Classic Blackjack at PokerStars Casino

Widely regarded as the most popular form of Blackjack in the world, Classic Blackjack is just one of a number of Blackjack variations available at PokerStars Casino. Join the action on Single Player and Multi-Player tables now!

Game Rules

In Classic Blackjack eight 52-card decks are used. The decks are shuffled together before every hand is dealt, and the dealer does not receive a hole card. Dealers must hit on all totals of 16 or under as well as on soft 17 (a hand containing an ace that totals either seven or 17), and should you hit Blackjack you will be paid at 3:2 odds.

If the player’s hand loses to Blackjack, then only the mandatory initial bet is forfeited and all other optional bets that have not bust (splits and doubles) will be pushed and returned.

Player Betting Options

The minimum bet in Classic Blackjack is $0.10, but more betting options become available as hands progress. Players can double down on any two-card hand, meaning you can double your initial bet, so long as you are committed to ‘standing’ after being dealt one additional card.

Player can also split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. So if you are dealt nine-nine, king-queen, seven-seven or jack-ten you can create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount. Here are some additional rules on splitting:

  • Players can split three times for a total of four hands, except when dealt a pair of aces
  • Aces may be split only once, after which players will receive only one card for each split hand
  • Players can double down on any hand, including after a non-ace split

Insurance and Surrender

When playing at Classic Blackjack tables, players cannot ‘surrender’. However, if you think the dealer is about to hit Blackjack, you can also buy ‘insurance’. This means should the dealer hit Blackjack, you’ll be paid 2:1 on your insurance bet.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Classic Blackjack is 99.41%. For more on how to play the game, visit our Blackjack Rules page.

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