Video Title: Backhand Basics


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RULES OF THE GAME

Game Objective

This game is all about winning, but how do you do that?  Well, you can win by guessing correctly if/when the next card in the deck will bust your hand, successfully hit to a Five Card Hand or have a successful push hand.  


Sounds easy enough right?  Well lets see!

How to play

  1. This game is played with a single deck of standard playing cards with the jokers removed.
  2. Player is dealt two cards face up.
  3. Depending on the initial value of the hand, player can ‘hit’, call ‘backhand’ or ‘push’ the hand away in return for another hand.
  4. There is no ‘stay’ or ‘hold’ in the game of backhand.
  5. Player aces are always valued at 1.
  6. If either of the first two cards dealt to the player are an ace, one or both must be discarded and replaced immediately after the initial player hand is dealt.  Player will keep replacement cards whatever the value (the Ace Rule).
  7. Suits don’t matter in this game.

Terms You Should Know

THE ACE RULE: If a player's first two cards contain an ace of any type, said ace (or aces) are discarded and replaced by the next card/s in the deck immediately after the initial player hand is dealt.  Once the ace (or aces) are replaced, a hand type is determined and options are presented to the player based on the new hand type. If an initial player ace is replaced with another ace, the new ace shall not be discarded because it is not an initial player ace. This is called the ‘Ace Rule’ and is a critical component to the mechanics of the game.  


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An easy way to remember the Ace Rule is the phrase:  “Initial player ace…discard and replace.”

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INITIAL PLAYER HAND TYPES:   

Low Hand: Initial hand values between 2 and 11.  

Player options: Take a hit card.  


Play Hand: Initial hand values between 12 and 16.  

Player options: Take a hit card or call backhand.  


Push Hand: Initial hand values between 17 and 20.  

Player options: Take a hit card or push the hand away in return for a new hand.


SO WHAT IS BACKHAND, REALLY?

The act of calling Backhand is when the player is effectively guessing that the next card in the deck will bust their hand. 

Once the player calls backhand, the dealer draws the next card from the deck and the numerical value of the card is added to the current player hand value.  If the new total hand value exceeds 21, the player wins the hand because they guessed correctly.  If the new total hand value does not exceed 21, the player loses because of an incorrect guess. 

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Remember: The backhand option is not available on push hand types. 

After the Ace Rule is satisfied, if at any point the player’s total hand value equals 21 but the player’s hand contains less than 5 cards, the player must still choose to take a hit card or call backhand in order to conclude the hand. Naturally, the player would choose to call backhand in this scenario, but the choice must be made. On a low hand, the backhand option becomes available after the first hit card is dealt to the player. Also, players should not call backhand on a hand value less than 12. 

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WHAT IS A 'PUSH' IN BACKHAND?

To push a hand simply means that the player can choose to push their initial player hand away in return for a new hand from the deck.  After the first hand is replaced,  a new initial hand value and hand type is determined and play will resume.   

If the new hand contains an ace, the Ace Rule must be satisfied. If the new hand is another push hand, the player can again elect to push that hand or take a hit card. The options available for a push hand will always remain available to the player, no matter how many push hands are dealt to them consecutively. 

Pushing is only available to the player when the player’s initial hand value is between 17 and 20. A player cannot request to push the hand after being dealt their third card. A player cannot request to push on a low or play hand type.


'HITTING' IN BACKHAND

The act of calling for a hit card in Backhand is the same as it is in Blackjack. As in blackjack, if the new hand value exceeds 21, the player loses the hand.  But in Backhand, if the new hand value does not exceed 21, the player is presented with the options to take a hit or call backhand. 

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: [1]a player shall never be dealt more than five cards in a hand; [2]the first option on low hands is to take a hit card only. [3]Remember also that push hands are an exception to this rule because the player only has to take a hit once, and [4]on push hands, backhand is not an option.


THE FIVE CARD HAND

This occurs after a player has successfully hit to five cards without busting.  A successful five card hand is a winning hand. A five card hand shall not include a backhand card. A player shall not be dealt more than five cards (including hit cards and the backhand card) under any circumstances.


Introduction to Backhand

Hi everyone and thanks for visiting our YouTube page.  This the first official Backhand video I've ever done which gives you an introduction to The Series and the game of Backhand.

Backhand Basics


Initial Hand Value  Hand Type      Hand Options

2-11                      Low Hand       Hit

12-16                    Play Hand       Hit or backhand

17-20                    Push Hand      Hit or push

Backhand Basics, Example 1 - What is backhand?

 Backhand Basics,  Example 2 - Low Hand

 Backhand Basics,  Example 3 - Push Hand

 Backhand Basics,  More examples

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