Online Blackjack

Irrespective of whether you are playing table blackjack at a land based casino, or playing online casino blackjack, the rules are pretty much the same. To begin each player including the dealer is dealt 2 cards. Each player plays against the dealers hand only. If you have a hand value nearer 21 than the dealer has (without exceeding 21), you will win your hand. Obviously the object of the game is to have a hand value as near 21 as possible, without exceeding 21. However for expert players this is NOT true as his object is simply to beat the Dealer.

The best hand to have is "Blackjack" with your first two cards. This made of an ace and a ten value card. Should you receive Blackjack you will be paid three chips for every two that you have played unless the dealer also has blackjack.

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Blackjack Rules:

  • As the player you determine when to get Hit (be dealt another card) and when to Stand (Stop being dealt cards).
  • There are fixed rules for the dealer with regards to his play. He has to Hit until he reaches seventeen or more.
  • Each player, who's hand value is less than or is 21, and which is greater than that of the dealer's value, wins an amount equal to his wager.
  • However should the dealer have a hand value less than or equal to 21 and greater that any player's value, the player loses his bet.
  • Should both the dealer and the player have the same hand value it is then called "push". This is neither a win nor lost.
  • Should you go over 21 it is called a "Bust" and you lose your bet. This is when the dealer has his greatest advantaged over the players.
  • However as the player you have the advantage of playing flexible as you have four options. You get to determine when to hit, when to stand, when to split (when you play 2 separate hands) and when to double down (double your wager in a favorable situation).
  • Should your first to cards that you are dealt be of equal value, you may "Split". Keep in mind that all face cards and tens are of equal value. Effectively when you split you play two individual hands. You play out of your right hand first followed by the play of the left hand. Should an ace be drawn to a split ten is NOT a blackjack. However, the only way a dealer may beat any hand of 21 is by him being dealt a blackjack.
  • On a hand which consists of two cards you may "Double Down", therefore you double your original wager. You are only dealt one additional card to your hand when you double down. There are those casinos that restrict the double down option by not allowing you to double down either when you have split and/or only permitting when your two card hands total ten or eleven. When doubling your wager in a favorable situation, this can add to your advantage. It is therefore advisable to find casinos that have the least restrictive "double Down" rules of play.
  • When the dealer has an ace showing, the insurance option is merely another form of wager that is offered to the players. When taking the insurance option you are betting that the dealer has a blackjack. The bet cost of the insurance option is one-half of your original wager. Should the dealer indeed have blackjack, your payoff is two-to-one. A two-to-one payoff on a wager that is one-half your original wager is an amount equal to your original wager. Therefore, should you win the insurance bet, the dealer will simply pay you by leaving your original wager on the table.


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