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Welcome to our Online Blackjack page dedicated to all of our casino players. Below we have a brief explanation of how the game works, a list of the different styles of Blackjack played around the world and a quick explanation of why the odds in Online Blackjack favour the player more so than other Online Casino Games. Online Blackjack is one of the few online casino games that offers players the chance to use a strategy to beat the house! Decisions players make at the table actually affect their chances of winning and the draw of the cards. No other casino game (on or offline) offers this level of strategic game play. This has ensured that Online Blackjack will always be a major draw card (if you excuse the pun) in any casino.
How Online Blackjack is Played
Online Blackjack is a game that is played between the individual players and the virtual dealer in the software. The object of the game is the same as in offline Blackjack in which the player has to get their cards to total to as close to 21 as possible. If the total does go over 21 then the player goes bust and automatically loses.
The game starts when the player is dealt two cards face up and the dealer two cards, one card face up and one card face down and hidden. Once the player has received their cards they can choose to take another card to increase the cards total to closer to 21 or they can stand and choose not to take any more cards. The dealer will then receive cards until they either have a total of 17 – 21 (they will stand if they reach this) or until they bust – whatever comes first!
Blackjack is an easy game to play, but a difficult game to master. It is a game that has made those who know and understand its intricacies lifelong fans of the game. It has also made more than a few players extremely wealthy...
In Blackjack the aim is to beat the dealer without busting. Blackjack players busts when their cards total more than 21. The winner is the person (player or dealer) that finishes closest to or on 21 when the card values are added up. The card values are as follows:
Ace = 1 or 11 (players choice)
Two = 2
Three = 3
Four = 4
Five = 5
Six = 6
Seven = 7
Eight = 8
Nine = 9
Ten = 10
Jack = 10
Queen = 10
King = 10
To start the game off the dealer shuffles the decks of cards together and places them in what is called the Shoe. Players must then place their Blackjack bets and are then dealt two cards face up. The dealer also gets 2 cards, one card face up and one face down. Each player must decide to stay or take another card to get closer to 21 without busting. Players who do not bust wait for the dealer to turn over the face down card.
On a card value of 17 or higher the dealer must stay and on 16 or lower the dealer must draw another card. If the dealer matches the highest card total on the table it is called a Push and the hand is replayed. The dealer wins if he has the highest card total at the table.
Important Note: Players who make the total of 21 with the first two cards they are dealt win with a Blackjack.
Different Styles of Blackjack from around the World
The following styles of Online Blackjack are popular around the world:
- Regular Online Blackjack
- Spanish 21 Online Blackjack
- Double Exposure Online Blackjack
- Single Deck Online Blackjack
- Online Blackjack Switch
- Online Tournament Blackjack
Most of these options are available in our Microgaming Online Casino Software in one form or another.
The History of Blackjack
The first mention of Blackjack in any form can be traced back to some of the more popular casinos in France during the early 1700's. However, it was not until 100 years later that the game of Blackjack truly took off when it was introduced to America by European immigrants.
We've added some Blackjack Tips to this page so as to help new Blackjack players with their game play. This is by no means a comprehensive list and more experienced players will most probably have many more to add to this list of Blackjack Tips.
- Know your game!!! Different online Blackjack games have different rules. Ensure you know EXACTLY what the table rules are
and how they work.
- Always keep an eye on how much you are betting! This might sound like common sense, but many new players overextend themselves.
NEVER chase a loss! The general rule of thumb is when winning bet slightly more and when losing bet slightly less.
- Always hold at seventeen unless neither you nor the dealer has a low card showing and you are up. This tip is extremely
important, but it must be remembered that if a player already has a two or a three, chances of another low card diminish
- Only play online Blackjack when you can give the game 100% of your attention. Players need to make the best possible Blackjack
game call for each hand.
- Only double down if you have a minimum of one face card and the dealer's hand looks weak. Doubling down might get you a
higher payout, but can devastate your pocket if executed incorrectly.