There are two ways in which blackjack games might distinguish themselves from the competition. The first is through experimenting with the rules to discover a combination of cards that players have never seen before. This may range from modifying the number of decks or the rules for doubling down to introducing drastic alterations that result in variations such as Super Fun 21 and Pontoon.
The option is to include side bets that offer your game a unique character. This has been the approach of NYX Gaming, which has developed a variety of blackjack variants that employ the same rules as the original game. However, each has a distinctive side bet that gives each offering a distinct taste. One example is Suit ’em Up Blackjack, which provides a simple but beautiful option for players to earn more money: just match the suit of your two beginning cards, and you’ll get additional cash before the hand even begins.
Ways to Play
As previously stated, many of NYX Gaming’s blackjack games seem to have a basic set of rules, and this game is no different. In light of this, let’s review the rules and basic game flow, which will enable you to play a variety of this developer’s games.
In this variant, conventional playing cards will be dealt from a shoe containing six complete decks. Each round begins with the player placing a wager; in this game, you may play up to three hands simultaneously, each with its own wager. There is also the possibility to play a side bet, which we will discuss later.
At the beginning of each round, two cards will be handed to each hand. The players will get two face-up cards, while the dealer will receive one face-up and one face-down card (known as the hole card). The objective of the game is to achieve a better hand than the dealer. The highest possible score is 21, and hands are scored according to how near they are to 21 without exceeding. Every card contributes to your score: numbered cards are for their printed value, face cards are worth ten, and aces may count as either 11 or 1 depending on the strength of the player’s hand.
Blackjack is the finest possible beginning hand, consisting of an ace and a ten-point card. This hand never loses, and can only be pushed with by a dealer blackjack. If the dealer does not have a blackjack, a player blackjack pays 3-2.
Whether the dealer begins with a ten or an ace showing, they will examine their hole card to see if they have a natural 21. When an ace is dealt, the dealer will also provide insurance. This alternative betting costs half of your first hand stake and pays off at odds of 2-1 if the dealer has a blackjack. In other words, it safeguards your position should this occur, since you would break even owing to insurance.
If the dealer has a blackjack, the hand ends immediately and all player hands (with the exception of blackjacks) lose. In all other situations, players may now choose to play out their hands. There are a variety of options that players may make at different stages of the game, some of which are always accessible and others of which are only available at the beginning of the hand. Here’s a summary of the options available to you:
At any moment, you may draw another card and add its value to your hand total.
You may opt to stand at any point, which means you will maintain your current hand for the remainder of the game.
This choice is only accessible on your first two-card hand, and in this version of the game, you may only choose it if your original two-card hand’s value is 9, 10, or 11. If you opt to double down, you must place a second wager equal to the sum of your previous stake, and you will get one more card. Your hand will then automatically stand, with no other actions possible.
If you have two cards of the same rank, you may divide them into two different hands, each of which will be played for a full wager. After receiving a second card, you may play your hands as usual. Only one split is permitted each hand. Note that a 21 that arises from splitting aces is not called a blackjack.
You may continue to play every hand in this fashion until either you stand or your hand reaches a total of 22 or more. If the latter occurs, your hand “busts,” and any bets placed on it are instantly lost.