This game is played between players and the bank.
The winner is the player with the highest score not exceeding 21.
When the bets have been placed, the banker deals from left to right one card face up to each of the boxes in the game and one card to the bank.
A second card is then dealt – facing up – to each of the boxes and players can then ask for more cards.
When everyone has played their hand, the bank’s hand is played by the croupier. With a score of 17 or more the bank has to stick.
The ace counts as either 1 or 11 points, picture cards are worth 10 points and the value of the other cards is their own number. Black jack is when a player scores 21 with the first two cards (for example, an ace and a picture card). This hand beats all others and the player is paid at 3 to 2.
If the bank also scores black jack the two hands draw (“égalité”).
Apart from this, the player wins if their score is higher than the croupier’s. If their score exceeds 21, they lose automatically (“bust”) and if the score is the same the hand is tied (“égalité”).
Players who are sitting at the table or standing can bet on any of the boxes as long as there are no more than three stakes per box.
Other players, however, cannot tell box holders how to play their cards.
Variants of the game.
Double the initial bet DOWN FOR DOUBLE
The player, having received the first two cards, has the possibility of doubling the initial bet, regardless of the score obtained; if he makes this choice, he will be assigned one and only one card by the employee.
Splitting – “SPLITTING PAIR”
If the first two cards dealt have the same value, the player can split them into two separate hands and double the initial stake. If the player splits two aces the dealer deals one card only. If the player scores 21 (an ace with a 10 or a picture card) the score is not considered black jack. If the player is dealt 9, 10 or 11 with the first two cards, they can double their stake and draw one card only.
If the dealer deals the bank an ace as the first card, players can insure themselves against the chance of the bank scoring Black Jack.
To do this players must place a stake (worth at least half the value of their original bet) in the insurance spaces on the table, before any player asks to be dealt an extra card after their first two.