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All rights and trademarks reserved. Reproduction of ANY material is prohibited. Leather Sap, Small, 8 inches. Leather Sap, Large, 11 inches. Leather Blackjack, Hand Strap. Leather Blackjack, Wrist Strap. Sjambok, Black, 42 inches. Self Defense Sap Heart, Pink. When a player's turn comes, he can say "Hit" or can signal for a card by scratching the table with a finger or two in a motion toward himself, or he can wave his hand in the same motion that would say to someone "Come here!
If a player's first two cards are of the same denomination, such as two jacks or two sixes, he may choose to treat them as two separate hands when his turn comes around. The amount of his original bet then goes on one of the cards, and an equal amount must be placed as a bet on the other card. The player first plays the hand to his left by standing or hitting one or more times; only then is the hand to the right played. The two hands are thus treated separately, and the dealer settles with each on its own merits.
With a pair of aces, the player is given one card for each ace and may not draw again. Also, if a ten-card is dealt to one of these aces, the payoff is equal to the bet not one and one-half to one, as with a blackjack at any other time. Another option open to the player is doubling his bet when the original two cards dealt total 9, 10, or When the player's turn comes, he places a bet equal to the original bet, and the dealer gives him just one card, which is placed face down and is not turned up until the bets are settled at the end of the hand.
With two fives, the player may split a pair, double down, or just play the hand in the regular way. Note that the dealer does not have the option of splitting or doubling down. When the dealer's face-up card is an ace, any of the players may make a side bet of up to half the original bet that the dealer's face-down card is a ten-card, and thus a blackjack for the house.
Once all such side bets are placed, the dealer looks at his hole card. If it is a ten-card, it is turned up, and those players who have made the insurance bet win and are paid double the amount of their half-bet - a 2 to 1 payoff.
When a blackjack occurs for the dealer, of course, the hand is over, and the players' main bets are collected - unless a player also has blackjack, in which case it is a stand-off. Insurance is invariably not a good proposition for the player, unless he is quite sure that there are an unusually high number of ten-cards still left undealt. A bet once paid and collected is never returned. Thus, one key advantage to the dealer is that the player goes first.
If the player goes bust, he has already lost his wager, even if the dealer goes bust as well. If the dealer goes over 21, he pays each player who has stood the amount of that player's bet. If the dealer stands at 21 or less, he pays the bet of any player having a higher total not exceeding 21 and collects the bet of any player having a lower total.
If there is a stand-off a player having the same total as the dealer , no chips are paid out or collected. When each player's bet is settled, the dealer gathers in that player's cards and places them face up at the side against a clear plastic L-shaped shield. The dealer continues to deal from the shoe until he comes to the plastic insert card, which indicates that it is time to reshuffle. Once that round of play is over, the dealer shuffles all the cards, prepares them for the cut, places the cards in the shoe, and the game continues.
Winning tactics in Blackjack require that the player play each hand in the optimum way, and such strategy always takes into account what the dealer's upcard is.
When the dealer's upcard is a good one, a 7, 8, 9, card, or ace for example, the player should not stop drawing until a total of 17 or more is reached. When the dealer's upcard is a poor one, 4, 5, or 6, the player should stop drawing as soon as he gets a total of 12 or higher.
The strategy here is never to take a card if there is any chance of going bust. The desire with this poor holding is to let the dealer hit and hopefully go over Finally, when the dealer's up card is a fair one, 2 or 3, the player should stop with a total of 13 or higher.
With a soft hand, the general strategy is to keep hitting until a total of at least 18 is reached. Thus, with an ace and a six 7 or 17 , the player would not stop at 17, but would hit. The basic strategy for doubling down is as follows: With a total of 11, the player should always double down. With a total of 10, he should double down unless the dealer shows a ten-card or an ace. With a total of 9, he should double down only if the dealer's card is fair or poor 2 through 6.
For splitting, the player should always split a pair of aces or 8s; identical ten-cards should not be split, and neither should a pair of 5s, since two 5s are a total of 10, which can be used more effectively in doubling down.
A pair of 4s should not be split either, as a total of 8 is a good number to draw to. Generally, 2s, 3s, or 7s can be split unless the dealer has an 8, 9, ten-card, or ace. Finally, 6s should not be split unless the dealer's card is poor 2 through 6. I live in a senior living community. Bingo and card games are the most popular activities played here. Frequently arguments happen over the rules of card games. I am very happy that I found your website on-line. She held his attention until Blackjack walked up quietly behind Percy.
Piper used her charmspeak to tell Blackjack to knock him out, resulting in Blackjack hitting Percy in the back of his head with his hoof. He then carried the unconscious boys back to the ship and spent some time on the deck with Gleeson Hedge before flying off. Nico rode him to a ship docked off the shore at Long Island Sound where they settled to rest and plan their next move.
Blackjack watched the ensuing confrontation between the demigods and Octavian 's right-hand man, Michael Kahale and legionnaires loyal to Reyna, Dakota and Leila until they were rescued by Tyson and Ella. As the party separated, Reyna remained on the ship and collected her thoughts, regarding her family history until she was comforted by Blackjack, who reminded her of recently deceased pegasus, Scipio.
However, the tender moment was interrupted when Orion shot an arrow into his flank. The pegasus, alive, but weakened, struggled to maintain his breathing as Reyna, armed with the power of Bellona and Athena defeated the giant. After she returned the ship, Reyna immediately treated Blackjack's wounds, saving the horse's life. He stayed behind to heal as the rest of the pegasi and Reyna delivered the statue to the Greeks.
After the battle with Gaea , Nico mentioned that Blackjack was recovering from his arrow wound. Blackjack has a highly informal personality. Although he is willing to serve Percy , he calls Percy "boss" rather than "Lord," as well as once calling Dionysus "the wine dude", much to the latter's annoyance. Blackjack has two best friends, Guido and Porkpie, who are also pegasi. Blackjack is extremely loyal to Percy, and shows a personality as being able to be loyal to anyone who proves their worth.
He is seen as a friend for Percy when Annabeth is lost in The Titan's Curse , and is said to, "probably run himself into the ground before saying he's tired" when he's carrying Percy.
Despite his initial dislike of Nico due to him "smelling like dead people" , Blackjack eventually warms up to the son of Hades and has no qualms about having Nico ride him in The Blood of Olympus.