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How to Play Online Blackjack

Blackjack is known to be the only skill-based game in a casino full of games based on chance, however not everybody is the Rainman. It requires a lot of skill, practice and strategic thinking to outdo the dealer. Blackjack is a very simple game, with many variations. The game is generally played with one or more decks, mostly six or eight, with the objective of achieving a hand with points that total in 21 or are closest to it, but without exceeding it. The game is popularly known as 21 in Nevada. Another game in Great Britain is also known as Black Jack which although is a card game but is very different to this one. As the rules vary from casino to casino, it is important to understand the regulations of the game prior to playing.

The Basics

Blackjack is played either with one deck or more, sometimes the dealers remove some cards, so that it is more difficult for the player to count them.  Cards from 2 to 10 hold their face value, jacks, queens and kings are worth 10 points and the value of ace is either 1 or 11, depending on the casino. Blackjack offers an even-money pay off in all cases except for when you hit a total of 21 points on two cards, in which case you win 3-2. However, if the dealer too strikes a 21 with two cards then you will receive your original bet back.

Blackjack Hand

The Table

Single or double deck games are played by hands, whereas with more decks the cards are placed in a receptacle, better known as the shoe. The blackjack table mostly has space for up to eight players that are seated around an arc-shaped table with the dealer sitting in the center at the other end. Every blackjack table at the casino has a placard in a corner that displays the minimum and maximum amount of bet along with the rule variations.

The Blackjack Table


Players are asked to make wagers before the cards are dealt, after which the players are dealt two cards that are faced up or faced down, again depending on the casino, and the dealer gets two cards one faced up and the other faced down. After viewing the cards, the player then decides whether he'd like to be dealt another card, in order to get closer to 21 without risking exceeding it or "busting" as the term is known. Once all the players have made their plays, the dealer then turns the other card face up and as a rule must draw another card if the total number of both cards is below 16, and should stand if the count is 17 or above.

Specific Hands

There are a number of terminologies for certain outcomes and courses of actions, these are explained as follows:

1. Hit

This happens when you decide to take another card in order to get closer to 21. For instance if you have a hand of say  4 and 5 then your total of 9 leaves room to get closer to 21 without going bust.

2. Stand

This means that you are opting out of drawing any more cards, either because you don't wish to risk a bust or believe that your current total is high enough to land a winning hand.

3. Double Down

You can also opt to double your current bet after viewing your cards, however it means that you can only draw one more card. Many casinos offer double down only if the total of your current hand is 10 or 11.

4. Split

Split means that both your cards are of the same denomination and you are given the option of playing them separately, and so you will be playing two different hands. For instance if you have a pair of six's then you can chose to split them in two hands and draw another card for one six, play that hand and then move on to the other six.

5. Insurance

This applies in the case that dealer has ace as the face up card, increasing the chances of a total of 21 or blackjack with the card face down. Insurance is generally equal to half of the original bet, so on a bet of $20 you will be paying an insurance of $10. So even if the dealer has a blackjack, you will receive a 2-1 payoff.

These are just the basics of playing blackjack, many casinos have their own variations and rules. For instance, some casinos may not offer double down in case of splitting cards, or late surrenders. You will need to check with the casino or dealer to make sure that you fully understand the rules of that particular table.


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