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LocationBlazing Games - Ultimate Retro Project - Volume 2 - Episode 15

Ultimate Retro Project

Episode 15: Classic Blackjack

A must-have casino game

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2004


Blackjack is one of those games that every casino has. It is, in fact, one of the most popular casino games. This is because the game is easy to play and very quick to play. On thing about blackjack is that a basic strategy for winning the game has been developed. By using this strategy you will drastically reduce the house edge, lowering the amount of money that the casino takes from you.

Using the Console

Creating text games is interesting, but my goal was also to present the game in a way that would simulate a teletype machine as close as possible. This is why the game uses my console.

My Teletype Emulator is designed to simulate playing the game on an old teletype machine, down to the dot matrix output. Anybody who has used an old printer knows how slow they were. They were also noisy, but out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to leave the noise out.

For getting input from the user, I decided to go with a fancy LCD model, in which what you type will be send to a LCD display for your approval before being transmitted to the machine. Unlike real machines, my terminal is intelligent and will only let you enter something when the program is requesting input. Any other typing is ignored!

Playing the Game

The game starts you off with $1000. You then go through the betting loop. First you choose bet the amount. You are then dealt cards. You then get to enter commands. See the command screen for list of commands. Once you are finished with your hands, the computer plays its hand.

Aces count as one or eleven. Face cards count as ten. The goal is to get as close to 21 as possible If you are dealt 21 you have a natural and get paid 3 to 2.Getting over 21 is a bust, and the hand is lost. You win if you beat the dealer's hand. Dealers must draw until they have 17 or better.


System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets.

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This game is open source with the source code being hosted at

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