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Free Bet Blackjack

You must beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21.

  • Max number of players at the table
  • Minimum casino bet

Good to know

Before playing Free Bet Blackjack, you might benefit from learning about certain notions of the game. These helpful tips and basic rules will give you a sense of what to expect before you get to the casino. Once you are at the table, don’t hesitate to ask the dealer any questions you may have. Helping you understand how the game is played is part of their job.

Taking a seat at the table

Blackjack tables can be easily identified by their green playing surface.

First, find a spot that isn’t already occupied. Although players are allowed to occupy several spots at the table, they must give up a spot for a new player if there are no other available spots. A special marker is used to indicate spots reserved for players who have temporarily left the table. These spots may be used until the absent player returns.

The initial bet

Place your money on the table. Never hand it to the dealer. The dealer will exchange your money for value chips and you may place your bet in the betting spot indicated on the table before the first card is dealt. Initial bets cannot be made, changed or withdrawn after that point.

You must respect the minimum and maximum limits indicated at the table when placing your bets.

The cards

Free Bet Blackjack is played with 1 to 8 decks of 52 cards. Aces count as 1 or 11, face cards count as 10, and all other cards are counted at face value. A blackjack occurs when the first two cards of a hand are an Ace and a 10 or and Ace and a face card, i.e. a two-card hand with a total value of 21, the highest possible score at blackjack.

The game

The dealer deals the cards from a shoe. Only the dealer may touch the cards. The dealer deals one card face up to each player and one card face up to himself. The dealer then deals a second card face up to each player, and a second card face down to himself.

Your five options

  • Hit: i.e. draw one or several additional cards to improve your hand without going over 21.
  • Stand: if you are satisfied with your hand.
  • Split a pair: i.e. two cards of the same value, up to a maximum of four hands. Each hand is then played separately. Aces may be split only once and you receive only one additional card for each hand. When splitting a hand, you must wager an additional amount equal to your original bet. There is no blackjack on split pairs. A Free Bet marker may be used for a split, except when the cards have a value of 10.
  • Double down:  i.e. wager an additional amount equal to his initial bet, except if his hand is a blackjack. A player may double down after splitting, except in the case of a pair of Aces. In all cases, once the player doubles down, he receives a single last card. A Free Bet marker may only be used to double down a two card hand totalling a hard 9, 10 or 11.
  • Take insurance: if the dealer’s face up card is an Ace. In this case, you may wager a sum equal to one-half of your original bet on the insurance line. If the dealer draws a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2 to 1. If the dealer fails to draw a blackjack, you lose your insurance bet.


Some games enable you to place additional bets. Ask the dealer about your options.

Winning and losing hands

Winning hands

  • If your hand count is 21 or less and is higher than the dealer’s hand count, your bet wins.

  • If your hand count is 21 or less, while the dealer’s hand exceeds 21, without however totalling 22, your bet wins.

  • If your hand is a blackjack, while the dealer’s hand is not, your bet wins.


Losing hands

  • If your hand count exceeds 21, your bet loses.


Push hands

  • If your hand count and the dealer’s hand count tie at 21 or less, your bet is a push; it neither wins nor loses and you may take it back.

  • If your hand count is 21 or less without being a blackjack and the dealer’s hand count is 22, your bet is a push; it neither wins nor loses and you may take it back.

  • Your hand is a blackjack and the dealer’s hand is also a blackjack, there is a tie and your bet is a push; it neither wins nor loses and you may take it back.

The text above gives a summary of the main rules regarding Free Bet Blackjack. For more detailed information about this game, please consult the complete rules for Blackjack, available in our casinos. In case of a discrepancy between the rules above and the complete rules, the rules in the By-law prevail.

These rules come into force on May 15, 2014, and are governed by the By-law respecting casino games (CQLR c. S-13.1, r 3.1). The Société des casinos du Québec may amend the rules herein at any time.10-541.06-201405

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