further cards until the player has played all his hands.
Just like regular blackjack, the aim of multi-hand blackjack too is to beat the dealer by forming a hand of higher value than the dealer, without going over 21 on each hand. The face cards like kings, queens and jacks are valued at 10. Cards 2 to 10 are equal to their respective face value. An ace can have the value of 1 or 11, depending on what suits your hand the most. As long as your total is less than 21, the ace will be treated as 11 points. If your hand exceeds 21, the ace will have the value of 1.
When the sum of your first two cards on each hand is less than 21, you have the option of getting additional cards, also called a ‘HIT’. You may keep on requesting additional cards until your hand – 1. Goes bust, 2. Total reaches 21, or 3. You choose to ‘stand’. The player would then move on to next hand. If the player is dealt a blackjack, the dealer automatically loses unless he too has a blackjack.
Once you’ve placed your bets and played all your hands, the dealer will receive his second card. All your busted hands are considered lost and are excluded from the game. The dealer must continue to draw more cards until his hand total reaches 17 or more. If the dealer don’t bust, the values of both the player’s and dealer’s hand are compared, and whoever has a stronger hand wins the game.
Like any other online casinos game Multi-hand Blackjack is also guided by a certain rules.
Multi-hand blackjack is played with 5 standard decks of 52 cards, which are shuffled after every game.
You can draw only 5 additional cards per hand, thus forming a hand of 7 cards maximum, given that the total of your hand does not go above 21. If it happens, the player ‘bust’ and lose that hand automatically. A player will stay if his hand total doesn’t exceed 21 even after receiving all his seven cards. He will then move on to the next hand or would let the dealer play his hand.
If the dealer’s hand total is less than 17, he must choose to draw. Alternatively, if his hand total is 17 or more, the dealer must stand.
If you’ve received a blackjack, you will automatically stay and would go onto your next hand. If the dealer has a blackjack too, the game would end up in a tie. When the player beats the dealer with a blackjack, he’s immediately paid out at 3 to 2.
On the other hand, if the dealer gets a blackjack, you lose the entire amount you bet.
When you’re dealt two cards of the same value, like two sevens, two aces or two queens, you can choose to split your hand. To split means to divide your hand into two separate hands that can be played independently. On splitting, you automatically wager an amount equal to your first bet, on your second hand.
Remember, that you can only split the cards of same ranking, but not of the same point value. For example, a 10 and a queen may have same point value, but a hand consisting of these two cards cannot be split, for a simple reason that they don’t have the same ranking.
Similarly, a split pair of aces followed by a 10 point value card will not be considered as blackjack. This card would, however, have a value of 21 and will beat any dealer’s hand except for a blackjack. The same rule applies when you split a pair with value of 10.
You can ‘double’ only if the value of your two initial cards on any of your hands is 9, 10 or 11. To double means to hit another card and double your bet, hoping that it will be sufficient enough to beat the dealer’s yet to be completed hand. You have to bet an amount equal to your original wager, but should you win you will receive double of your total bet on that hand.