3 Hand Blackjack

Published: 12/03/2013

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino table games in the world. In the early days of online casinos, it was only possible to play a single hand against the House, but software has been upgraded and expanded to allow for a wide variety of variations, including multi-hand versions for even greater action on each deal. Among these is the 3 Card Blackjack game offered on Bet365 and other major Playtech-affiliated casinos.

The object of 3 Hand Blackjack, of course, is for the total of the cards to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards without exceeding 21. For this game, Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value, 2~9.

The table layout for 3 Hand Blackjack is standard, except there are exactly three betting areas for the player, rather than just one used for classic online blackjack or the five betting areas common at many multi-hand tables. The dealer’s shoe can be seen at the upper right corner of the screen, the discard tray in the upper left corner and the dealer’s chip rack is positioned in between them.

The player may choose a chip denomination for wagering from the player’s chip rack in the lower right corner of the screen. Available denominations are £0.50, £1, £5, £25 and £100. The minimum wager allowed per hand is £1 and the maximum is £50. Click on a chip from the rack and then click on a betting area to place the wager. Play one, two or three hands at a time for a maximum stake of £150 per hand. The amount bet shows in the “Stake” indicator at the bottom of the screen. If a mistake is made in wagering, clicking on the red “Clear” button at the bottom of the display will remove all chips from the betting areas.

Once the bets have been made, the game begins by clicking on the green “Deal” button at the bottom of the display. The game uses six standard decks of playing cards. Cards are dealt face up to all active betting positions and the dealer shows one card, while keeping on in the hole. Only when the dealer is showing an Ace is insurance offered at odds of 2 to 1. Otherwise, the hand is played out completely.

The player gets the option to “Stand,” “Hit” or “Double” on each hand in order from right to left. Doubling is allowed on any two cards, regardless of total value. The only exception is a natural blackjack (21 points on two cards), which automatically pays 3 to 2. The option to “Split” is offered whenever the player’s two cards form a pair. Insurance, Double and Split require an additional wager, but the options will not be offered if the player has an insufficient balance to make them.

According to the rules of 3 Hand Blackjack, the dealer must stand on 17 and draw to 16. In most respects, the game follows the standard Las Vegas Strip rules, but for a few exceptions. For example, after each round of play, used cards are returned to the shoe and all six decks are shuffled. Also, the player may not re-split a split hand and only one card can be drawn to split Aces. The player may, however, double down after splitting.

As the hand plays out, the total value of each hand will show in a green circle to the immediate left of the cards. Soft totals (containing an Ace) will show both the hard and soft values. Anytime a player’s hand busts with a total of 22 or more, the circle will turn red and display the losing value with the word “Bust” underneath.

Once all of the player’s hands have been played, the dealer’s hand will be completed. For each hand the player wins, the circle showing the total will turn yellow with the word “Win” underneath. Losing hands will show in red and for pushes (ties) the circle will turn grey. The total amount won for all hands is indicated in the “Winnings” indicator at the bottom right corner of the screen. The player then has the option to click on the yellow “Rebet” button to make the same wagers again or use the green “New Game” button to start afresh.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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