If a player gets a blackjack then they get paid 3:2 or 1 ½ times their bet. As soon as the bet has been paid, the cards
should be put in the discard rack. When it comes to paying a blackjack the 3:2 payoff is easier than it looks, you just
pay the entire bet plus half. Just in case, I provided a chart with bets and their blackjack payoffs.
There are two ways to pay a blackjack, the first and most popular way is to bridge the payoff.
The second way is to place the payoff next to the original bet and then place the bonus amount next to the payoff. Remember
to never alter or convert any part of the original bet. If there is a tip for the dealer, then that gets paid 3 to 2 as well.
When you show an ace up card, you will turn the card sideways and offer “Insurance” while running your hand over the full length
of the insurance line. Wait 5 seconds to give the players time to decide but don’t take too long because you need to keep the
game moving. The players must place their insurance wagers on the Insurance line for it to be a valid bet. As the dealer you must
check to see if the player is over the maximum amount which is ½ of the original bet. When everyone has decided, run your hand
back across the insurance line while saying, “Insurance is closed”. Why does the dealer need to say, “Insurance is closed”?
Because saying this protects you from a player who put money on the insurance line after you’ve flip the hole card and then
claiming it as a legitimate bet.
If a player has a blackjack and they insist on taking insurance, explain to them that taking “Even money” is exactly the same thing.
If you have an ace up card and the player has a blackjack then ask the player if they want “Even Money”. If the player says yes, then
before looking at your hole card, pay 1:1 on the player’s original bet. Take the cards and place them into the discard rack and then
check the hole card. The total amount of the insurance bet can be combined and placed on the insurance line in the middle.
You only have one cut card that must be placed on the bottom of the deck, so how do you know when to shuffle? You don’t want to be all
out of cards in the middle of a hand, you could get written up for that. Because of this you are given a formula for when to shuffle. You
are only allowed to deal a certain number of hands based on the number of players. If you have 1 player at your table then you deal him 5
hands before you have to shuffle. If you have 2 players then you deal them 4 hands. If you have 3 players then you deal them 3 hands. And,
if you have 4 or more players at your table then you deal them 2 hands before shuffling.
On single deck, blackjack only pays 6 to 5, not 3
to 2. So for every $5 bet you pay $6. The dealer’s tip would also get paid 6 to 5. If the player has an uneven bet that is not divisible
by 5, then only pay even money on the odd amount above the normal blackjack payoff.
On most single decks there is no mid deck entry. This
means that no new players can start playing until the dealer shuffles the deck. At some casinos, players can only double down on 9, 10, or
11 and cannot double down after a split.