Huh? Half Double Blackjack?! Sounds a little quizzical doesn’t it? Half double?! But actually it’s really simple and not at all confusing, so let me explain this variation of the standard Blackjack card game in a brief yet clear and easy-to-understand way.
But first, let’s have a brief recap on the standard Blackjack rules and then we’ll tackle the minor changes that have been introduced to create the Half Double Blackjack online card game.
In the standard version, the dealer deals you two cards face up. With the aim of beating the dealer by getting your hand as close to 21 as possible (or even better yet actually achieving a total card value of 21) you can then choose to hit (be dealt another card), which you can do as many times as you like until you either feel like you have a winning hand or until you go bust. Alternatively you can choose to stand which means to not draw any more cards.
Some other options are to split your two cards and separate them, effectively creating two hands at the same time in the hopes of winning both hands, and double down which means to double your starting bet whilst being limited to receiving only one final card from the dealer. There are other playing options too but these are the main ones.
Usually if the dealer has an Ace or a 10-point card as his first card, he’ll take a peek at his hole card to see if he sums to 21. If so, it’s a Blackjack. If not, the game continues. Insurance is offered if the dealer has an Ace as his first card in the traditional version. This step is where Half Double Blackjack deviates from the norm.
The standard version has been around for a couple of centuries and first came about in France in the 17th Century, where it was known as ‘21’ for obvious reasons. The game found its way to America, where it became very popular in the casinos. A bonus game was added to spice things up a little whereby players with an Ace of Spades and any Black Jack in their hands would win a special payout. Even though this bonus no longer exists, the name Blackjack stayed.
In this version of the card game the objective stays the same. The dealer still deals himself one card face up and one card face down. Only after all the players have played their hands, the dealer then turns over his face-down card (card in the hole). Should he happen to have Blackjack then (surprise surprise!) you don’t lose your entire bet, only half of it.
This variation is popular at Online Casino South Africa because it packs some extra punch to the standard game. Before you start playing for real, it’s a good idea to come up with a solid strategy and practice it in free mode, so that you’re on top of your online casino game when playing for real money.