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How to Deal Blackjack
The Game
Blackjack
           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.
Blackjack Payout Chart
Player has blackjack and bet is paid
           There are two ways to pay a blackjack, the first and most popular way is to bridge the payoff.
Player has blackjack and bet is paid
           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.
Insurance
           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.
Even Money
           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.
Single Deck
           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.
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