Backhand the card game is the first in a series of three playing card counting games derived from the classic game of blackjack, but is wholly unique in game objective, inventive concept, rules set, mechanics and therefore player experience than the classic game of blackjack.
In the beginning of the game, the player is dealt two cards face up. There is no dealer hand and therefore no “hole card.” Unlike blackjack, the object of the game is not based on how close a player can get to 21 without busting or even beating the dealer (as there is no dealer to beat).
The fundamental game concept is based on the player’s ability to predict if/when the next card in the deck will cause their hand to exceed a total hand value of 21 and therefore creates the opportunity for a completely new game objective and player experience. The option to request a backhand card is made available to the player under certain circumstances that will be clearly defined throughout the body of this document.
The game objective is for the player to successfully resolve their hand in one of three ways:
RULES - General
The "Ace Rule"
RULES - Requesting a Backhand Card or "Calling Backhand"
RULES - "Pushing"
RULES - Taking a hit card
Another Play hand is shown in Figure 4 where the hand presents with an initial hand value of 14 and the option to hit or Backhand. The player quickly calls for a hit card and receives a 2. New hand value is 16 and the option to hit or Backhand is presented again. Remember that as long as the ace rule is satisfied, the player’s hand contains less than five cards, and the player’s hand value is less than 21, the player will always be presented the options to take a hit card or call backhand, until after the fifth card is dealt; with the following exceptions: a player shall never be dealt more than five cards in a hand; the best option on low hands is to take a hit card; players should not call backhand on a hand value less than 12. Remember that push hands are also an exception to this rule because the player only has to take a hit once, and on push hands, backhand is not an option. Applying this to Figure 4, the player takes a second hit, and receives a 4. New hand value is 20 and the player is at the doorstep of a sure win. The player must again choose to hit or Backhand. Figure 4 then shows the player's decision to call Backhand...
***Note: The act of calling backhand is when the player is predicting that the next card drawn from the deck (when added to the value of their hand) will cause the hand value to exceed 21. The player is then dealt the next card in the deck and the numerical value of said card is added to their current hand value. If the new hand value exceeds 21, the player wins the handy. But if the new hand value does not exceed 21, the player loses the hand.***
...now back to the hand... Figure 4 now shows the player's decision to call backhand with a current hand value of 20. Figure 4 then shows that the Backhand card is an Ace. The new hand value is 21 which does not bust the hand, and therefore results in the player losing the hand.
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