How to Play Blackjack Solo
Blackjack Solo follows the standard Blackjack rules. The aim of the game is very simple. You need to build a hand of cards that is as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it, which is known as going bust. At the end of a round, as long as your hand is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s is then you will win.
As usual, the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards are all worth 10 and the Aces are worth either 1 or 11. This means that it is possible to form 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card, this is known as Blackjack and it is the most valuable hand.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet, you can bet anything from 0.25 up to 100 per round. When you are happy with your bet click on ‘Deal’ to receive your two face-up cards. At this point, the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown.
You then have a number of options for your hand. The main ones are ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. Selecting ‘Hit’ will draw another card to the hand, selecting ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and if you select ‘Double’ your bet will be doubled, you’ll receive one more card and the dealer will then play his round.
When you have finished playing your hand the dealer will play his. The dealer must draw to 16 and will stand on all 17s.
At the end of a round winning hands are paid at 2:1 except Blackjack which is paid out at 3:2. If both you and the dealer have the same hand then the bet is returned as a push, if you have Blackjack and the dealer has 21 then you will win the round.
Blackjack Solo Special Features
Sometimes when playing a hand you will be offered various other options. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against him having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer goes on to have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1. If your two first cards have the same value then you can ‘Split’ them into two separate hands. You can then play them as individual hands giving you more opportunities to win. If you split two Aces then you will only receive one more card to each hand.
It is possible for you to put together a hand of ten cards without going bust. This is called a 10 Card Charlie and it will beat all hands other than Blackjack.
In addition to these features, the game has some features that makes playing more enjoyable. For instance, you can change the colour of the tablecloth to one that you find more pleasant to look at. The table also has a number of buttons to help speed up play such as the ‘Rebet’ button to quickly repeat the last bet.