If you have grasped the basics of blackjack and you think you are ready for a
game that will possibly blow your mind then you have to give multi hand
blackjack a try. This game is based on regular blackjack rules where the aim is
to get as close to 21 as possible without going bust (over 21). A winning hand
then depends on whether you got closer to 21 than the dealer. The other way you
can win is if the dealer happens to go bust.
The biggest difference between multi hand blackjack and regular blackjack is
that you play 5 hands at a time. If you are comfortable with the intricacies of
basic blackjack then this game has proven itself to be one of the most
entertaining and adrenalin-inducing of its kind.
You will be dealt two cards per hand (ten in total) and each hand is played
independently of the others. As in regular blackjack, you play against the
dealer and not against any of the other players at the table.
Due to the fact that there are so many hands in play at once, the game is
played with five full decks as opposed to just one or two.
Multi hand blackjack allows you bigger chances of winning, especially if the
dealer goes bust. However, if the dealer hits blackjack then you stand the
chance of losing all five hands. The aim of the game is to play it smart and
play each hand on its own merits, as individual hands.
How the game differs to regular blackjack:
- Multi hand blackjack is played with five full decks of cards
- The dealer has to stand on a soft 17
- You are not permitted to double up on any of your hands after splitting
- You are only permitted to double up on card totals of 9/10/11
- You are not permitted to re-split any of your cards - this would
otherwise become too confusing with 5 hands already in play
- Unlike other versions of blackjack, you may not surrender your cards
- If the dealer hits a blackjack, you will lose all your bets
There are few other games that offer so much entertainment as multi hand
blackjack. The game requires a sound knowledge of the game of blackjack as well
as the ability to think bigger - you are no longer playing just one hand, but
five. This gets even more confusing if you split any of your hands.