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BJ (VI)                      3/15/72                      BJ (VI)

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 dou-

bled 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 ques-

tions 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'.

?               (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

loss) is printed.  To exit, hit the interrupt key (DEL)

and the action and standing will be printed.

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