First Person Blackjack

First Person Blackjack

Race to reach 21 in First Person Blackjack!


    First Person Blackjack Game Overview

    The aim of First Person Blackjack is to achieve a higher card count than the dealer, without going over 21.

    The best hand available is Blackjack, where the sum of your first two dealt cards equals exactly 21.

    You play against the dealer only in this game, not against other players.


    Game Rules

    First Person Blackjack is hosted by a dealer and allows up to seven players to play at once.

    The game is played with eight standard 52-card decks.

    The values of the cards are as follows:

    • Cards numbered from two to ten are worth their face value. 
    • Face cards are each worth ten.
    • Aces are worth one or 11, whichever is more favourable to the hand - a soft hand includes an Ace worth 11.

    After the betting time has expired, each player is dealt one card face up.

    Dealing starts with the first player to the dealer's left and continues clockwise until the dealer is reached.

    The dealer then deals a second card face up to each player, as well as one face down to himself.

    You will then be able to view the value of your initial hand next to your cards.


    Insurance

    You will be offered the option to buy insurance if the dealer's upcard is an Ace - this is to offset the risk that they have blackjack, even if you have blackjack yourself.

    The amount of insurance is equal to one half of your main bet.

    The insurance bet is settled separately from the bet on your hand.

    The dealer will check his downcard for blackjack, if he doesn't have it then the round continues.

    If the dealer has blackjack but you don't, the dealer's hand wins.

    However, if you and the dealer both have blackjack, the game ends in a push and your bet is returned.

    You won't receive the option to purchase insurance if the dealer's upcard is a ten or face card, and the dealer won't check for blackjack. 


    Double Down, Hit or Stand

    When the dealer doesn't have blackjack on his first two cards, you will have the opportunity to improve the value of your card.

    If the value of your initial hand doesn't equal 21, you can choose to Double Down, which will double your bet and add one more card to your hand.

    Alternatively, you can choose to Hit to receive an additional card to your hand - this can be done more than once.

    Choosing to Stand indicates that you are satisfied with the value of your hand. 


    Split

    When your initial hand is a pair of cards of equal value, you can choose to Split, which will separate the pair into two separate hands.

    Each hand will have a separate bet equal to your main bet.

    A second card will be dealt to each of the hands - you then have the option to Hit to improve the value of the hands.

    If you Split an initial pair of Aces, you will only receive one additional card per hand with no option to Hit.


    Outcome

    If the sum of your hand exceeds 21, you bust and lose your bet on that hand.

    The dealer will value of their downcard once all players have taken their turns.

    The dealer has to Hit on a hand worth 16 or less, but Stand on a hand of soft 17 or more.

    Should the value of your final hand be closer to 21 than the dealer's, or if the dealer busts, you win!

    If the value of your hand is the same as the dealer's, the game round ends in a push and your bet is returned.

    Blackjack beats a hand of 21 comprised of three or more cards - blackjack also beats a hand of 21 resulting from a Split pair. 


    Side Bets

    There are optional side bets available in First Person Blackjack - Perfect Pairs and 21+3.

    Side bets can be placed in combination with your main bet, and you have the chance to win on any side bet regardless of whether you win on your main bet or not.


    Perfect Pairs Side Bet

    The Perfect Pairs side bet offers the chance to win if your first two cards make any pair, e.g. two Kings, two fives, or two Jacks.

    There are three types of pairs available, each with a different payout. 

    • Perfect Pair - same suit
    • Coloured Pair - different suits of the same colour
    • Mixed Pair - different suits


    21+3 Side Bet

    The 21+3 side bet offers the chance to win if the sum of your first two cards and the dealer's upcard comprise any of the following winning combinations, each with a different payout:

    • Suited Trips - an identical triplet
    • Straight Flush - in numerical sequence and the same suit
    • Three of a Kind - same value but different suits
    • Straight - in numerical sequence but different suits
    • Flush - same suit but in no particular order 


    Bet Behind

    Bet Behind lets you bet on another player's hand, meaning that you share the outcome of their hand.

    The payouts for Bet Behind wagers are the same as ordinary bets.

    You can choose to Bet Behind regardless of whether you are seated at the table and intend to play your hand.

    You cannot Bet Behind your own hand.

    You can place a bet in any activated Bet Behind spot at another player's seat while betting is open.

    To view the total number of players who have placed a Bet Behind bet, hover over a Bet Behind spot - this will also enable you to view the sum of their combined wagers.

    Should the player you have bet behind decide not to play the round, your bet will be immediately refunded.

    The nickname displayed at each seat identifies which player will make all the decisions for that hand.

    You can decide to place an insurance bet if the dealer's upcard is an Ace.

    Additionally, you can also decide in advance whether or not to double your bet when the player you have bet behind chooses to Double Down or Split.

    Before you place your first Bet Behind bet, the dialogue box will appear, allowing you to specify your preferences regarding when to Double Down or Split.

    These preferences can be edited later by clicking the 'Settings' button and selecting 'Bet Behind Options'.

    You can also untick 'Allow other players to bet behind me' to block other players from betting behind you.


    Hot Players

    Players with the longest winning streak can be identified by the 'Hot Players' icon.

    The number on the gold medal represents the number of consecutive rounds that player has won.

    As soon as a Hot Player loses a round, they lost the gold medal icon. 


    Payouts

    • Blackjack - 3:1
    • Winning Hand - 1:1
    • Insurance when the dealer has blackjack - 2:1


    Perfect Pairs Payouts

    HandPayout
    Perfect Pair25:1
    Coloured Pair12:1
    Mixed Pair6:1

    21+3 Payouts

    HandPayout
    Suited Trips100:1
    Straight Flush40:1
    Three of a Kind30:1
    Straight10:1
    Flush5:1

    Return to Player

     The optimal theoretical payout percentage is: 

    • Blackjack – 99.28%
    • Perfect Pairs bet – 95.90%
    • 21+3 bet – 96.30%