Online Casino Blackjack

How to Play Online Blackjack

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Starting as a variation of Twenty-One or Vingt-Un, Blackjack has been played in some form for centuries across the world. Now the most widely played banking game in casinos on the planet, Blackjack pits players up against the dealer in a race to 21. Just simply decide to "hit" or "stand" your way to a win, while also avoiding a "bust." Players control their own destiny in this popular table game.

Blackjack at Online Casinos

Arguably considered to be the most opportune casino game, Blackjack will always be available to play online. For its favorable odds and convenience, any online casino user has access to all the variations of Blackjack — including playing with/against live dealers.

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How to Play Online Casino Blackjack

When users play online casino Blackjack, they can expect the same rules to apply in comparison to playing casino Blackjack. The dealer deals two cards to themselves and the user. The user can see their two cards while the dealer reveals their second card once the user decides what to do with their current hand. 

A Dealer & Game in Live Online Blackjack

The three terms used in Blackjack are “hit,” “stay,” or “fold.” Meaning that the user chooses to be dealt another card (or multiple cards), stay with their current hand, or withdraw from the game, respectively. 

Blackjack Game Terms Outcome/Meaning
Hit (wave hand towards yourself) Requesting a new card
Stay (wave hand over table) Declining a new card
Fold Withdrawing 

To win the game, the user needs their cards to add up and equal 21 or close to it. If the cards total over 21, it is an automatic loss and is referred to as a “Bust.” The user then decides to bet or pass before the outcome of the game is decided. Additionally, the goal of Blackjack is to end up with a higher hand than the dealer.

Here's what a round of Blackjack looks like:

  • The dealer plays against everyone at the table, while each player only faces off against the dealer. You could have up to six other players at a Blackjack table with you, but the only other cards that matter besides your own are the dealer's.
  • The game starts with everyone at the table, besides the dealer, placing a bet. Then, the dealer hands out one card faced up to each player, and one card faced up to themselves. Then, everyone at the table receives a second card faced up, besides the dealer, whose second card is presented faced down.
  • From there, if your cards don't add up to exactly 21, you have to decide whether to "hit" and receive another card or "stand" and stay with your current two cards. If you hit 21 immediately, you win 1.5x your bet. There's no limit to how many cards you can ask for, but just make sure you don't get too greedy and potentially "bust" over 21.
  • Once the dealer has gone to each player around the table, they flip over their face-down card. If their cards combine to 16 or under, they have to draw another card, but if it's 17 or higher, they have to stay with their hand.
  • If the dealer "busts," everyone at the table that's still in the round wins 2x their bet. But if they don't "bust," then only the players with a higher hand than theirs wins 2x their bet and everyone else loses their initial bet.

While some players may experience good fortune, Blackjack is not a game of luck — it's one of numbers. There are strategies with the "best move" for a player based on the likelihood of outcomes.

The wisest move depends on the Blackjack variation and number of decks in play

Card Values in Blackjack

Numeric Cards 2-10 = Face value

Cards within the range of 2 to 10 are straightforward in Blackjack — the number you see is the same as the card value.

Cards 2 through 10 are worth face value

Jacks, Queens, and Kings = 10

"Royalty" cards are worth 10 apiece.

Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10

Aces = 1 or 11

An "A" or Ace has a dynamic value. It can be played as a 1 or an 11 — making it a valuable flex factor in the game.

An Ace can be valued as 1 or 11, depending on a players hand

Real Money Blackjack 

As its name suggests, real money Blackjack requires users to bet using their own money. Additionally, users can choose between online Blackjack or live dealer online Blackjack, which mimics a real casino Blackjack experience through a live dealer.

Real money Blackjack is offered in several variations and contains a slightly different set of rules.

Real Money Blackjack Variations

  • Classic Blackjack — Variation that follows the classic rules of Blackjack. Certain additions such as the dealer being required to hit or stand when their hand equals 17 or more (Soft 17) or the number of decks being used will be used at times. Beginners will often play the classic version before venturing out. 
  • European Blackjack Follows the same rules with two exceptions. The users are allowed to split their cards one time and that their decision has to be made before the dealer reveals their second card. 

  • Blackjack Switch — A newer variation in which users are dealt two hands and are given the option to swap their cards for a greater chance at winning.
  • Free Blackjack — Users will often begin with free Blackjack to get accustomed to the rules before trying real money Blackjack. Furthermore, free Blackjack can be played through most real money Blackjack variations with some exceptions. 

Strategy in Online Blackjack

Strategy in Blackjack is about making accurate mathematical decisions. It is possible to mathematically determine which decision gives you the best chance of winning a hand in any given situation, which players refer to as "the rules." The rules work because there are a fixed number of cards in the deck (or set of decks), and therefore a finite number of possible card combinations that can be dealt.

Blackjack Online Casino Bonuses 

Playing online Blackjack also comes with certain benefits in the form of bonuses and promotions. Here are some common bonuses that users are offered:

Match Bonus — The user’s deposit is matched by the online casino upon registration. 

No Deposit Bonus Users are given money by the online casino before actually depositing their own money to play. 

VIP Bonus Incentives set for users who bet the most money that include access to exclusive events and games.

Reload BonusUsers are given a percentage of their deposits at the discretion of the online casino. 

Weekly Bonus Promotions that are available over a certain period of time. 

Welcome Bonus — Usually a small amount of money is given to the user upon registering for an online Blackjack casino.

Key Terms to Know in Blackjack

Blackjack

The winning term for when the user or dealer is dealt a hand that equals 21.

Double

Users double their bets if they are confident the next card dealt will give them a win.

Even Money

Referred to as insurance if the dealer reveals an ace before flipping their next card over. In the event of the dealer also getting blackjack, the user still wins the same amount as the dealer.

First Base

The user who is to the left of the dealer decides first during a game. 

Hit

When the user wants to be dealt another card.

Hole Card

The dealer’s face-down card. 

Split

The user has the option to split their cards into two hands if they are dealt duplicate cards. 

Soft 17

A hand that equals 17 (Ace & 6) that the dealer is required to act on depending on the game type. 

Surrender

Similar to folding, the user has a chance to retain half of their bet depending on the game type.

Upcard

The dealer’s card that is revealed to the user. 

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