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May 22nd, 2023 at 8:42:57 AM permalink

Based on yet another set of rules, the suggested manner of play seems correct for friendly games.

One card dealt to each
Punters may inspect their card
Punters wager their stake
The dealer inspects his card, and may optionally demand double stakes

... and no punter option to double.

(I still have a hunch that less friendly games may use other table customs. I can almost hear faint echoes of "That's not how we play it on the boat out of New Orleans!")
May the cards fall in your favor.
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May 25th, 2023 at 1:29:02 PM permalink
This reminds me of a '21' game I played from mid 90s through early 00s. Rules changed slightly every time, but I think this is close to the best version
-Everyone at the table puts up a $1 ante and gets two cards dealt face down, then stand or hit as much as they want. Whatever player at the table gets closest to 21 without going over wins. Any ties split the pot.
-But if the player does go over 21 they can still hit. If they do take a fourth or fifth card anyone can call them out and they have to show their cards. If they did take a hit after going over 21 they have to pay $2 to whomever called them. If the last hit was 'legal' whoever called them out has to pay them $2. If someone takes an illegal hit and doesn't get called out, they win a split of the pot.
-If the winnings can't be split evenly, anyone who won by going over 21 gets the short end, otherwise the dealer chooses how to round it off.

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