Rules for Party Black Jack


Divide your guests into groups of 6.  Appoint one person in each group to be the dealer, or ask for volunteers. Give each player 20 chips.  The winners are the guests (one at each table) who end up with the most chips.


At the beginning of each round, the players place their bets in the "betting box" and receive an initial hand of two cards – the first card face down and the second face up. The object of the game is to get a higher card total than the dealer, but without going over 21 which is called "busting"


The 2 through 9 cards count at face value; the 10, jack, queen, and king count as ten; an ace can count either 1 or 11.


The first player plays his hand, taking additional cards if desired. If he busts, he loses.  Each additional player then plays his/her hand, one at a time, all that go “bust” are eliminated.  Now the dealer plays his/her hand*. If the dealer busts, he/she loses to all remaining players. If neither busts, the higher hand total wins. In case of a tie, no one wins - the hand is a "push." It is possible for the dealer to lose to some players but still beat other players in the same round.


The highest possible hand is a "blackjack" or "natural," meaning an initial two-card total of 21 (an ace and a ten-value card). A player blackjack is an automatic winner unless the dealer also has blackjack, in which case the hand is a "push" (a tie).

The minimum and maximum bets are posted on the table. The payoff on most bets is 1:1, meaning that the player wins the same amount as he bets. The payoff for a player blackjack is 3:2, meaning that the casino pays 3 chips for each 2 originally bet.

*Dealer Rules: If the dealer has less than 17, he/she must hit. If the dealer has 17 or more, he/she must stand (take no more cards).