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Understanding blackjack online rules will get you going in no time. Also known as 21, blackjack’s basic strategy is to have a hand value closer to 21 than that of the dealer and not going over 21!


How to play Blackjack? Let’s start with the card values. All numbered cards, 2 – 10, are worth the equivalent of their displayed values, while all royal Jack, Queen and King cards equal 10 points and the sought-after Ace, 1 or 11 points.  


When you play blackjack online, the dealer deals two cards to the player and themselves. At this point the player can do the following to try and get their hand closer to, but not over, 21:


  • Hit: You request another card.
  • Stand: You end your turn, when confident with your hand.
  • Double Down: You request another card and double your bet but can’t hit again.
  • Split: You split your first two cards, that are of the same value, into two separate hands.


If the player’s hand value is 21, or closer to 21 than the dealer’s, or if the dealer’s total is over 21, the player wins. But if both have the same value, the result is a push, or a tie, and the player gets to keep the original bet.


Once you know how to play online blackjack, you can sneak a peek at Lucky Nugget’s line-up of titles. And as with the other casino games, there’s a blackjack online game to suit every level and preference.


  • Classic Online Blackjack: Played with up to 8 decks, the dealer will stand on a soft 17, and you can split pairs and double down on any two cards.
  • European Blackjack: Played with 2 decks, the dealer does not peek for Blackjack, and you can double down on hand totals of 9, 10 or 11.
  • Atlantic City Blackjack: Played with 8 decks, late surrender is allowed, and you can double down on any two cards.
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack: Played with 4 decks, the dealer will stand on soft 17, you can double down on any two cards, and late surrender is allowed.


These are just a few examples of the blackjack games that you can play for real money, and since it’s considered easy to learn, but harder to master, playing online blackjack in NZ means that you can play at your own pace, without the pressure you’d find at a land-based establishment. Just pick a blackjack online casino game to get started.


To play blackjack online, players will try to beat the dealer's hand without surpassing a total of 21. The game typically uses one or more standard decks of 52 cards. Here are the basic rules of playing online blackjack for real money:


  • The player and the dealer are dealt two cards each.
  • The player will have face up cards, while one of the cards from the dealer will be face down.
  • The player can choose to hit (receive another card) or stand (keep their current hand).
  • If the player's hand exceeds 21, they bust and lose the round.
  • The dealer must hit until their hand reaches a total of 17 or higher.
  • The player wins if their hand is closer to 21 than the dealer's without exceeding 21.
  • A two-card hand totalling 21 is called a blackjack and typically pays out at higher odds.



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With cross-device accessibility, a casino account makes it possible for you to play blackjack online or on mobile, on iOS or Android, via browser or app.


So, you can get in on the blackjack casino action wherever you go, whenever you want. The virtual and live casino titles alike have been optimised for all devices, which means you can navigate, interact and play the same way across them all, without compromising your gaming experience.


But it’s not just gaming that’s a pleasure on your smartphone. Banking’s made easy too. Simply swipe, tap and get your transactions sorted without any hassle – in your time.


Whatever device you choose for your journey, one thing’s for sure, you’ll be ready in no time to play online blackjack in NZ for real money.


When playing at a blackjack online casino, there are several terms, besides hit, stand, double down and split, that you should be familiar with to better understand the game:


  • Push: When the player and the dealer have the same total, resulting in a tie and the player's bet being returned.
  • Surrender: To forfeit half of the original bet after the initial two cards are dealt, giving up the hand and ending the round early.
  • Soft Hand: A hand containing an Ace that can be counted as either 1 or 11 without busting.
  • Hard Hand: A hand without an Ace or a hand where the Ace can only be counted as 1 without busting.
  • Hole Card: The dealer's facedown card that is not revealed until the player has completed their hand.
  • Bust: When a player's hand exceeds a total of 21, resulting in an automatic loss.
  • Insurance: A side bet that can be placed when the dealer's face-up card is an Ace, offering protection against the possibility of the dealer having a blackjack.


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Where will I find Lucky Nugget’s online blackjack games? Drop Down Arrow

Once you’re logged in to play, simply look for the game tabs underneath the promotional display area and click on Tables for virtual titles and Live Casino for real dealer options.

Is it hard to learn how to play blackjack online? Drop Down Arrow

Once you know the basic online blackjack rules, you’ll catch on fast!

Will applying basic blackjack strategy guarantee a win? Drop Down Arrow

Unfortunately, no. Ultimately online blackjack is still a game of chance.

What happens if I play blackjack online and I lose connection? Drop Down Arrow

No need to worry. The game will automatically pause and resume once you’re connected again.

Can I play blackjack online for real money? Drop Down Arrow

Yes, you can play online blackjack in NZ for real money right here at Lucky Nugget Casino.

Where can I play online blackjack in New Zealand? Drop Down Arrow

There are various titles on offer at fully licensed and regulated casinos, and Lucky Nugget is one of them!

Is blackjack online more skill or luck? Drop Down Arrow

Blackjack online requires a combination of skill and luck, but skill can potentially improve your chances of winning.

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Yes, Lucky Nugget is a legitimate blackjack online casino that is fully licensed, safe and secure.