The fact that Blackjack is such an easy game to learn, coupled with the fact that most rounds last just a few seconds, you can see why this is such a popular card game. In fact, this is quite possibly the most popular of all card games in the world, apart from perhaps poker. You can learn this game in the practice mode before playing in the real money mode, but it’s so easy that you could probably launch it straight away in the real money mode.

You can either play one hand at a time (known as single hand blackjack), up to usually no more than five hands at a time (known as multihand blackjack). Once you have paid for a hand and then hit deal, you will be dealt two cards. The value of these cards is calculated as follows: The Royal cards (Jack, Queen and King) equal 10 points, the Ace is equal to 1 or 11 points and the rest of the cards are all worth their face value in points.

The main aim is to try and reach closer to 21 points than the dealer. Other players are not involved in your hand. You only play against the dealer. If you have been dealt a 9 and a queen, the total value of your initial hand would be 19 points, which is a pretty good start. You then have several different options. You can hit (take one more card) or you can Stand (keep the hand that you have and take NO more cards).

It would be silly to take another card with 19 points, so you would stand. The dealer generally has to hit on 16 and stand on all 17s. Therefore the only way the dealer could beat you is if he were to end up with 20 or 21 points. If he also ends up on 19 points, the game would end in a tie and you would receive your stake back. If you win, you would receive double your stake.

Therefore, if you bet NZ$10 (and win) you would receive a total of NZ$20. A natural blackjack would pay more and this only happens when you are dealt for example an Ace and a Jack (Ace/11 + Jack/10 = 21) and only if you beat the dealer. If this happens on a NZ$10 bet, you would win NZ$25.00.