Blackjack – Basic Outline Rules / How to Play
The aim of Blackjack is to score closer to 21 that the dealer without going over (bust).
At Castle Casino we use six decks of cards, unless otherwise stated within the club. Each player is dealt two cards and the dealer is dealt one, all cards are dealt face up.
The dealer will then ask each player to decide if they would like more cards to improve their hand (draw), or to continue with their current hand (stand). Players may draw as many cards as they like providing they do not bust.
An ace will count as either on or eleven providing this would not cause the hand to bust and picture cards count as ten.
If the first to cards dealt to a player total 21, i.e. a ten card and an ace, this is called Blackjack.
If the dealer receives the same score as the player this will be considered a tie and the players bet will be returned.
Blackjack (a ten card and an ace) will beat a score of 21 that achieved by three cards or splitting a pair.
It is permissible for more than one player to play the same hand, however, the first player will make the decision to draw or stand.
The dealer must draw a card if their total is 16 or less, and must stand at a score of 17 or higher, providing they do not bust.
If a player chooses to double their bet once their initial two cards have been dealt they will only receive one more card (totalling three cards in their hand).
A player may double their bet and receive just one further card only (total of three cards) if they wish to do so.
When a players initial two cards are a pair of the same denomination, the player can choose to split them into two hands. Each hand must have the same bet placed against it (equivalent to the original bet), the hands will then be dealt with in turn.
A hand may be split numerous times if more cards of the same denomination are dealt to the same hands.
Split aces will only receive one further card dealt to them, and if a ten card is dealt the hand is not considered Blackjack.
Some Blackjack tables offer side bets, should this be the case you will find the information detailed at the table on our digital displays.
Some of our tables offer a progressive Jackpot, details of which can be found on the digital display at the table.
Castle Casino offers the most up to date electronic facilities to our clientele, with brand new machines for your playing pleasure.
Progressive Slot Machines
Castle Casino has a number of different Slot Machines, which all connect to the Joker’s Wild Progressive Jackpot, so you might be extra lucky!
We have 16 Touchbet Roulette Terminals, allowing players to connect to either one of two live games, or one of two autowheels.
The Basics of Roulette
- To play you must first buy your Roulette chips from the dealer. To do so simply ask for: “A colour please”. Roulette chips can only be used on the Roulette table from which you receive them.
- The dealer will give you chips that are a different colour to the other players. This makes it easy to identify your winning bets.
- Place your chips on whichever numbers you wish. If a section is taken by another player, simply place your chips on top of theirs.
- Betting on one number is called ‘straight up’. Placing your chips on two numbers is known as a ‘split’.
- The dealer will spin the wheel in one direction while spinning the ball in the other. You can continue to place bets until the dealer calls “no more bets”.
- If the ball stops on your number you will be paid out. Winning is that easy!
- On a wheel with a double zero, if the ball lands in 0 or 00 all even chance bets lose. On a single zero wheel even chance bets lose half if zero is the winning number.
What You Win When You Spin
Stakes and Odds
- 1 number (straight-up) – 35-1
- 2 numbers (split) – 17-1
- 3 numbers (street) – 11-1
- 4 numbers (corner) – 8-1
- 6 numbers (six-line) – 5-1
- 1 dozen 1st 1-12, 2nd 13-24, 3rd 25-36 – 2-1
- 12 numbers (column) – 2-1
- Even-odd-red-black 1-18, 19-36 – 1-1
All stakes paid the above odds plus the original stake.
Two Games In One
Poker might require a cool, calm exterior, but history actually tells us that the classic card game doesn’t like to sit still.
As slippery as some of its greatest sharks, today Poker is played in a number of different ways. This game of chance is easy to learn and you’ll soon discover it’s fun to play!
Three Card Poker actually consists of two separate games, Pair Plus and Ante and Play. You can choose to be part of either or both.
If after reading this page you have any further questions regarding the rules, please ask our friendly staff – good luck!
Fast and Fun
When playing you can:
- Bet against the dealer (an Ante and Play wager)
- Bet only on the value of your own hand (a Pair Plus wager)
- Bet against both the dealer and on the value of your hand
*Juicy bonus payouts can be won for certain hands!*
Many beginners like Three Card Poker because you can compete against the Dealer, unlike Poker, where you must try to outwit your fellow players. And many gamblers see it as better than Caribbean Stud Poker because it pays on strong hands even if the dealer doesn’t qualify.
Three Card Poker Hand Rankings
Because you only receive three cards, the hand rankings differ from traditional Poker hands. This is because of the different mathematical probabilities of making certain hands.
When playing an Ante bet against the Dealer you will be competing for the best-possible hand.
These are the hands you want (ranked highest to lowest):
Straight Flush: Three Cards of the same suit in a sequence. For example 2-3-4 of hearts.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of equal rank. For example 7-7-7.
Straight: Three cards in sequence of mixed suits.
Flush: Three cards of the same suit.
Pair: Two cards of equal rank.
If a hand doesn’t have a pair, the hand with the highest card(s) wins. Aces are high except when used in a 3-2-A straight.
Three Card Poker offers you the chance to win a big bonus pay out just for having certain cards in your hand.
When playing Pair Plus you win with the following hands:
- Pair: 1-1
- Flush: 4-1
- Straight: 6-1
- Three of a Kind: 33-1
- Straight Flush: 35-1
When making an Ante bet you are also in the running for a bonus pay win. You are paid a bonus for a Straight (1-1), Three of a Kind (4-1) and a Straight Flush (5-1) – whether you beat the dealer or not!
Basics of Three Card Poker
To play, you begin by choosing how you want to bet. In front of each player are three betting circles.
- If you want to bet that your hand will have at least a pair or higher, place your chips in the Pair Plus circle.
- If you want to wager that your hand will be higher than the Dealer’s hand, place your chips in the Ante circle.
Each player and the Dealer are then dealt three cards.
Pair Plus players now check their hand to see if you win. With the right cards you could collect a 35-1 bonus!
If you are wagering on the Ante, you would now look at your cards and decide if you will fold or play.
If you decide that you have a weak hand, you can fold. This means you lose your Ante bet.
If you are happy with your hand and you would like to continue, you must make an additional bet in the play circle equal to your Ante bet.
When all players have made their decisions, the Dealer turns over his cards. The Dealer needs to ‘qualify’ with a hand of Queen or higher for play to continue.
If the Dealer’s hand does not have a Queen or higher all players still in the hand are paid even money (1-1) for their Ante wager. Your bet on the play will be returned to you.
If the Dealer’s hand does qualify then their hand is compared to your hand. If your hand beats the Dealer’s you are paid out even money (1-1) for Ante and play bets. If the Dealer’s hand beats your hand you lose both bets.
A bonus is paid out on your Ante bet if your hand contains a Straight, Three of a Kind or Straight Flush. Be prepared to win big!
The Beginning of the Game
In Texas HoldEm poker, every player is dealt two cards face down and these are called your ‘hole cards’. After been dealt your first two cards, there is then a round of betting where you can Check, Bet or Fold. This stage of the game is known as pre-flop and what you should do is dependent on those hole cards, or starting hand.
After all the betting has finished, three shared cards are dealt (face up) in the middle of the table. This is called the flop.
The Middle of the Game
Another round of betting takes place and then a fourth shared card (called the turn) is dealt.
There is another round of betting and then a final shared card (called the river) is dealt and a final round of betting takes place.
Your best Texas Hold’Em hands will be made by using your hole cards and the five cards in the middle to make the best possible five card poker hand.
So, for example, if you have 9-9 and the shared cards are 9-9-A-5-2 you have four-of-a-kind. If the shared cards were J-Q-K-7-2 you would only have two nines.
Sometimes the best Texas Hold’Em hand is made by the five shared cards on their own. If they were 10-10-10-10-A and you had 9-9 your hole cards would not play as there is a four-of-a-kind of higher value already showing.
The End of the Game
A hand can end in two ways:
- When the players in a hand turn over their hole cards and the player with the best hand wins. This is known as a showdown.
- Someone will bet enough that everyone else folds. This is how most hands end in Texas Hold’Em – you don’t always need the best hand to win!