Blackjack is one of the most popular and exciting of all the online games that are available. It is easy to play and it offers great payouts.
The Rules of Blackjack
Blackjack is a card game played with anywhere from a single deck of cards and up to 8 decks of cards. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer. The player is dealt two cards by the dealer, the winner of the game is the person whose cards combined total as close as possible to 21 without exceeding the 21 points. If your hand goes over the 21 points, then you bust and automatically lose.
There are many different variations of the game of Blackjack and many other card games that have been inspired by it.
The number cards in the game of Blackjack retain their value, the King Queen and Jack all have a value of 10, while an Ace can be worth either an 11 or a 1.
Playing Blackjack Online
To start playing the player places his bet and is then dealt two face up cards. The dealer is dealt one face up card and one face down. If you receive a 10 and an Ace you will have an automatic Blackjack and win the game. If you do not have an automatic Blackjack then you must play your hand.
Playing your Blackjack Hand
After examining both your hand and that of the dealer, the player has a number of choices he can make.
Stand- This is where the player takes no more cards and the dealer plays his hand.
Hit- Ask for another card
Double Down – Double your bet and receive one more card
Split- If your first two cards are the same denomination you can split them into two separate hands
Surrender- Forfeit half your bet and lose the hand
Winning at Blackjack
There are many different Blackjack strategies that are said to give the player a better chance of winning and reducing the house edge. The Blackjack strategy chart is possibly the most useful piece of strategy the player may need as it details the move that the player should make depending on the cards that he has been dealt.