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Online Blackjack Rules and Strategy

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games today because of it's fast pace, great odds and because it gives players a real chance to play the game the way that they want to.

Blackjack Rules

Playing blackjack is simple to do. The basic idea of the game is that you have to try and get the total of your cards as close to 21 as possible without going over. Players start off with two cards face up, and the dealer starts with one card face up and one card face down. The player can choose to Stand (not receive any more cards), Hit (get the next card from the deck) or on their first go they can also double (this doubles their bet and gives them one only extra card). The player can keep hitting until they decide to stand, or they bust.

If the dealers face-up card is an Ace, the player can purchase insurance. This is a bet equal to half of their bet on the table, and pays 2 to 1 if the dealer gets blackjack. if the dealer doesn't get blackjack, the insurance bet is lost.

If the players hand starts off with two cards of the same face value, the player can split these into two hands and play these two hands separately. This means that the player must add another bet to the table. The player receives cards for both hands, and plays both hands in turn.

After the player has finished playing their hand, the dealer takes their turn at playing their hand. In most casino blackjack games, the dealer must buy to 16 and sit on 17 and over. It's these set rules for the dealer that give blackjack a great competitive edge over some other casino games.

Blackjack Strategy Tips

  • Double when you have two starting cards that equal 11. This is because there's a very good chance that the next card will be a 10, so doubling your bet will give the best odds to win more from that hand.
  • Most of the time, purchasing insurance doesn't help to improve your chances of winning. Insurance bets are usually lost and are another way that the casinos have introduced to maximize their takings on the game.
  • When splitting, it is usually not recommended to split cards that aren't a pair of 10's or Aces'. Splitting smaller value cards is a risky proposition.
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