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Blackjack Articles And News: Hold'em Blackjack, Sun Poker, Holdem, New Game

July 18, 2006.

Blackjack Meets Texas Hold'em - New Hold'em Blackjack Game At Sun Poker.

holdem bjSun Poker is announced the addition of new Hold'em Blackjack game to its poker lobby. Hold'em BlackJack is a revolutionary game that combines the peer-to-peer challenge of Texas Hold'em, with the exciting game of Blackjack. Whether you love blackjack or you're a poker fanatic, Hold'em Blackjack is a thrilling new game that offers the best of both worlds.

Hold'em Blackjack is the premier player-to-player blackjack game that combines the betting, bluffing, and bullying of Texas Hold'em with the familiar play of blackjack. You are sure to find the experience challenging, entertaining, and if you play your cards right, rewarding.



Hold'em Blackjack Rules
You can watch Interactive Flash Demo of Holdem Blackjack at the Sun Poker website. The object of the game is to compete against other players to make the best blackjack hand after three rounds of betting. Up to 6 players seated around a table in this game.

Value of the Cards
  • Cards 2 through 10 are worth their numerical value.
  • Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10.
  • Aces are worth 1 or 11 (to the player's advantage).
  • The value of a hand is the sum of the point counts of each card in the hand.
Hand Rakings
  • The best possible hand is a “7 Card Charlie” (7 cards without going over 21).
  • The next best hands are 21, 20, 19, etc.
  • If all hands are over 21 (busted) then the best hand is the one closest to 21.
  • All 21's are equal in value (for example: the hand A_QClubs has the same value as 4Clubs 2_8_7_).
Dealer Button
  • A round marker known as the dealer button sits in front of a designated player to determine the order of betting and position of the blinds in the hand.
  • The dealer button is moved from player to player one position clockwise between each hand.
Blinds and Antes
  • Blinds and Antes are forced bets that are posted before any cards are dealt.
  • The Small Blind is posted by the player to the immediate left of the dealer button and is usually equal to _ the Big Blind.
  • The Big Blind is posted by the player left of the Small Blind and is equal to the size of the minimum bet.
  • Blinds are considered part of the player's bet amount in the first round.
  • Antes are posted by all players and are usually equal to half the Small Blind amount. Antes go directly into the pot and unlike blinds they are not considered to be part of a player's bet amount.
  • For example: in a tournament where the stakes are currently 100 / 200 / 200-1000 the Small Blind is 50, the Big Blind is 100, and the Ante is 25.
Betting
  • Bet amounts are limited by the game stakes. For example, in a game with stakes listed as 2 / 4 / 4-20, bets are 2 in the first round (fixed limit), 4 in the second round (fixed limit), and between 4 to 20 in the final round (spread limit).
  • There is a maximum of one bet and three raises in each round.
First Round
  • All players ante the Small Blind amount.
  • Small and Big blinds are posted.
  • Players receive 1 card face down.
  • Betting action occurs starting to the left of the Big Blind.
  • Betting is Fixed Limit, a bet/raise equals the Big Blind amount.
Second Round
  • Remaining players receive 1 card face up.
  • Betting action occurs starting to the left of the Button.
  • Betting is Fixed Limit, a bet/raise equals 2x the Big Blind amount.
Third Round
  • Remaining players complete their hand. Each player in turn may Hit until they Stand. Additional cards are dealt face down. If a player exceeds 21 they must Stand (they are still in the game).
  • After all players have completed their hands, betting action occurs starting to the left of the Button.
  • Betting is Spread Limit, a bet/raise must be between 2? and 10? the Big Blind amount.
The Showdown
  • Show order is same as in Hold'em Poker.
  • The best possible hand is a "7 Card Charlie" (7 cards without going over 21).
  • The next best hands are 21, 20, 19, etc.
  • All 21’s are equal in value.
  • If all hands are over 21 (busted) then the best hand is the one closest to 21.
  • The player with the best hand wins the pot.
  • Ties split the pot.
$6,100 Hold'em Blackjack Package at the Caribbean Poker Classic
Players can also take part in special satellite tournaments to win a seat at the 2006 Caribbean Poker Classic at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from November 24 to December 2 inclusive.

Source: Sun Poker


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