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Blackjack is an old casino staple that has grown into one of the most popular and engaging games available online. As well as the traditional version, there is now a wide range of variants available.
When you play any Blackjack game, you’re playing against the dealer’s hand. You both try to make hands of up to 21 with as few cards as possible, pitching your wits against each other for some exciting casino game action.
Rules: How to Play Blackjack?
Cards in Online Blackjack are worth their face value and all picture cards are worth 10. Ace can be considered as either 1 or 11 in value, depending on what works best for your hand.
Order of Play
Part of the attraction of Blackjack is that it is such a simple game to learn. When the game starts, you set your bet amount and then you receive two face-up cards to pitch against the dealer. The dealer will deal himself one card face-up and another face-down. If there are other players at the table, the dealer will deal himself last.
Hit or Stand
It's now your turn, and at this point, there a couple of actions you can make:
- Hit - By 'Hitting', you'll receive another card from the dealer. You can keep hitting as many times as you like, but you'll automatically lose if you go over 21.
- Stand - If you're happy with your hand, then you can 'Stand', which means you'll stick with your current cards, and it's now the other players turn to make a move. Only once all players have finished will it be the dealer’s turn to act.
The dealer will reveal the entire hand by turning over the second card, which until now has remained hidden. Then, the dealer has to play by the Blackjack rules, which vary slightly from game to game. Usually, this means he will keep 'Hitting' until he either stays on 17 (won't receive any more cards) or he'll go bust, which means you win automatically. Remember, if the dealer's hand total is more than yours, 21 or less than he'll win.
There are also advanced options that you should know about, as they're going to be a crucial part of your Blackjack strategy. When used correctly, the following advanced options will give you a lower house edge:
- Surrender - By using the surrender option, you can fold your hand and receive back half of your stake. If you think you're going to lose, then this option may be a good idea as you won't lose your entire wager. Different variations will allow you to surrender at different stages of the game, so be sure to read the game rules beforehand.
- Splitting - If your starting hand consists of a pair or two cards with a total of 10, you can split them into two new hands and receive new cards for each one. You'll also need to double your bet. Why would you do this? Because it gives you two chances to beat the dealer.
- Double Down - After receiving your first two cards, you can decide to double down, which means you double your stake and can't accept any more cards. Think of it as an all or nothing move. Once selected, your turn is over, and the dealer will reveal his cards.
- Side Bets - At the beginning of a round, you can choose to wager on a side bet additionally. There are various types that may involve your hand or the dealer. The most popular side bets are Perfect Pairs, 21+3 and Insurance.
- Insurance - The insurance side bet pays 2:1 and you are betting that the dealer has Blackjack (a hand that has an ace and a 10-point card). The bet is treated separately from your primary wager.
- Multi-Hand - If you see the option to play multi-hand, it means that you can bet on up to five different hands at once. It's just like playing at five seats at once at the casino's Blackjack table.
If you ever get stuck in the middle of a game or want to learn about a specific variation, each of our Blackjack games has a handy 'Help' menu, which contains all the essential information you'll need, such as the game rules, odds, payouts and terminology.
Very similar to the classic version of the game described above but with one crucial difference. The dealer will only receive one card face-up at the beginning of the game. Only when your turn has finished will he deal himself with a second card.
The dealer receives his second card straight after cards have been dealt with you and all other players and before anyone makes a decision.
Has a couple of notable differences. Firstly, all 10's are removed from the deck, creating a 48-card deck instead. Secondly, you can double down whenever you want, not just on your first two cards at the very beginning of your turn. And lastly, in Spanish 21, if you have a hand total of 21, you'll beat the dealer no matter what.
In this Blackjack variant, you have to bet on two separate hands, but you can trade cards between the two hands.
Similar to Spanish 21 because it removes all the 10's from the deck. But it does make up for it with some extra features, such as doubling after a split, later surrender, immediate win with a hand of 21 and more.
Uses 48 card decks and is a popular Blackjack variant in Atlantic City. The game gets its name from the 'Double Attack' option. Immediately after the dealer's first card is dealt on the table face-up, you can double attack and raise your bet.
Odds and Payouts
Blackjack has one of the lowest house edges in any casino game, and with the right strategy, it can go as low as 0.1% -0.5%.
Payouts are generally the same across Blackjack variations, but it's always a good idea to double-check each game as there may be a difference. Here are the most frequent payouts you'll find at our Blackjack tables:
Beating the dealer with a regular hand (not Blackjack) will earn you a payout of 1:1. A $1 bet will earn you another $1.
If you have an Ace and a 10-point card, you've got Blackjack! The payout for this hand is 3:2, which means if you bet $1, you'll receive another $1.5.
A side bet where you think the dealer has a Blackjack hand. It pays 2:1, so a $1 bet would payout $2. The side bet acts independently to your original bet. Even if you lose your hand, you can still win the Insurance side bet.
A tie with the Dealer is also called a Push. Your bet will remain on the table after the round, and you can use it to re-bet or place a new wager. Some Blackjack variations act differently when a Push occurs, such as Spanish 21.
Winning Hand Pays $1 Bet Pays Regular Hand 1:1 $2 ($1+$1) Blackjack 3:2 $2.5 ($1+$1.5) Insurance 2:1 $3 ($1+$2) Tie $1
Basic Strategies and Tips
For the best odds, always split your cards when you have a pair of Aces. Blackjack experts also agreed that a good rule of thumb is to split a pair of eights, as starting with a hand of 16 is considered weak. By splitting, you've made it impossible to go bust on your first card.
Your Hand When to Split vs the Dealer 2's, 3's 4 through 7 4's, 5's, 10's Never 6's 3 through 6 7's 2 through 7 8's Always 9's 2 through 6 and 8 or 9 Aces Always
A good strategy is to double down whenever you have been dealt cards totaling 9, 10 or 11 and the dealer's face-up card is lower than a 10. And remember, if you have an Ace, you can't bust as it counts as a 1 or 11.
Your Hand Double if Dealer’s Face-Up Card is: 9 3 to 6 10 2 to 9 11 2 to 10 A and 2 5, 6 A and 3 5, 6 A and 4, 5 4, 5, 6 A and 6 3 to 6 A and 7 2 to 6 A and 8 6
You can use this move to forfeit half your bet instead of losing the whole amount. It may seem like a loser's choice, but when used correctly can save you money in the long run. Remember you can only use it at the beginning, so if you've decided to Hit, Stand or any other action, you won't be able to use this option.
It's a good idea to surrender when your hand has:
- 9 and a 7.
- 10 and a 6.
- And the Dealer's face-up card is a 9, 10 or Ace.
You should also surrender when you have a 15, and you can see if the dealer's face-up card is a 10.
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How to win at Blackjack?
To win at Blackjack, you need to beat the dealer. By either having a higher total hand, causing the dealer to go bust or getting a Blackjack as your first two cards.
Is it possible to count cards in online Blackjack?
The short answer is no. This is because unlike Blackjack in a brick and mortar casino, online Blackjack is played with a Random Number Generator (RNG), and the digital deck is reshuffled after every hand. This means that it's impossible to count cards when playing Blackjack online.
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