Blackjack Classic is a mobile version of one of the most popular card games of all time. It’s a NetEnt title, which means you’re guaranteed a top-drawer performance thanks to sharp graphics, smooth mobile game-play, and a betting range that suit all budgets. Another reason so many casino fans choose to play card games, and casino games from NetEnt on their mobile phones and tablets is because the playing options are easily accessible. For example, a simple tap of your tablet or smartphone’s screen allows you to toggle the sound on and off, read up on the game rules (handy if you’ve never played blackjack before), view the paytable, and alter the speed of the game from nice and slow to super-fast.
When you first load Blackjack Classic by NetEnt on your mobile, you’ll see that the layout is very similar to that of a land-based casino games table. In fact, the only thing missing is the physical dealer. Because you can play with up to three hands simultaneously on this blackjack game, you’ll find three white circles on the table, and a message asking you to, “Place your bets, please.” Now comes the fun part – the betting. Depending on how many credits you have in your account, you’ll be able to drag as many of the chips featured on the slider bar at the bottom of the screen as you wish onto any of the three circles. The chips sizes are as follows: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500, and the minimum bet size is £1 while the maximum is £500.
To place your chips on the circles, just drag them across your screen with your fingertips. If you make a mistake or change your mind, just tap the ‘undo’ or ‘delete’ buttons and start over. Once you’re happy with your bet/bets, tap the flashing ‘Deal’ icon. Two upturned playing cards are placed one, two, or all three of your betting circles, and one face-up and one facedown card in the dealer’s position.
The object of Blackjack Classic is to create a hand that’s equal to or nearer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand without going over (N.B., going over 21 is referred to as ‘going bust’). Number cards (those in the 2 to 10 range) count as face value while Aces can be counted as 1 or 11, and Jacks, Queens, and Kings all count as 10. If your hand’s closer to 21 than the dealer’s without going bust, you win. If the dealer’s hand’s closer to 21 without going bust, you lose. The dealer must ‘Stand’ on 17 or higher, and draw cards until their hand is worth at least 16. If both hands are equal, your bet is returned.
As with the majority of blackjack-themed card games, you’ll now need to decide which of the four options you wish to select: Double, Stand, Split or Hit based on what you think the dealer’s final hand might be.
The Split option only becomes available if the first two cards in any of your hands have the same face value, this allows you to split them into separate hands, which will be played one after the other and doubles the size of your bet.
Double gets you one extra card before your hand automatically stands. Stand means you don’t receive any more cards in the current round. Hit means you’ll be dealt another card. N.B., your hand automatically stands when it has a value of 21. You can see the pay-table by tapping the ‘I’ icon. The last option available to you when you play is Insurance. You can only buy insurance when the dealer’s first card is an Ace. Purchasing insurance costs you half the value of your original bet and pays you 2 to 1 if the dealer wins the round. If the dealer loses, you also lose your insurance bet.
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