Online Blackjack

blackjackThe aim of Blackjack is to ensure that the value of your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s. You do this by drawing more cards from the deck. Just make sure you don’t go over the 21 threshold though, as you’ll go bust and therefore lose automatically.

There are two main ways of winning:

  • Ensure the value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealer.
  • Play it safe by deciding to stick with your hand and hope that the dealer ends up going bust (generally speaking they won’t be able to stick on anything less than 17).

Note:
Kings, Queens and Jacks are all worth 10
Aces should be treated as being worth either 11 or 1

Playing Blackjack

Once you’ve placed your bet, you will dealt two cards face down. The dealer will also be dealt two cards although one of these will be turned face up for you to see. From here, you have a number of options:

  • Blackjack:- If the two cards you’ve been dealt are an Ace (valued at 11) and any of the cards worth 10 (picture cards or any of the four 10s), then you have Blackjack and you will be paid 2.5x your original stake.

For those times that you aren’t dealt a natural Blackjack, you will need to decide which of the following tactics to employ:

  • Stand:- If you don’t want to draw any more cards and are happy with your hand’s overall value then simply elect to ‘Stand’ and let the action pass to the next player at the table.
  • Hit:- When your hand’s value is low, you can choose to draw another card from the pack or ‘Hit.’ There is no limit to the number of times that you can choose to hit, but remember that the moment you go over 21 your hand is bust.
  • Stand:- If you don’t want to draw any more cards and are happy with your hand’s overall value then simply elect to ‘Stand’ and let the action pass to the next player at the table.

Once you’ve decided to stand, the dealer will reveal his/her second card. The dealer must hit on hands worth 16 or less and stand on hands worth 17.

If the dealer busts, then you win automatically. If not, then you must wait for the dealer to stand and the player who is closest to 21, will win the hand.

Splitting

splitting-online-blackjackOn the occasions that you are dealt a pair as your opening cards, you can choose to ‘split’ your hand.

When you do this, your stake is doubled and the two cards are divided. You then continue to play each of your cards as separate hands independant of each other. Therefore, even though one hand might go bust, you could still win on the other.

Generally speaking, players are only allowed to split their opening cards. However, this rule is sometimes changed depending on the house rules.

Doubling

When playing Blackjack, you are generally allowed the chance to ‘Double’ when your hand reaches a certain value. If you decide to take this option, your original stake will be doubled and you will be dealt one more card and then forced to stand.

Generally speaking, your hand value needs to be between 9 and 11 in order for you to be able to do this, but again check the rules of the site you’re playing out to make sure you know where you stand.

Insurance

When the dealer is dealt an Ace face up, you may well be offered the opportunity to purchase ‘Insurance’ against the dealer obtaining a natural Blackjack.

If you decide to take up this offer, you will be asked to place additional chips worth half of your original stake on to the table.

On those occasions where the dealer does end up with Blackjack, you will lose your original stake but be paid out on your insurance, which works out at 2x the stake. Basically you walk away with neither a win or a loss.

If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, you will lose your insurance but the game will continue normally with your original stake.

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