Blackjack Rules

Blackjack Plus
January 14, 2016 – 10:49 pm
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Blackjack Plus is a blackjack variant I noticed at the Queenstown casino in New Zealand in December, 2014. It can also be found at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. It was asked about on my Wizard of Vegas forum as early as December 2011.

The game is based on blackjack with some nice rules thrown in. The best ones are:

  • Five-card Charlie (non-busted five-card hand automatically wins).
  • Blackjack and 21-point hand automatically wins.

The player pays for these rules mostly by pushing if the dealer otherwise has a 22. A blackjack also pays even money only.

New Zealand Rules

  1. Six 52-card decks.
  2. Dealer hits on soft 17.
  3. Player may double on any two-card hard total.
  4. Player may double after splitting.
  5. Player may not re-split.
  6. Split aces get one card only.
  7. Any non-busted five-card hand is an automatic winner (known as a five-card Charlie or five-card trick).
  8. Any 21-point hand is an automatic winner.
  9. Blackjacks are an automatic winner and pay even money.
  10. The dealer shall not take a hole card. The player shall be paid on a total of 21 or five-card hand automatically, even if the dealer has a potential blackjack.
  11. If the player is still standing with a non-blackjack and the dealer gets a blackjack, then the player shall lose an amount equal to his original wager, plus any wagers already lost due to splitting and busting (known as the OBBO rule, which stands for Original and Busted Bets Only).

Australian Rules

I have an unconfirmed report that the rules in Melbourne and Perth are quite a bit different, as follows. Changes compared to the New Zealand rules are in capital letters.

  • Game is played with six 52 card decks.
  • Dealer STANDS on soft 17.
  • Player may double on ANY two OR THREE card total LESS THAN 21.
  • Split aces get one card only, CANNOT RESPLIT ACES.
  • Any non-busted five-card hand is an automatic winner.
  • Blackjacks are an automatic winner and PAY 3 TO 2.
  • The dealer shall not take a hole card.
  • If dealer hand equals 22 the remaining player hands are a standoff. (21's and Blackjack's have already been paid)

Interesting facts

Ten and a half is a card game with rules very similar to blackjack. The game is popular in China and is usually used for gambling.
The rules are very similar to blackjack, with the following exceptions:

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Popular Q&A
Where can one find the official blackjack rules?

One can find official Blackjack rules on a number of webpages. Wikipedia, hit or stand, BlackjackInfo and Blackjack21 are few examples of online pages where one can find official Blackjack rules.

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