In the article below, we will break down how to play six-deck blackjack and win. In this game, Player competes against casino represented by Dealer. The objective is to draw cards totaling 21 or as close to 21 as possible.
As you can see from its name, the game is played with six decks. Each standard deck with no jokers contains 52 cards. Six-deck blackjack totals 321 cards. Dealer shuffles the deck and puts it into a shoe.
Six-deck blackjack uses standard card values. Ace is counted as either 1 point or 11 points. If Ace has a value of 11, you have a soft blackjack hand. If Ace is counted as 1 point, you have a hard blackjack hand. Cards 2 through 10 are counted as their face values. Jack, Queen, and King are each worth 10 points.
Player places a bet in one box or more. In six-deck blackjack, you can bet in up to 5 boxes. Bets vary from 1 to 200 chips. Enough theory, let’s get down to business.
Dealer and Player are dealt two cards each. One of Dealer’s cards is open. To score a blackjack, you need to have two cards totaling 21. If Dealer’s faceup card is an Ace, you can get an insurance against Dealer having a blackjack. Insurance is half of your original bet. If Dealer scores a blackjack (21 points), you come out even as your insurance pays 2:1. If Player has a blackjack, they enjoy a 3:2 payoff.
If you have a lousy hand, you can surrender and get half of your bet back. However, if you took additional cards or Dealer’s faceup card is an Ace, Surrender option is unavailable.
You can double your bet in the box you’re currently playing in. You receive another card and move to the next box. To double your bet, you need to have two cards, tops. If your hand includes an Ace, you cannot use Double option.
If you received 2 same-value cards, you can choose to split them into two separate hands. Furthermore, you need to make a second bet equal to your initial bet. Note that you can’t use some options when playing two hands. For example, you are not allowed to surrender. You can split your two hands further but no more than 4 hands per box.
When you are playing several hands, 21 stops to be a blackjack. If one of your hands busts, you lose and your bet goes to the casino. You can continue playing your other hands.
If Dealer has less than 17 points, they must take two cards. If Dealer goes over (busts), you are paid 1:1. If Player’s hand is higher than Dealer’s one, payouts are the same (1 to 1).
If Dealer and Player have a tie, you get your original bet back. However, if Player has less points than Dealer, the casino wins and takes Player’s bet.