RULES & HOW TO PLAY

OBJECT OF THE GAME

The object of the No-Bust 21st Century Buster Blackjack 4.0 is for the Players and the Player-Dealer to add the numerical value of their cards and:
  • Obtain the best possible hand of 22 or “Natural.” (This hand pays 6 to 5)
  • A “Natural” beats all other hands.
  • Draw additional cards if needed.

VALUE OF CARDS

A plurality of standard decks of 52 cards is used in the play of the game. The game will be played with a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of eight (8) decks.
  • Any two card hand consisting of any of the following combinations is a Natural and beats all other hands:
    • A bonus ace and any card with a value of 10 on the first two cards dealt (pays 6 to 5)
  • An ace has a value of 12 on the first two cards if the other card has a value of 10
  • An Ace has a value of 1 or 11
  • Two aces have a value of 2 or 12
  • Deuces through Tens count as their face value.
  • Picture or face cards have a value of 10.

RANKING CHART

Card Value
Ace 1 or 11; 12 on the first two cards if the other card has a value of 10
Two 2
Three 3
Four 4
Five 5
Six 6
Seven 7
Eight 8
Nine 9
Ten 10
Jack 10
Queen 10
King 10

ROUND OF PLAY

  • No Bust 21st Century Buster Blackjack 4.0 is played on a raised gaming table. The table seats eight players who face the Dealer in a 180-degree seating arrangement. The tables are commonly used in the casino industry. The house dealer stands opposite of the players, and in the center of the table. The casino Dealer’s chip tray is set in front of him/her. The play starts from the left of the house dealer and proceeds in a clock-wise fashion.
  • The game utilizes between one and eight 52-card decks.
  • All tables will have signage displaying the name of the game along with the minimum and maximum wager allowed, and collection fees for the players and player-dealer. A maximum of five collection rates are allowed in compliance with the California Penal Code.
  • A standard round of play begins when a player-dealer is designated. The player-dealer places a wager in front of her betting circle. This wager is used to pay the winners. The casino will place a “button” in front of the player-dealer and a designation whether it is the first or second turn for the Player-Dealer in the banking position. The player-dealer will place the collection fee in front of his betting circle.
  • Players at a table then place their wagers in designated betting circles or other unoccupied betting circles. Each player must pay the posted collection for their wager(s) in any betting circle where they have money or “action”.
  • Prior to the start of play, the house dealer will take the collection fees and drop them into a locked collection box affixed to the gaming table.
  • The game also utilizes an “action” button to determine which player receives first action on their wager. The player-dealer’s second face-up card determines the position of the action button. The player-dealer’s position is always zero and is not counted as a position. Other seats, in clockwise rotation from the player-dealer position, respectively represent the other numbers. When determining where the button shall be placed, cards shall have the following values:
    • Card Value
      Ace 1
      Two through Nine Hold their face value
      Jack 11
      Queen 12
      King 13
  • Play commences with the house dealer distributing the cards to the players and the player-dealer. All cards are dealt face up. The house dealer is the only person on the table to touch the cards. The players will signal to the house dealer by hand gesture if they wish to hit or stand. These hand signals will be consistent with industry standard signals such as moving their hand in a sweeping motion towards their body indicating they want an additional card and in moving their hands in a side to side manner, indicating they wish to stay with their cards on the table. The house dealer deals the first card to the player seated to the left of house dealer, in a clock-wise fashion. Each player will be dealt one card face up. The player-dealer’s first card will be placed in front of the house dealer.
  • The house will deal a second face up card to the players, again starting at the player to the first seated position to the left of the house dealer, in a clock-wise fashion. The player-dealer will receive another face up card in front of the house dealer.
  • Players must follow the below listed chart in deciding whether to hit or stand on a particular hand:
    • Rules for Player
      Must Stand On Must Hit On Have Option On
      Soft & Hard 21 Natural 22 11 or Less 12-20
  • After all players have made their best hands by indicating to the house dealer that they do not wish to have additional cards dealt to them, the house dealer will complete the player-dealer’s hand according to the rules below.
  • The Player-Dealer’s cards will always be dealt and placed in front of the casino Dealer’s tray. The placement of the Player-Dealer’s cards is standard in all games and is depicted in the chart below:
    • Dealing Tray
  • The house continues to draw cards for the player-dealer, if necessary until a Hard 17 or higher number is reached. The player-dealer must follow the following hit rules:
    • Rules for Player-Dealer
      Must Stand On Must Hit On Have Option On
      Hard 17 or Above Soft 17 or Less None
  • Once the player-dealer’s hand has been made, all winners and losers are determined by comparing the numerical value of the player’s hands with the player-dealer’s hand. The player-dealer can only win or lose as much as they have placed on the table to cover a portion or all of the wagers.
  • After all wagers are settled, the cards are collected and discarded. The bank button is changed and after every two hands, the player-dealer position is rotated in a clock-wise fashion around the table. Wagers shall be settled in the following order: all base game wagers, followed by all Buster Bonus Bet wagers.
  • The next round of play begins once the house dealer collects all cards from the table and places them in the discard tray. The house dealer will also change the Bank Button, and if necessary (if the same person has already held the player-dealer position twice) rotate the player-dealer position clock-wise to the next position on the table.

GAME RULES

  • A Natural is the best possible hand. If the player and the player-dealer’s hands are both a Natural, the hand is a push or tie, and no action is taken on the wager.
  • If a player’s total is less than a Natural and the player-dealer’s total is more than a Natural the player wins the hand.
  • If a player’s total is less than a Natural and the player-dealer’s hand is less than a Natural, the hand closest to a Natural wins.
  • If a player and the player-dealer have the same total and it is less than a Natural, the hand is a push or tie, and no action is taken on the wager.
  • If a player’s and the player-dealer’s totals are more than a Natural, the following will apply:
    • If the player-dealer is closer to a Natural, the player-dealer wins the hand.
    • If the player is closer to a Natural, the player loses unless they have a three card hand totaling 25, in which case it will be a push.
  • The player-dealer wins all ties or pushes over a Natural.
  • If a player has more than a Natural and the Player-Dealer has less than a Natural, the player-dealer wins.
  • A two card 22 beats all other hands.
  • The game is played on an industry standard Blackjack table where up to eight primary players can be seated.
  • All table fees are collected by the house dealer prior to the start of play. Table fees are pre-determined by the casino and can be up to three separate rates per game. All collection rates and wagering limits for the game will be posted at each gaming table and will not be based on a percentage of the amount wagered or won.
  • Backline betting is permitted on any wagers.
  • Third Party Providers of Proposition Player Services, as defined in Section 19984 of the California Business and Professions Code (the Gambling Control Act), are permitted to play.

DOUBLE-DOWN, SPLIT, SURRENDER, ODDS& INSURANCE

DOUBLE-DOWN
  • Players may double down on any two cards by placing an additional wager equal to the original wager. Players may double down for less, but must be at least the table minimum. Only one additional card may be taken on a double down hand.
  • There is no extra collection fee taken by the casino on any double-down or split executed by a player, nor is their any extra collection fee charged to the player-dealer.
SPLIT
  • Players can split any pair and receive up to three draws except when splitting aces, which can only be split once. The player must place a second wager equal to the wager he/she originally placed prior to the start of the game. A player may draw as many cards as they desire per split card to make the best hand. When splitting aces, only one additional card may be drawn per split.
  • There is no extra collection fee taken by the casino on any double-down or split executed by a player, nor is their any extra collection fee charged to the player-dealer.
SURRENDER
  • Players can surrender on the first two cards and forfeit half their wager unless the dealer has a natural.
INSURANCE
  • If the player-dealer’s up card is a bonus Ace, players may take insurance by placing an additional wager up to 1/2 of their original wager. Insurance wagers pay 2 to 1.

  • All pay-offs are to the extent that the Player-Dealer’s money covers the action on the table. A Player-Dealer cannot win or lose more than the entire amount of money placed on the table prior to the start of the hand.

    BUSTER BLACKJACK BONUS WAGER

    Buster Blackjack is an optional wager attached to No Bust 21st Century Blackjack 4.0. It features a wager that allows the player to bet that the player-dealer will bust. The greater the number of cards in the player-dealer’s busted hand, the higher the payoff.

    There will be a distinctive marked circle on the table in which the player will place the optional wager.

    Rules of Play
    • The Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet is an optional bet offered to all players who placed a game wager. A player must participate in the base game in order to make the additional wager.
    • Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers must be placed prior to the initial deal.
    • Backline betting is not permitted.
    • If the player-dealer does not or cannot have a Natural and the player has a Natural, the game wager is paid and the player’s cards are put away. The Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wager remains in action whether or not the player busts or is dealt a Natural.
    • Once all players have made the decisions concerning their hands according to the rules for game, the player-dealer will reveal his hole card and play out his hand. The payoff odds vary with the number of cards in the player-dealer’s busted hand. The more cards in his busted hand, the higher the payoff.
    • If the player-dealer hand busts, all Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers will be paid according to the posted Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet pay table.
    • If the player-dealer does not bust, all Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers will be collected in rotation to the extent of the money in action.
    • The player-dealer will pay all winning Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers and will collect all losing Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers.
    • In the event that the player-dealer’s wager does not cover the amount wagered by the players, an action button will be used to designate where the action will begin. Additionally, each player’s wager receives action in the following order: game wager, Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wager.
    Note: If there are no game wagers remaining simply because all players have received a Natural, as long as there are Buster Blackjack Bonus Bet wagers, the Player-Dealer must complete his hand, if not 17 or greater.

    BUSTER BLACKJACK PAY TABLE

    Number of Cards in Dealer’s Busted Hand Payout
    3 2:1
    4 2:1
    5 4:1
    6 15:1
    7 50:1
    8 or more 300:1

    LEGAL

    The player-dealer position must rotate in a continuous and systematic fashion, and cannot be occupied by one person for more than two consecutive hands. There must be an intervening player-dealer so that no single player can continually occupy the player-dealer position within the meaning of Oliver v. County of Los Angeles (1998) 66 Cal. App. 4th 1397, 1408-1409. If there is not an intervening person occupying the Player-Dealer’s position, the game will be “broke” or stopped, as required by the California Penal Code.

    Collection Fee Schedule: How and When are House Fees Collected
    For table limits and collection rate schedules for the game of No Bust 21st Century Buster Blackjack 4.0, please refer to CA Games Collection Rate Approval (GEGA-003784).
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