If you’re looking for even more excitement in your life, come play Half Double Blackjack at our Online Casino Canada. This variation is for those players who are comfortable with their regular card game and are ready for more of a challenge.
All the same rules apply so if you know how to play you’ll be well on your way to a successful Half Double Blackjack round. Your goal will be to beat the dealer and to do this you’ll need to get closer to 21 than the dealer. If you go over 21, you’ll go bust, which means that you’ve lost the hand. The cards are the same point values as always – Aces are 11 or 1, Faces (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are valued at 10, and numbered cards have their face-value as their points.
The other nuances of the game remain the same regarding splitting, doubling, and even Ten-Card Charlie applies here. So what makes this version so special?
Usually what would happen in a standard hand is that the dealer would automatically check his face-down card (the hole card) if his face-up card is an Ace or a 10-point card. If his face-up card is an Ace, he would generally offer insurance before he sneaks a peek at his hole card. If it does turn out that the dealer has online Blackjack, he will flip over the hole card and the hand will be over. If you took out insurance you’d be paid out accordingly.
In Half Double Blackjack this step is left out. Even if the dealer has an Ace or a 10-point card, he won’t check for Blackjack and the hand continues as normal. You would double your bet and hit for more cards if your hand needs more points.
So what happens if the dealer actually does hold Blackjack in his hand? Doesn’t seem fair for the player to then lose the doubled bet, does it? Let me let you in on a little secret…you wouldn’t! That’s what gives this version its interesting name. If you multiplied your bet by two and it turned out that the dealer had Blackjack, you would only lose half your bet, and not the full amount.
This is one of the most popular online casino games amongst Canadian players and all over the world. When you sign up to our online casino you’ll get to experience double the fun and double the action playing Half Double Blackjack.