| The rules below are associated
with the William
Hill Online Casino.
William Hill Casino Blackjack is programmed with
Atlantic City blackjack rules with exceptions
as noted in the Rule Authority section below.
AIM OF THE GAME
In Blackjack, you and the dealer (the computer)
are dealt two cards to start. The objective of
Blackjack is to accumulate cards that add up closer
to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over
21. Cards are worth their face value with the
exception of Kings, Queens, and Jacks which are
each worth 10 and Aces which are worth either
1 or 11. If the value of your hand is closer to
21 than that of the dealer you win. If the value
of the dealer's hand is higher than yours you
lose. If the hands are of equal value the deal
is a push and your money is returned. If you have
a total of 22 or higher (a busted hand), you lose
regardless of whether the dealer also busts.
SUMMARY OF RULES
8 52-card decks are used.
The deck is re-shuffled after each hand.
Dealer stands on all soft 17's.
Doubling after splitting allowed.
No re-splitting of cards allowed.
Only one additional card allowed on each ace when
splitting a pair of aces.
HOW TO PLAY
William Hill Casino Blackjack is played with eight
fifty-two card decks. After each game has been
played, the used cards are shuffled back into
the deck. All face cards are valued at ten and
the cards from 2-10 are valued as indicated. Aces
can be valued at either one or eleven; if counting
the ace as eleven would put the hand over twenty-one,
the ace is automatically counted as one instead.
You do not need to specify which value the Ace
has as it's always assumed to have the value that
makes the best hand. The value of a hand is the
sum of the values of the individual cards. For
example, a hand containing a Jack, 3, and 4 has
a value of 17.
Your chips are stacked by denomination (£1,
£5, £25, £100, £500) at
the bottom of the screen. Select the amount you
would like to wager on a given hand by clicking
the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination.
The amount wagered per hand may be increased or
decreased by placing the mouse on the stack that
you wish to add or subtract to your bet. Each
time you click the left mouse button you will
add a chip from that pile to your planned wager
amount. Likewise by clicking on the right mouse
button you can decrease your planned wager amount.
You may repeat your last bet by simply hitting
the "0" button of your numeric keyboard.
Other keyboard shortcuts are summarised below.
You begin a hand of blackjack by placing a bet
on the table as described above. You will then
receive two cards face up. The dealer will receive
one card face up and one face down. Once you have
been dealt your two cards (and based on the nature
of these cards) you can do the following by clicking
with the left mouse button on the appropriate
Requests another card. You can request a hit as
many times as you like, but if your total goes
over twenty-one, you will Bust and lose the hand.
Requests that you receive no more cards. The hand
as it currently stands will be judged against
If you have two cards of the same denomination,
a Split button will appear. You can split your
cards into two hands and play each hand separately.
Your original bet will be duplicated for the new
hand, and each hand will be played out as usual.
A pointing finger will appear over each hand indicating
which hand is active. The split option can only
be used once per hand -- you cannot split part
of a split hand.
If you select this option, two things will happen:
you will get exactly one more card, your turn
will end, and your bet will be doubled.
After each player has pressed either the Deal
or Pass button, the Player and Banker are dealt
two cards. All tens and picture cards are worth
zero, aces are worth 1, and all other cards are
worth their face value. If the value of cards
exceeds 9, then the value is adjusted by subtracting
10 from the total.
Whenever the dealer's up-card is an ace, the player
has an option of taking insurance. The player
may opt to take insurance by clicking on the "Insurance
" button. If you do not wish to take insurance,
you may simply click on one of the other buttons
(hit, double down, stand, etc.) to proceed with
the rest of the hand. If the player believes that
the dealer's down-card is a 10 ranking card, then
the player is permitted to place a side bet of
half the original wager as insurance. If the dealer
does have a 10 ranking card, the player is immediately
paid 2-to-1 on the insurance bet, but the original
wager is lost unless the player too has a blackjack
and pushes with the dealer. Here the player is
simply betting that the dealer's unseen card is
a 10 valued card.
Winning Hand 1 to 1
Blackjack 3 to 2
Insurance 2 to 1
£1 minimum bet.
£1500 maximum bet.