BlackJack on the web - an online game...

Bill Reese wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM
Fri Mar 5 16:45:20 UTC 2004

Val,  I played the online game.  It's fun.  Good thing there isn't a
betting option or I'd lose my shirt!  :-)


Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> 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
> online game:
> You can try the online game Black Jack Run at:
> SignWriting Playing Cards at:
> Val ;-)
> ----------------------------------
> 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 choose!
>>  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.
>>  Jerry.

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