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BJ(6)                            Games Manual                            BJ(6)



NAME
       bj - the game of black jack

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/games/bj

DESCRIPTION
       bj  is  a serious attempt at simulating the dealer in the game of black
       jack (or twenty-one) as might be found in Reno.   The  following  rules
       apply:

              The bet is $2 every hand.

              A  player  ``natural''  (black  jack) pays $3.  A dealer natural
              loses $2.  Both dealer and player naturals  is  a  ``push''  (no
              money exchange).

              If  the  dealer  has an ace up, the player is allowed to make an
              ``insurance'' bet against the chance of a  dealer  natural.   If
              this  bet  is  not taken, play resumes as normal.  If the bet is
              taken, it is a side bet where the player wins $2 if  the  dealer
              has a natural and loses $1 if the dealer does not.

              If  the  player  is  dealt  two  cards  of the same value, he is
              allowed to ``double''.  He is allowed to play  two  hands,  each
              with  one  of these cards.  (The bet is doubled also; $2 on each
              hand.)

              If a dealt hand has a total of ten or  eleven,  the  player  may
              ``double  down''.   He may double the bet ($2 to $4) and receive
              exactly one more card on that hand.

              Under normal play, the player may ``hit'' (draw a card) as  long
              as  his  total  is not over twenty-one.  If the player ``busts''
              (goes over twenty-one), the dealer wins the bet.

              When the player ``stands'' (decides not to hit), the dealer hits
              until  he  attains  a total of seventeen or more.  If the dealer
              busts, the player wins the bet.

              If both player and dealer stand, the one with the largest  total
              wins.  A tie is a push.

       The  machine  deals  and  keeps score.  The following questions will be
       asked at appropriate times.  Each question is answered by y followed by
       a new-line for ``yes'', or just new-line for ``no''.

              ? (this means, ``do you want a hit?'')
              Insurance?
              Double down?

       Every  time  the  deck  is  shuffled,  the  dealer  so  states  and the
       ``action'' (total bet) and ``standing'' (total won or lost) is printed.
       To  exit,  hit  the  interrupt key (CTRL-C) and the action and standing
       will be printed.



                               16 February 1988                          BJ(6)