Madison Avenue Blackjack

Madison Avenue Blackjack

Take on the dealer in a race to 21 in Madison Avenue Blackjack.

This game contains extra features such as the with the Bet Behind option, which displays the players on a hot streak, and you can follow their bets.

You can also use the side bets in this game, Perfect Pairs and 21+3, to have more ways to bet and more ways to win.

Take a seat at the table.


    Madison Avenue Blackjack Game Overview

    The chip sizes available in Madison Avenue range from £1 to £500.


    How To Play

    In Madison Avenue Blackjack, your objective is to beat the dealer's hand with your cards without totalling over 21.

    The best possible hand is Blackjack - this happens when the first two cards dealt equal 21 precisely. 


    Game Rules

    No more than seven players can play Madison Avenue Blackjack, in addition to the dealer hosting the game.

    Eight standard 52-card decks are used in this game, and the values of the cards are as follows:

    • Cards from 2 to 10 - worth their face value
    • Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) - worth 10 each 
    • Aces - worth one or 11, depending on which would benefit your hand better (N.B. a hand that contains an Ace counted as 11 is called a Soft Hand)

    As soon as betting time has closed, each player will be dealt a single face up card by the dealer, and they will begin from their left and go round clockwise. 

    After this, all players will receive a second face up card, but the dealer's next card will be face down.

    Next to your cards, you will be able to view what your hand is valued at.


    Blackjack

    Blackjack is the strongest possible hand in the game, and this occurs when your first two cards total exactly 21.


    Insurance

    Insurance can only be purchased if the dealer's up-card is an Ace, and even in the event that you have Blackjack, it can offset the risk of the dealer possessing the same hand.

    If Blackjack is revealed by the dealer any bets on insurance pay out at 2:1; if the dealer reveals Blackjack and you decided not to buy insurance, odds are paid out 3:2.

    The dealer will check their down-card to see if they have Blackjack:

    - If they don't, the round will carry on

    - If they do have Blackjack and you don't, your bet will lose and the dealer wins

    - If you and the dealer both have Blackjack, the game ends in a 'push', and you will be returned your stake.

    Insurance is priced at half of your original stake.

    Insurance bets are settled separately.


    Double Down

    You have the option to double down on any two initial cards, meaning you can double your stake, but after you do this you will receive just one more card.

    If you have split your cards, you will not be able to double down.


    Hit 

    When you 'hit', the dealer will deal you an extra card, and it is added to the total of your existing hand.

    You can continue to hit until your hand totals more than 21.


    Stand

    This option lets the dealer know you don't want to receive any further cards.


    Split

    If your initial two cards are of equal value, you can split them and form two different hands. 

    Each hand is a separate bet, with an identical wager to your initial stake.

    For each hand, you will receive a second card, and you can 'hit' on each of them unless you split an initial pair of Aces.

    If you split on two Aces, you can only receive one more card per hand.

    You cannot split any hand more than once.


    Outcome

    You 'bust' and lose your bet if your hand exceeds a total of 21. 

    When all players have played their hand, the dealer will reveal their down-card. 

    They must:

    - Hit - if the value of their cards is less than 16

    - Stand - if they have a Soft 17 or higher 

    You will be a winner if your final hand is closer to 21 than the dealer's, or if the dealer 'busts'. 

    Should your cards equal the same as the dealer's it is determined a 'push' and your bet will be returned. 

    Blackjack (Ace and 10) beats a hand of: 21 consisting of three or more cards; 21 formed as a result of a split pair.


    Side Bets

    In Madison Avenue Blackjack, you can choose to play two side bets: Perfect Pairs and 21+3.

    These side bets can be combined with your main bet.

    Even if your Blackjack bet loses, you can still win a side bet.


    Perfect Pairs

    This side bet can be won if your first two cards contain any pair, i.e. two Queens, two Aces, two threes etc. 

    Three types of pairs are available, all with a different payout, which are detailed below:

    • Mixed Pair – different suits, e.g. a 10 of Hearts and a 10 of Clubs
    • Coloured Pair – different suits of the same colour, e.g. a two of Diamonds and a two of Hearts
    • Perfect Pair – same suit, e.g. two Aces of Spades


    Perfect Pairs Payouts:

    • Mixed Pair 6:1
    • Coloured Pair 12:1
    • Pefect Pair 25:1


    21+3

    This helps you win if your initial two cards, plus the dealer's up-card, form any of the winning combinations below.

    • Flush – any cards of the same suit, e.g. a two, six and 10 of Clubs
    • Straight – cards of different suits in numerical sequence, e.g. a two of Spades, three of Clubs and four of Hearts
    • Three of a Kind – cards are of same value but different suits, e.g. three Kings
    • Straight Flush – cards of the same suit are in numerical sequence, e.g. a 10, Jack and Queen of Diamonds
    • Suited Trips – an identical triplet, e.g. three Queen of Hearts

    Each winning combination results in a different payout.


    21+3 Payouts

    • Flush 5:1
    • Straight 10:1
    • Three of a Kind 30:1
    • Straight Flush 40:1
    • Suited Trips 100:1

    Any malfunctions void the game round, as well as all payouts for the round.


    Bet Behind

    With this feature, you can place a bet on another player's hand, meaning you'll share the outcome of that player's hand. 

    If you use the bet behind feature to bet, the payouts are exactly the same as ordinary bets.

    You can place a bet in any activated bet behind spot at another player's seat while betting is open. 

    If you place a bet behind bet and the player at that seat elects not to take part in the round, you will have your bet refunded instantly.

    The player who will make all decisions for that hand can be identified by the nickname displayed at each seat.

    Insurance bets can still be placed when the dealer's up-card is an ace. 

    You can also choose to double your bet when the player you are betting behind opts to Double Down or Split. 

    It is not possible to wager a bet behind bet on your own hand, although you can stop other players from betting behind you.


    Hot Player

    The 'Hot Players' icon shows you which player at the table has the greatest winning streak.

    The gold medal you can see will show a number that refers to the number of consecutive rounds that player has won. 

    When a 'Hot Player' loses a round, the gold-medal icon is removed.


    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.