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An exciting and fast-paced heads-up game against the dealer, online Blackjack is a classic choice and a staple for all kinds of player. When you play online, you get the choice of free games played with virtual chips, or real money games played with actual cash for real money payouts. You can play our online Blackjack game on flash or download software, or on the move using our mobile site or innovative mobile casino app. Games are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and you can ask for assistance from our professional and friendly support staff at any time of day or night, whether you need help with making a deposit, cashing out your winnings, or instructions on how to play. Playing Blackjack online is completely fun, safe and secure, and any money transactions are fast and hassle-free. When it comes to your Blackjack game online, you benefit from state of the art graphics and animations, a stable connection, and the very latest in games software – all at the touch of a button, whenever and wherever you choose!
History of Blackjack
The history of this game is still hotly debated, but general consensus agrees that the origins of Blackjack lie in the game of Vingt-et-un (21 in French) that was played in French casinos. French colonists spread the game to North America, where its popularity grew – only back then, the rules were different. The Blackjack hand was paid out at the same amount as other winning hands, only the dealer could double, and there was a betting round between the two initial cards you receive at the start of the game today. It wasn’t until these rules were amended and the Nevada casinos awarded a better payout for the Blackjack hand that the game truly grew in popularity; now it is a staple classic. And with the technological advances that have swept the world in the last few decades, the game has now moved online. Providing better accessibility and a wider range of online Blackjack variants, games are now available to play no matter where you live or what time you want to play.
When you play online Blackjack, you pit your wits against the dealer, going head to head with your hands – and the best hand wins. If other players join you at the table, their hands are completely separate and do not affect your game. You start the game by selecting your chip amount, then place your bet on the designated spot on the screen, and when you are ready, you hit Deal. You then receive two cards; one face up and one face down. Next, you decide whether you want to hit (receive another card) or stand (keep the hand and make no change). You can also Split pairs to make two separate hands and take Insurance if the opportunity arises; only the options available to you will be highlighted on your screen, so its easy to get to grips with our software, even if you’re a completely new player or new to our online casino.
The player always goes first, and once you’ve completed your round without going bust, it is the dealer’s turn. When the dealer’s completed his round, the two hands are compared and to win, yours must be the stronger of the two. A winning hand is a hand that contains a point total of 21, or as close to 21 as you can manage without going bust, that is also stronger than the dealer’s finishing hand. The best possible hand you can make is Blackjack and this awards the highest payout of 3:2. If you finish on an equal footing – a push or draw - you will have your stake returned to your bankroll.
Strategy and Tips
There is no formula for winning real money Blackjack games every time, but you can make a few overall improvements to your game strategy to decrease your chances of making unnecessary mistakes. The following tips are designed to help improve your time at the felt and get the most out of your overall online casino games experience.
Claim a bonus: Casino bonuses are designed to give you extra funds to boost your bankroll, giving you extra cash to use at the tables. Available for both new and returning players, bonuses come in a variety of formats such as reloads, games bonuses, match bonuses and our current 100% up to $/€400 (plus 200 free spins) Bonus available to new players. When you opt for a bonus make sure you read the terms and conditions to make sure the bonus suits you and the way you play.
Protect your bankroll: Whatever stake you like to play, you should have a strategy when it comes to your money. And whatever strategy you devise, make sure that you stick to it. Decide how much you want to spend at the start of your game, and decide what you want to do with your winnings; you might decide to play your winnings, collect your winnings, or use them as bankroll for another day’s play. It’s up to you –but whatever you choose, stick to your plan to get the most from your game.
Know Your Games Rules: Take time to learn and understand the game rules fully, especially the different bets that you can make, before you start playing. This will enable you to make fast and informed decisions as you play and will minimise mistakes. That means that you can also concentrate on the important bit – having fun!
Game Buttons Information
These are the buttons that our software uses to help you get started playing Blackjack online.
Deal: this indicates to our software that you have placed your bets and are ready to receive your initial two cards.
Double/Double Down: an extra optional bet, costing the same as your initial wager, and it allows you to draw one more card to see the outcome; only available at the start of a game when you have your two initial cards.
Hit: receive another card from the dealer to try and improve your hand – choose wisely so you don’t go bust!
Insurance: you can take insurance against the dealer hitting blackjack; hit this button if this is your preference.
Split: you can split aces to make two separate hands to play during that round; click this button to indicate that this is your choice. Note: if you split aces, your split hand will cost another wager, at the same amount as your initial bet.
Stand: this means you are happy with your hand and you don’t want to receive another card; this is the hand that you will compare with the dealer’s hand when the round is finished – if your hand wins, you will receive a payout.
Rebet: this button enables you to repeat your bet at the same stake
Another useful symbol is the small spanner that shows in the top right corner of your screen; this gives access to various useful settings – click the spanner symbol to access your game history, general, audio and games settings, and the games rules under ‘Help’.
To help you get started at the tables, we’ve compiled a basic glossary that will help you understand some of the basic and most commonly used terms so you can hit the felt with confidence.
Bankroll: This is the money you have deposited into your Real Money account to use to play our wide range of games online.
Bet: The money you use from your bankroll to place a wager, hoping to predict the outcome of your chosen game.
Betting Limits: There are maximum and minimum amounts that you can bet in any game – and these are known as your betting limits.
Blackjack: the best possible hand in this game with a payout of 3:2.
Bust: this means your hand total has exceeded 21 points, putting you out of the game.
Bust Card: the card that tips your hand over the edge and makes you go bust.
Draw: if you and the dealer end the game with matching hands, this is a considered a draw and your stake is returned to your bankroll.
Even Money: this is the name given to any winning bet that pays out a return of 1:1 (matches your initial bet amount).
Hole Card: The card that is dealt face down in your hand.
Wager: another name for a bet. When you play free games, you play with virtual chips and when you play real money games, you wager actual cash for the chance to win real money.
Open an Account and Play for Real Money
To get started at the online Blackjack tables for the chance to play and win real money, simply click on the Play for Real Money button on our website and then hit Create Account. A web form will pop up on your screen; fill out the requested fields – we use this information for security and identification purposes - and once you’ve read the terms and conditions, click the Agree box. Next, hit the Create button to activate your account. The final step required for you to be able to play our exciting real money games including Blackjack online, is to make a deposit to fund your bankroll.
Once your account is active or, if you’re returning player, you have logged in, go to the Cashier and select which of the many safe and secure deposit methods suit you the best; click on that option, specify how much you wish to deposit, and then follow the on-screen instructions from your chosen provider to complete the transaction. Once the money shows in your bankroll, you can use it to play any of your favourite real money games with real money payouts. You can also boost your bankroll before you hit the tables with a special promotion or bonus; whether you’re a new or returning player, we have a variety of bonuses available – check out our promotions page for details of the latest offers or sign up for promotional emails for offers direct to your inbox. Our bonuses suit all types of player, such as our 100% up to $/€400 (plus 200 free spins) Bonus for all new players that sign up and play real money games today.