Deal or No Deal Blackjack is a standard casino version of blackjack with an additional element of Deal or No Deal. The Deal or No Deal aspect is no more than a cash offer, so unfortunately there is no bonus game with 22 boxes, however there is continuous Bankers Offer with every hand dealt which in effect is an insurance against each hand.
Stakes are as low as £1 per hand, up to £1000, with the aim of beating the dealer to as close to 21 as possible without going over.
The game is played with five decks of cards, each dealt randomly in turn to the player and dealer.
Once you are happy with your stakes and have pressed ‘deal’, two cards will be dealt face up to the player for each active hand, with one dealer card face up and the other face down. The way you play your cards can then be influenced by the card you see the dealer has.
The game is played from right the left, with the dealer always playing their hand the last. You can choose to hit, stand, split if two cards are matching, insurance if the dealer has an ace showing, and double down. You may also split, then double down if the cards are matching.
With each hand the Banker will make an offer, this offer is calculated by the dealers face card and your two cards. If you choose to deal, the hand is folded and the offer paid. If you choose to no deal, the game will continue as a normal game of blackjack. The Bankers Offer acts as an insurance for your hand, so should the dealers face up card be a queen, and your two cards equaling 14, you may wish to take the Bankers Offer to back out of a potential losing hand with some of your stake returned.
The usual rules of blackjack apply to the rest of the game, with the dealer standing on 17 or above, and dealing on 16 and below or soft 17. You may hit (take a card) or stand (no more cards) on any number you so wish, so although not a good idea, you could hit on 19 or 20. You can not take any cards on 21.
Blackjack pays 3:2, with the stake returned should the dealer also have blackjack. If the dealers face card (the card you see) is an ace, you will be offered the chance to accept insurance, this pays 2:1 and covers your hand should the dealer have blackjack or achieve 21.
Like other forms of blackjack, you should pay attention to not only your cards, but also what the dealer is showing. At its very basic, blackjack strategy suggests hitting (taking a card) on 16 and below if the dealers card is an 8, 9, 10, face card or ace. You should stick on 13 and above if the dealers face card is a 3 through 6, as you are then forcing the dealer to take another card.
Despite what it may seem, 12 is a very good hand for both the dealer and player, so bare that in mind before you stick or hit.
You can play Deal or No Deal Blackjack online for free to better acquaint yourself to the game and how the Bankers Offer works.
With low stakes of £1, it is also a cheap game to learn or have fun with and is definitely worth a look.
Deal or No Deal Blackjack is currently exclusive to William Hill Casino.