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Blackjack is a multiple deck, casino rules blackjack game

Blackjack is a multiple deck, casino rules blackjack game. The object
of the game is to hold cards having a higher count than those of the dealer
without going over 21.

Blackjack Basics

* Blackjack Manual

* 2.1. Blackjack Terminology
* 2.2. Card Values
* 2.3. Dealer Rules

2.1. Blackjack Terminology

Here are a few important terms that are used in the game.


A hand whose first two cards total 21; an instant win worth 150% of your wager


When the value of a hand exceeds 21; a losing hand

Double down

To double the initial wager and receive exactly one more


To request another card to be added to the hand


A side wager of 50% of the original wager that the dealer
has a natural 21 (aka blackjack) that
is offered when the dealer's face up card is an ace. If the dealer has
a natural 21 then the player is paid double.


When the value of the player hand and the dealer hand are
equal, the original wager is returned to the player


When a hand starts with two cards of the same value (or rank)
it may be split to form two independent hands


To stop adding cards to a hand


To give up half your wager to not complete the hand

2.2. Card Values

In blackjack, each card is assigned a value.

An Ace can count as either 1 or 11.

The cards 2 through 9 are valued as indicated.

The 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued at 10.

The value of a hand is the sum of the values of each card in the hand.

2.3. Dealer Rules

The dealer must play his hand according to very specific rules. There
are two basic rule variations that determine what hand total the dealer
must draw to.

Dealer stands on all 17s

The dealer must continue to draw cards (hit) until the
hand total is at least 17.

Dealer hits soft 17

The dealer must continue to draw cards (hit) until the
hand total is at least 17, except when the dealer has a soft total of 17
he must take another card.
A soft total is one where an Ace card is counted as an 11.
Getting Started

* Blackjack Manual

* 3.1. To Start Blackjack
* 3.2. When You Start Blackjack
* 3.3. Blackjack Menus
* 3.4. Blackjack Playing Area

3.1. To Start Blackjack

You can start Blackjack in the following ways:

Applications menu

Games ▸ Blackjack.

Command line

To start Blackjack from a command line, type the following command,
then press Return:


3.2. When You Start Blackjack

When you start Blackjack, the following window is displayed.
Figure 1 Blackjack Start Up Window

The Blackjack window contains the following elements:


The menus on the menubar contain all of the commands you need to work with files in


The toolbar contains a subset of the commands that you can access from the menubar.


The statusbar displays information about current Blackjack
activity and contextual information about the menu items.

Playing area

The playing area contains the dealer position, player position, player wager stack,
and the player's chips.

3.3. Blackjack Menus

The menu bar, located above the game table,
contains the following menus:


This menu contains these items:


New game (Ctrl-N)

This clears the table and starts a new game.


Restart game

This clears the table and restarts the game.



This will give you the computer's best suggestion for your


Exit (Ctrl-Q)

This quits the game.


This menu contains these items:


Show tool bar

This toggle switches the tool bar on and off.



This opens the Preferences Dialog,
allowing you to configure the game.


This menu contains:



Opens your help browser and shows this manual.



Opens the About Dialog, showing
basic information about Blackjack such as its version
number and the names of its authors.

3.4. Blackjack Playing Area

The playing area (or table), located below the toolbar,
contains the following elements:

Dealer position

This is where the dealer hand will be placed. It is located at the
top of the playing area. On a clear table it will appear as a white
outlined region.

Player positions

This is where the player's hands will be placed. Initially,
there will be only one player position. More will be created if
the player splits a hand. On a clear table they will appear as white
outlines below the dealer position.

Player wager stack

The wager stack represents the initial wager on each hand. It consists
of a stack of chips located directly to the left of each player position.

Player chips

The player's chips represent an infinite stack of chips for
each of the chip values 100, 25, 5, and 1. These chips are used
to modify the wager.


* Blackjack Manual


Section 4.1 ― To Set the Wager


Section 4.2 ― To Deal a New Hand


Section 4.3 ― To Add a Card to a Hand (Hit)


Section 4.4 ― To Stop Taking Cards (Stand)


Section 4.5 ― To Double Down


Section 4.6 ― To Split Pairs


Section 4.7 ― To Surrender


Section 4.8 ― Get a hint


Section 4.9 ― Keyboard control

* 4.1. To Set the Wager
* 4.2. To Deal a New Hand
* 4.3. To Add a Card to a Hand (Hit)
* 4.4. To Stop Taking Cards (Stand)
* 4.5. To Double Down
* 4.6. To Split Pairs
* 4.7. To Surrender
* 4.8. Get a hint
* 4.9. Keyboard control

4.1. To Set the Wager

To increase the wager for the hand:


Double click on the player chip, located along the lower edge
of the playing area, that you wish to add to your wager.


Or, drag the desired chip onto your wager stack, located next to your hand.

4.2. To Deal a New Hand

A new hand can be dealt when the table is clear or when play has finished
on the current hands.

To deal a new hand on a clear table, click in the white outlines that
indicate the dealer or player positions.

To deal a new hand after play has finished on the current hands, click
once on any of the cards on the table.

4.3. To Add a Card to a Hand (Hit)

You may add cards to a hand until the hand total is 21 or over.

To add a card to a player's hand, click once on any card in the hand.

4.4. To Stop Taking Cards (Stand)

You may stop taking cards at any time after the first two cards have been dealt.

To stop adding cards to a hand, click once on any other hand. For example,
when there is only one player position (ie. you have not split a pair), click
on the dealer's hand to stand. When you have split a pair, you may stand on the
first player hand by clicking on the second player hand, or the dealer hand.

4.5. To Double Down

To double down, double click on any of the player chips after the first two
cards have been dealt.

4.6. To Split Pairs

To split a pair, drag the top card of the hand off the player
position and drop on any empty space on the table.

4.7. To Surrender

Not yet implemented.

4.8. Get a hint

At any time you may ask the game for a hint. To do this either click
on the Hint button on the toolbar,
or choose the
Game ▸ Hint menu item.

4.9. Keyboard control

Most of the operations in the game can be controlled from keyboard input.

Table 1 Control keys
Action Key
Deal new hand ENTER
Hit / Add card H
Stand / Finish hand S
Double down D
Split hand P
Surrender hand R

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