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Game Rules

Game Summary
Whether you love blackjack or you're a poker fanatic, Hold'em Blackjack is a thrilling new game that offers the best of both worlds. Hold'em Blackjack is the premier player-to-player blackjack game that combines the betting, bluffing, and bullying of Texas Hold'em with the familiar play of blackjack. You are sure to find the experience challenging, entertaining, and if you play your cards right, rewarding.

Sit Down
Up to 6 players seated around a table.

Value of the Cards
Cards 2 through 10 are worth their numerical value.
Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10.
Aces are worth 1 or 11 (to the player's advantage).
The value of a hand is the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand.

Hand Rankings
The best possible hand is a "7 Card Charlie" (7 cards without going over 21).
The next best hands are 21, 20, 19, etc.
If all hands are over 21 (busted) then the best hand is the one closest to 21.
All 21?s are equal in value (for example: the hand A,Q has the same value as 4,2,8,7).

Dealer Button
A round marker known as the dealer button sits in front of a designated player to determine the order of betting and position of the blinds in the hand.
The dealer button is moved from player to player one position clockwise between each hand.

Blinds and Antes
Blinds and Antes are forced bets that are posted before any cards are dealt.
The Small Blind is posted by the player to the immediate left of the dealer button and is usually equal to half the Big Blind.
The Big Blind is posted by the player left of the Small Blind and is equal to the size of the minimum bet.
Blinds are considered part of the player?s bet amount in the first round.
Antes are posted by all players and are usually equal to half the Small Blind amount. Antes go directly into the pot and unlike blinds they are not considered to be part of a player?s bet amount.
For example: in a tournament where the stakes are currently 100/200/200-1000 the Small Blind is 50, the Big Blind is 100, and the Ante is 25.

Bet amounts are limited by the game stakes. For example, in a game with stakes listed as 2/4/4-20, bets are 2 in the first round (fixed limit), 4 in the second round (fixed limit), and between 4 to 20 in the final round (spread limit).
There is a maximum of one bet and three raises in each round.

First Round
Each player is dealt one card face down followed by the first round of betting.
Action starts with the player to the left of the big blind and continues clockwise around the table. Players may bet, check, call, raise, or fold in turn until all bets are matched.
Betting is Fixed Limit. A bet/raise equals the Big Blind amount.

Second Round
Each remaining player is dealt a second card face up followed by the second round of betting.
Action starts with the player to the left of the dealer button and continues clockwise around the table.
Betting is Fixed Limit. A bet/raise equals 2x the Big Blind amount.

Final Round
Hand Completion
Remaining players complete their hands, in turn, going clockwise around the table. Each player may request additional cards (Hit) until they stop at the current hand total (Stand). Additional cards are dealt face down.
If a player exceeds 21 they can only Stand (but they are still in the game).
A player may draw to a maximum of 7 cards.

The final round of betting begins after all remaining players have completed their hands.
Action starts with the player to the left of the dealer button and continues clockwise around the table.
Betting is Spread Limit. A bet/raise must be between 2x and 10x the Big Blind amount.

The Showdown
Remaining players display their hands to determine who wins. Losing hands may be mucked without being shown.
The player with the best blackjack hand (according to the above hand rankings) wins the pot.
Ties split the pot.

Start Again
After a hand is completed and the pot has been won, the dealer button is moved one player clockwise and the next hand begins with players posting Blinds and antes.


Hold Em Blackjack is only currently available at the following selected sites: 


William Hill
  • online poker sites
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