Blackjack is one of the most popular card games in the casino and is a blast to play. It’s easy to learn and difficult to master. Since Chukchansi’s blackjack tables require the dealer to stand on all 17’s, they are the loosest blackjack games around. The object of the game is to draw cards that total 21, or come closer to 21, without busting, than the dealer. All cards are at face value, except for the Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. The Jack, Queen, and King count as 10, and the Ace counts as either a 1 or 11 depending on whether an 11 would result in a bust.

  • All players and the dealer will receive two cards each. The player’s cards are dealt face up, while the dealers have one card up and one card down (hole card).
  • During the player’s turn they may choose to stand, draw, double, or split. To stand means no additional cards are taken. To draw (or hit) is to take an additional card. Drawing can happen as many times as necessary to get to 21. If the cards total over 21, the wager is taken and the cards are discarded as the hand loses. To double (or double down) is to place and additional wager behind the original wager in exchange for a single card. Doubling can happen on any two cards. To split is to take a hand consisting of two cards that have the same value and make two hands. Players can split up to 3 times for a total of 4 hands. Doubling is allowed on split hands. Splitting Aces is allowed. A player can split aces three times for up to four hands. The only difference between splitting Aces and any other card is that each Ace will only be dealt one additional card.
  • After all players have finished their hands, the dealer will expose their hole card.
  • The dealer must draw and 16 and below and stand on all 17’s and above.
  • If the player’s total beats the dealer’s total, the wager wins. If the totals match the hand is a push (tie). A winning wager pays even money or 1 to 1.
  • On the initial deal, if the player is dealt an Ace and 10 (or face card) it is considered a Blackjack and will be paid 3 to 2 (time and a half or 1.5 to 1). However, if the dealer has a 10 value card showing, the dealer must check for blackjack before offering hit cards, or paying any player Blackjacks. If the dealer has a blackjack, the player’s Blackjack will be considered a push. If the dealer has an Ace showing, insurance will be offered before the dealer checks their hole card. Insurance is a side bet with the dealer on whether or not they have blackjack. A player can insure up to half of their original wager. Insurance pays 2 to1.


Jack Magic Blackjack Side Bet

At Chukchansi we offer the unique and exciting optional side bet of Jack Magic on all of our blackjack games, including Nob Hill, our high limit gaming room. On the right side of the betting circle there is a smaller circle with the face of a Jack where a player can make a Jack Magic wager. The side bet considers the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s up card. The top payout is 500 to 1 for three One Eyed Jacks. Different combinations of Jacks pay different odds. The payout odds are listed below:

  • One Jack 1 to 1
  • One One Eyed Jack 3 to 1
  • Two Jacks 8 to 1
  • Two One Eyed Jacks 40 to 1
  • Three Jacks 100 to 1
  • Three One Eyed Jacks 500 to 1


Free Bet Black Jack

Blackjack has always been one of the most popular card games in the casino and Free Bet Blackjack takes the fun and excitement to a whole new level. Players can double down for free on 9’s, 10’s, and 11’s as long as the totals are hard (meaning they do not contain an Ace), and can split for free on any pair other than 10 10’s, J J’s, Q Q’s, and K K’s. In place of the wager a player would make in the event of a double or split the dealer will place a Free Bet Token. In a perfect hand the player could have seven free bets as players can free double after a free split as long as the above criteria are met. Free doubles and free splits are paid as if the player put up their own money. Listed below are the differences from our other Blackjack games:

  • Players can double for free on any hard 9, 10, or 11.
  • Players can split for free any pair other than 10 10’s, J J’s, Q Q’s, and K K’s. Players can free split three times for up to four hands. This includes Aces, but Aces only receive one card after splitting.
  • Players can double for free after splitting for free as long as the above criteria are met.
  • Dealers hit on soft 17.
  • All main game wagers push if the dealer busts with a 22 with the exception of player’s blackjacks. Player’s blackjacks, as always, pay 3 to 2.

Free Bet Blackjack lets you double down and split… for free! If you chose the free bet options, the dealer will place a special lammer next to your original wager. If you end up winning the hand, you get paid as if you had made a traditional split or double, even though you didn’t put any additional money at risk.

Getting Started

Make a bet to play against the dealer. You and the dealer will get two starting cards, as in standard blackjack.

Free Split

You may free split any pairs, except for the 10-value cards. Free re-splitting is allowed.

Free Double

You may free double any two card hard 9, 10, or 11. Free doubling after splitting is allowed, when the above doubling rule is followed.

Push 22

If the dealer busts with a point total of 22, any bets you have left in action are pushes. The Push 22 side bet wins if the dealer busts with a point total of 22. If the dealer’s final point total is any number other than 22, the Push 22 side bet loses.

Note: Player blackjacks are paid before the dealer hits out his hand, so they are exempt from the Push 22 rule.