To ensure fairness when playing with a single deck, the deck should be reshuffled after the conclusion of each hand.
In Example 1, the dealer’s show cards are 8-9-2 and are dealt from right to left first. The initial player hand is always dealt after the player hand. There are no dealer aces on the board yet. The initial player hand is position on the bottom row, just to the bottom left corner of the dealer hand. The initial player hand does not include any initial player aces. The initial player hand contains 6-2, so the initial hand value is 8 and the hand type is a low hand. Just as in backhand, the only hand option available to the player is to take a hit card. Once the hit card is dealt, the total hand value, dealer total and player totals are calculated to determine advantage in the hand or if the player hand has busted. The player will play the hand in the usual manner according to standard backhand rules; except in this invention, the winner or loser in the hand is determined in the following ways:
In Example 1a, the hit card is a K (numerical value = 10), total hand value of 18. The hand options (per existing backhand rules) are to take a hit card or call backhand.
In Example 1b, the player chose to call backhand. The backhand card is a Q (numerical value = 10) and a new hand value of 28. This is a successful backhand, but in this invention, the winner is determined by who has the advantage in the hand by comparing the dealer total and player total, after the backhand card is called. Since the dealer total is higher than the player total, the dealer has the advantage and the hand results in a loss for the player.
In Example 2, the initial hand value is 8, dealer hand contains 8-9-2 and there are no initial player aces. The only hand option available to the player is to take a hit card. The hit card is 4 so the total hand value is 12, the dealer total is 12, the player total is 8 and the hand options available to the player is to take a hit or call backhand. Right now the player must determine whether their current player total would beat the dealer total if they were to call backhand. A successful backhand in this case would be a backhand card with a numerical value of at least 10. But the resulting dealer total would be 19 which would give the dealer the advantage and result in a loss for our player; therefore, is wouldn’t make sense for our player to call backhand at this point.
Example 2a shows that our player chose to take another hit card. The hit card is 8, the new total hand value is 20, the new dealer total is 17, the new player total is 12 and the dealer currently has the advantage. The hand options for our player is to take a hit card or call backhand. But as you can see, the dealer’s last show card is a 2, so if our player decides to call backhand (and the backhand call is successful), the resulting player total would be 20 and a sure win for our player!
Example 2b shows a winning hand for our player. A successful backhand play + advantage over the dealer total, was the key!
Example 3 shows a dealer hand of Q-Q-7, and an initial player hand of A-8. Per the Ace Rule, the A will be discarded and replaced prior to moving forward in the hand. Example 3a shows the new initial player hand to be K-8, initial hand value 18, and a push hand type. Hand options for the player are to take a hit card or push the hand away in exchange for a new hand.
In Example 3b, the player chooses to take a hit card. The hit card is an ace. This ace is a ‘dealer ace’ so it’s value depends on what it is being used to calculate. When calculating the dealer total, said ace will be valued at 1 or 11 to the advantage of the dealer. When calculating the total hand value, it is valued at 1. Immediately, you see that the advantage has swung in the favor of the dealer. The dealer total is 21 and the player total is 18. Remember, in this invention, if a player decides to play a push hand by taking a hit card the player shall take only one hit card. Whatever the hit card turns out to be, if the player total is greater than the dealer total, the player will win the hand. If the dealer has the advantage, the dealer wins the push hand. So in this hand, our player has a successful backhand, but the player total is lower than the resulting dealer total. Therefore, our player has lost the hand!