Hot Streak Blackjack
Blackjack with Hot Streak Bonus combines all the benefits of our very popular European Blackjack game, including our favourable rules, with an exciting opportunity to turn lucky streaks into big money! The more consecutive hands you hit, the more you win in big cash prizes!
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How to Play
In Blackjack, you try to beat the Dealer by accumulating a card value total close to, but not over, 21 points.
Start by placing a bet.
You may also place a Hot Streak Bonus bet. Each Hot Streak Bonus bet advances for every Blackjack win. Tie the dealer and your streak bets are preserved.
After placing your bets, click the DEAL button to start play.
You receive two cards, both face up, and the Dealer receives one face up card.
Playing a Hand of Blackjack
All face cards are worth 10, Aces are worth either 1 or 11, and all other cards are worth their stated value. A Blackjack occurs when the hand's first two cards sum to 21 by getting an Ace and a 10-value card.
If the Dealer's face up card is an Ace, you are offered a choice of Insurance against a potential Dealer Blackjack. If you accept Insurance, this automatically places another bet equal to half of your original bet. After you play out your hand, if the Dealer has a Blackjack, then your Insurance Bet is paid 2 to 1.
If your first two cards form a Blackjack, then your hand is a guaranteed winner. If the Dealer does not have a Blackjack, you win 3 to 2 on your bet. If the Dealer also has a Blackjack, then it is a tie, and you win your bet back.
If you do not have a Blackjack, then you are given the opportunity to try to improve the outcome of your hand. Depending on the cards you hold, you may choose one of the following options:
HIT - You request an additional card. You can continue to hit until:
- You decide to stand.
- You bust by receiving a card that causes your card value total to exceed 21. If you bust, your hand loses and your bet is forfeited.
- Your card value total is 21 (automatic stop).
- You have six cards in your hand whose value does not exceed 21 which results in a Six-Card Charlie.
STAND - You request no further cards and play this hand against the Dealer's hand.
SPLIT - If the first two cards in a hand are of the same value, you may click SPLIT to split your cards into two separate hands, which also places an additional bet equal to the original bet (A split hand leading to a two-card value total of 21 is not a Blackjack.). Unlike most Blackjack games, Blackjack with Hot Streak Bonus has no special restriction on split Aces. You may treat split Aces just like any other split card.
DOUBLE DOWN - On the first two cards in a hand, you may click DOUBLE DOWN to automatically double your original bet and receive exactly one additional card. You may also double down on the first two cards of any split hands.
The card value total is displayed on circular plaques adjacent to each hand. As cards are dealt to a hand, the plaque displays an updated card value total. When your hand holds an Ace, the plaque flashes the card value total and the word "Soft". The value displayed is based on counting the Ace as an 11 rather than a 1. For example, a 5 and an Ace are shown as a "Soft 16".
When comparing your hand versus the Dealer's hand, Aces are evaluated such that they represent the highest possible card value total not exceeding 21.
After you have played out your hand without exceeding 21, the Dealer's hand will be played out.
If the Dealer's hand is a Blackjack, then all bets are forfeited, and the game ends (The exception is when you also have a Blackjack in which case your bet is returned.).
If the Dealer's card value total is 16 or lower, additional cards are dealt until the card value total is 17 or higher. If the Dealer's card value total exceeds 21, then the Dealer busts and any of your standing hands win. Otherwise, the Dealer's card value total is compared against each of your hands. In the case of a tie, this is a push and your bet for that hand is returned.
A Six-Card Charlie beats all Dealer hands except for a Dealer Blackjack. Only the player can get a Six-Card Charlie.
If your hand busts (total value exceeds 21) then the Dealer will only be dealt a second card in the case when the Dealer's first card is an Ace and you placed an Insurance bet.
Hot Streak Bonus
Before the start of each game, you may place an optional side bet on the base of the Hot Streak Bonus ladder to earn extra awards for multiple consecutive wins.
Each Hot Streak Bonus bet advances whenever you win your Blackjack game. If you tie with the Dealer, all Hot Streak Bonus bets remain in place. When you lose your Blackjack game, all Hot Streak Bonus bets are also lost.
In the event that you split your initial two cards into two hands, you can only lose your Hot Streak Bonus bets if you lose both of your split hands against the Dealer. Likewise, you must win both hands to advance your Hot Streak bonus bets. Otherwise, your Hot Streak Bonus bets remain in place. Therefore, even if you bust on your first split hand, you may still be able to save your Hot Streak.
Hot Streak Bonus bets are not affected by a Double Down. In other words, a Double Down will not double any placed Hot Streak Bonus bets.
In terms of the Hot Streak Bonus progression, a Blackjack win is counted as a win, and a Blackjack push (when you and the Dealer both get a Blackjack) is counted as a tie.
Insurance bets have no effect on the Hot Streak Bonus bets.
If you win a game after placing a Hot Streak Bonus bet, this bet will start along the Hot Streak ladder and cannot be removed or increased. You always have the option to place a new Hot Streak Bonus bet with your Blackjack game bet, but this will not affect any other Hot Streak Bonus bets further along the ladder. If a Hot Streak Bonus bet progresses all the way to the top of the ladder, this bet will be returned to you as part of your 4-wins-in-a-row award.
If you place a Hot Streak Bonus bet and then tie that game, the Hot Streak Bonus bet you just placed is also considered pushed. You then have the option to replay, remove or add to this Hot Streak Bonus bet just like you do with a pushed main game bet.
How To Bet
To play Blackjack, select a chip value by clicking a chip at the bottom of the playing field. The chip you select brightens and displays in a raised position. To place a bet, click the bet circle in the center of table. Each time you click, you place one chip on the table.
Your bet must be at least as large as the minimum bet and cannot exceed the maximum bet.
After you place your bet, click the DEAL button.
If you wish to repeat your last bet and play immediately after completing a game, click the REBET AND DEAL button. If you have sufficient credits, this button restores your previous bets and initiates play all in one click.
If you wish to repeat your last bet without initiating a new game, click the REBET button. This restores your previous bets. If you wish, you can adjust any bet. You still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play.
The DOUBLE BET button causes your currently placed bet to be doubled every time you click it. If doubling your current bet would cause a bet to exceed the bet limit, then the DOUBLE BET button is not available.
If you click the DOUBLE BET button before placing a bet, this is equivalent to first clicking the REBET button and then the DOUBLE BET button. You will still need to click the DEAL button to initiate play. The DOUBLE BET button only affects the main Blackjack bet; it does not double the Hot Streak Bonus bet.
To remove a bet from the table, either press the SHIFT key and click your chips on the felt, or click the CLEAR button.
Clicking the OPTIONS button reveals a menu of controls that enable you to customize various aspects of the game to suit your preferences:
Rules - Player
Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
Double down is possible on any two cards.
Player may double down on the initial two cards of a split hand.
Player may treat split Aces just like any other split card.
Blackjack is only possible on first two cards on each hand (and not on split cards).
Player may draw a maximum of six cards for any hand. A six-card Player hand whose value does not exceed 21 beats all Dealer outcomes except for Dealer Blackjack.
Rules - Dealer
Dealer must draw to 16.
Dealer must stand on all 17's. This includes soft values where an Ace can be counted as an 11 value.
Insurance Bets are offered when the Dealer's face up card is an Ace. Subsequent Dealer Blackjack will pay 2 to 1 on any Insurance Bet.
Dealer Blackjack beats all Player outcomes causing loss of all Player bets. The exception is when Player and Dealer both have Blackjack, in which case the bet is returned to the Player.
6 decks of standard playing cards, shuffled for each hand of play.
Malfunction voids all pays and play.
The Game Console provides information and access to additional features:
- Your current balance in your chosen currency
- System malfunction voids all games.
- Return to Player for this game is 99.81% based on good playing strategy.
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