Infinite Blackjack (blackjack)
The objective of Infinite Blackjack is to achieve a higher card count than the dealer, but without going over 21. The best hand is Blackjack – when the sum of the values of the first two cards dealt is exactly 21. You compete only against the dealer, not against other players.
The game is hosted by a dealer and allows an unlimited number of players to play in each game round.
- Played with eight standard 52-cards decks.
- Dealer always stands on 17.
- Double Down on any 2 initial cards.
- Split initial cards of equal value.
- Only one Split per hand.
- Single card to each Split Ace.
- No Double Down after Split.
- Insurance offered when dealer shows an Ace.
- Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
- Insurance pays 2 to 1.
- Push game when hands tie.
Card values are as follows:
- Cards from 2 to 10 are worth their face value.
- Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are each worth 10.
- Aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever is more favourable to the hand. Note that a soft hand includes an Ace worth 11.
After the allotted betting time has expired, the dealer deals one card face up to each player. Dealing starts with the first player to the dealer’s left and continues clockwise, ending with the dealer. The dealer then deals a second card face-up to each player and face-down to himself. The value of your initial hand is displayed next to your cards.
If the value of your initial two-card hand is exactly 21, you have Blackjack!
If the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you are given the option to purchase insurance to offset the risk that the dealer has Blackjack – even when you have Blackjack yourself. The amount of insurance is equal to one half of your main bet, and the insurance bet is settled separately from the bet on your hand. The dealer then peeks at the value of his/her downcard to check for Blackjack. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the round continues.
If the dealer has Blackjack, but you do not, the dealer’s hand wins. If you and the dealer both have Blackjack, the game ends in a push and your bet is returned. Note that when the dealer’s upcard is a 10 or face card, you will not be given the option to purchase insurance, and the dealer will not peak at his downcard to check for Blackjack.
Double Down, Hit or Stand
If the dealer does not have Blackjack upon checking his/her two initial cards, players are given the chance to improve the values of their hands in turn, by the dealer offering to deal further cards to players’ hands.
If the value of your initial hand is not 21, you can decide to Double Down. In this case, you will double your bet and be dealt only one additional card to add to your hand. Alternatively, you can decide to Hit to be dealt an additional card to add to the value of your hand. You can Hit more than once to receive additional cards before you decide to Stand once you are satisfied with the value of your hand.
Please note that the player will not be offered a decision option when his/her soft hand score equals 21.
If the sum of your hand exceeds 21, you bust and lose your bet on that hand.
When all players have taken their turns, the dealer reveals the value of his/her downcard. The dealer must Hit on a hand of 16 or less and must Stand on a hand of soft 17 or more. (Remember that a ‘soft hand’ includes an Ace worth 11.)
You win when the value of your final hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand or when the dealer busts. 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 is only possible using the two cards in the initial two-card deal. A hand of 21 resulting from a split pair is not considered a Blackjack. Therefore, Blackjack beats any hand of 21 resulting from a split pair.
“Six Card Charlie”
The “Six Card Charlie” rule means you win automatically if your hand consists of six cards with the total card value 21 or less, even if the dealer has Blackjack. In the case of a Split hand, each hand is evaluated individually.
This Blackjack game also includes optional side bets – Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It. You may place side bets in combination with your main Blackjack bet. You have the chance to win on any side bet whether you later win or lose on your Blackjack bet.
The Any Pair side bet allows you to bet on the combination of the two first cards of your hand.
The winning combination in this case is any two cards of the same value: e.g. two Queens, two Aces, two 10s, etc.
There are two types of combinations for the Any Pair side bet, each with a different payout:
• Any Pair, e.g. 10 of Clubs and 10 of Hearts. • Suited Pair, e.g. 2x Aces of Spades.
The 21+3 side bet gives you the chance to win if your first two cards plus the dealer’s upcard comprise any of the following winning combinations (similar to those in poker), each with a different payout:
- Suited Trips – an identical triplet, e.g. 3 Queens of Hearts.
- Straight Flush – in numerical sequence and same suit, e.g. 10, Jack and Queen of Diamonds.
- Three of a Kind – same value but different suits, e.g. any 3 unmatching Kings.
- Straight – in numerical sequence but different suits, e.g. 2 of Spades + 3 of Clubs + 4 of Hearts.
- Flush – non-sequential cards in the same suit, e.g. 2, 6 and 10 of Clubs.
The Hot 3 side bet allows you to bet on the combination of three cards, comprising your two first cards and the one open card on the dealer’s hand. There are several combinations for the Hot 3 side bet, each with a different payout:
- Total 19, for example: 8 of Hearts, 2 of Diamonds and 9 of Spades.
- Total 20, for example: 8 of Hearts, 2 of Diamonds and 10 of Spades.
- Total 21, suited, for example: 9 of Diamonds, 2 of Diamonds and 10 of Diamonds.
- Total 21, unsuited, for example: 9 of Hearts, 2 of Diamonds and 10 of Spades.
- 7-7-7, for example: 7 of Hearts, 7 of Clubs and 7 of Diamonds.
The Bust It side bet allows you to bet that the total value of the dealer’s cards will exceed 21, i.e. he/she will bust.
The Bust It side bet is pushed if the player has Blackjack.
There are several combinations for the Bust It side bet, each with a different payout:Bust with 3 cards.
- Bust with 4 cards.
- Bust with 5 cards.
- Bust with 6 cards.
- Bust with 7 cards.
- Bust with 8 or more cards.
Blackjack pays 3:2
Winning hand pays 1:1
If the dealer has Blackjack, insurance pays 2:1
- Suited pair 25:1
- Any Pair 8:1
- Suited Trips 100:1
- Straight Flush 40:1
- Three of a Kind 30:1
- Straight 10:1
- Flush 5:1
- Total 21 suited 20:1
- Total 21 unsuited 4:1
- Total 20 2:1
- Total 19 1:1
- Bust with 8 or more cards 250:1
- Bust with 7 cards 100:1
- Bust with 6 cards 50:1
- Bust with 5 cards 9:1
- Bust with 4 cards 2:1
- Bust with 3 cards 1:1
Return to Player
The optimal theoretical payout percentage is:
Blackjack – 99.47%*.
Any Pair bet – 95.90%.
21+3 bet – 96.30%.
Hot 3 bet – 94.60%.
Bust it bet – 94.12%.
*based on the first hand in the shoe