BlackJack on the web - an online game...
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Mar 5 16:23:32 UTC 2004
March 5, 2004
Dear SW List and Jerry!
Many thanks for this long description on how to play BlackJack. I was
hoping you would try Stephen's cards! Or his game online? Have you ever
played BlackJack with SignWriting on the web, Jerry? smile...You can
play online...right on the web. I hope you or someone will try the
You can try the online game Black Jack Run at:
SignWriting Playing Cards at:
On Mar 4, 2004, at 5:04 PM, Jerry Spillman wrote:
> Dear Valerie and List,
> Small error in this first send, I did not mention that the #1 card is
> called the ACE, and normally does not have a number one figure on the
> card, although I am sure it does not matter.
> I'm not sure of all the rules of the game as the professionals play,
> but here is how we used to play it in the service:
> The game is normally played with a deck of cards that are configured
> as a "POKER" deck, in other words, there is one of each number, 1-10
> in each of four suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades), with each
> suit having three face cards called, "King", "Queen", and "Jack". No
> "JOKER" cards are used in this game, although sometimes two are
> included with a pack, or "deck" of cards.
> This game is also called "21", as that is the winning score. The
> object is to collect the appropriate number of cards to add up to 21.
> If your numbers add up to over 21, you lose that hand. The ACE of any
> suit is the wild card, worth either one or eleven points, you get to
> The cards are dealt to as many players as are included in your game,
> just one card at a time, for two times around the group. Now each
> person should have two cards in their hand. If anyone receives a
> combination of a face card and an ace in this first round, they are to
> cry out "BLACKJACK", or "21", to declare they have won.
> The "deal" now continues one person at a time in the same direction
> of rotation as the first two times around. The dealer asks, "do you
> want a card", if you ;do, you say, "yes", and may ask for another card
> also if your total is still under 21, or if not, answer no and the
> deal proceeds to the next player. This continues until all players
> are satisfied that they have a competing number (totalling 21 or less)
> in their hand, or their total goes over 21, which eliminates that
> person from that "hand". until a new "deal" is performed. Sometimes
> you can win with only a 13, because everyone else "went bust", as we
> would say, or went over 21 points. If you get an ace and a three, for
> example, that is worth four or fourteen points. If you got a six
> next, that would be a hand to hold to the end because if you took
> another card, unless it was an ace, you would be over 21! However, if
> you wanted to add the ace as a four, you could take the six card to
> make ten, and you could ask the dealer for another card, perhaps you
> would get a nine, for a total of 19, a pretty good number to win with
> (unless someone else gets 20 or 21). Once the hand is concluded, only
> the person with the highest score gets their score written down
> (everybody else loses that hand). Then the deck is shuffled and given
> to the next person, who becomes the dealer for the next "hand".
> A face card (King, Queen, Jack) is worth 10 points.
> Each number card is worth it's face value (the color is not even a
> factor) number, as in 1 of any suit =1 point, a 5 of any suit= 5
> points, etc.
> Aces of any suit are worth either 1 or 11 points, as you choose.
> A "BLACKJACK" is when you receive a face card and an ACE at the same
> time, that is = 21 points, and is considered a winning hand. It
> outranks a hand with several cards equalling 21.
> There may be more finer points to the game; I just don't remember.
> It will play for sure the way I have outlined it, however.
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