It's all about hitting 21 when you play Bond Street Blackjack.
Play with extra features like Bet Behind, where you can see the players on a hot streak, and you can then follow them in with their bets.
This game also features brilliant side bets in the form of Perfect Pairs and 21+3, so you have more ways to bet, and crucially more ways to win.
Pull up a chair.
The chip sizes available in Bond Street Blackjack range from £1 to £500.
How To Play
The aim of Bond Street Blackjack is to obtain a better total than the dealer, without the value of your cards going over 21.
The ultimate winning hand is Blackjack, and this will happen when your first two cards dealt total 21 precisely.
A maximum of seven players can play Bond Street Blackjack, in addition to the dealer who hosts the game.
It is played with eight standard 52-card decks.
The values of cards are stated below:
The dealer will deal each player one card when the betting time expires, and this will start from the left and move clockwise.
The dealer then deals everyone a second card face up, ending with himself - and the second card that belongs to the dealer will be dealt face down.
You will be able to see the value of your initial hand displayed alongside your cards.
Blackjack is the best possible hand, and this occurs when your initial two cards equal exactly 21.
An Insurance bet can only be bought if the dealer's up-card is an Ace.
It allows you to offset the risk of the dealer having Blackjack, even if you have Blackjack yourself.
If Blackjack is revealed by the dealer, insurance bets pay out 2:1; if the dealer reveals Blackjack and you haven't taken insurance, odds are paid out 3:2.
The dealer will have a look at their down-card to see if they have Blackjack:
- If they don't, the round continues
- If they do have Blackjack and you don't, the dealer wins
- If you and the dealer both have Blackjack, the game ends in a 'push' and you will be returned your stake
The cost of insurance is priced at half of your main bet stake, and these bets will be settled separately.
You have the option to Double Down on any two initial cards.
This enables you to double your stake, but after you do this you will only receive one extra card.
If you've split, then you cannot Double Down.
You will be dealt another card, and it is added to your current hand.
Until you exceed 21, you can continue to hit.
If you don't want any more cards, then you can stand and the dealer will go past you.
If your initial two cards have the same value, you can split them into two separate hands.
Each hand is a separate bet; and they have the same stake as your initial bet.
Each hand will then receive another card, and you can 'hit' on each hand unless you split an initial pair of Aces.
If you split on two Aces, only one more card will be dealt per hand.
You only have the option to split once per hand.
If the total sum of your hand is more than 21, you 'bust' and your bet is settled as a loser.
When all players have played their hand, the dealer's down-card will be revealed.
- Hit - if the value of their cards is 16 or less
- Stand - if they have a Soft 17 or higher
If your final hand is closer to 21 than the dealer's, or if the dealer 'busts', you win.
In the case of your cards having the same value as the dealer, the round ends in a 'push' and you have your stake returned.
Blackjack (Ace and 10) beats a hand of: 21 comprising of at least three; 21 resulting from a split pair.
There are two side bets available in Bond Street Blackjack: Perfect Pairs and 21+3.
Your main bet can be combined with side bets.
It's possible to win a side bet without winning your Blackjack bet.
This feature helps you win if your first two cards consist of any pair, i.e. two Queens, two Aces, two 3s etc.
Three types of pairs are available - each has a different payout (below).
Perfect Pairs Payouts:
If your initial two cards, plus the dealer's up-card, form any of the winning combinations below, your bet will be a winner.
A different payout relates to each winning combination.
The game round and all payouts for the round will be voided if malfunction occurs.
You can bet on another player's hand via this feature, so the outcome will be shared.
Payouts for Bet Behind wagers are identical to ordinary bets.
While betting is open, you are able to place a bet in any activated Bet Behind spot at another player's seat.
If you place a Bet Behind bet and the player at that seat decides not to participate in the round, you have your stake returned instantly.
The nickname displayed at each seat identifies the player who will make all decisions for that hand.
You are still able to place an insurance bet in the normal way if the dealer's up-card is an ace.
There is still an option to double your bet when the player you are betting behind opts to Double Down or Split.
You can't place a Bet Behind bet on your own hand.
You are able to stop other players from betting behind you if you wish.
The 'Hot Players' icon helps you determine which player is on the longest winning streak.
The number displayed within the gold medal will give you the number of consecutive rounds that player has won.
When a 'Hot Player' loses a round, the gold-medal icon disappears.
Return to Player (RTP)
The optimal theoretical payout percentage is:
Blackjack – 99.28%.
Perfect Pairs bet – 95.90%.
21+3 bet – 96.30%.of wins.
The expected return to player is the amount we pay out to players relative to the amount of wagering on the game.
For example, if we take £100 of wagers we will, on average, pay out £99.28 of wins, £95.90 on Perfect Pairs bets, and £96.30 on 21+3 bets.