Playing blackjack online allows you to experience the thrill of the most widely played card game in the world at the touch of a button, wherever and whenever you want. As blackjack is one of the most iconic table games of all time, we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality player experience via your laptop, tablet or mobile device. Whether you’re a blackjack novice or a seasoned player, we offer plenty of different variations for your to enjoy, including:
First-Person Blackjack: Played to the normal rues, the player must try to make the best hand possible without exceeding 21. Two cards are dealt to the player and dealer, with an insurance bet available in case the dealer receives an ace.
VIP Blackjack: This variant is played with eight decks and allows for up to seven different hands at a time, subject to how many seats are available at the table. The goal is to get a higher card count than the dealer, without exceeding 21. The dealer must stand on 17 and draw to 16.
White Blackjack: As a variant of the classic game, this involves eight decks. The dealer stands on 17 and draws on 16, while players can double on any two initial cards and split those of the same value. You can also judge whether to allow players to bet behind you or not.
The objective of any blackjack variants is to get your cards to add up to 21 - or as close as possible - without exceeding that figure, or going ‘bust’. The game is played against a dealer, who also receives two cards.
Picture cards (i.e. Jacks, Queens and Kings) all hold a value of 10 in blackjack. If players get blackjack (21) in the first hand of two cards - perhaps due to a picture card and ace - they’ll often be rewarded with a bonus, subject to the variant and house rules.
If players decide to hit, they’ll need to keep their card value below or equivalent to 21, otherwise they go ‘bust’ and the dealer wins. Whoever has the highest card value equal to or less than 21 will win the hand. If card values are equal, the bet is ‘pushed’ to the next hand, meaning the stake is returned.
Blackjack is one of the easiest card games to play, meaning it’s popular with novice and experience bettors alike. Before the cards are dealt, each player must place a bet that meets the table minimum, which varies depending on the variant and house rules. They’ll then be dealt two cards and based on the card values, must decide whether to stand or hit.
The dealer also gets two cards and can decide whether to stand or hit once players have had their final turn. Depending on the blackjack variant, the dealer will then show aces (which are valued at 11 or one depending on the other cards) and offer insurance if an ace is dealt within the first two cards.
If players are initially dealt two of the same cards - for example, a pair of threes - some variants may offer the chance to ‘split’ the cards, which means players have two hands and are dealt another card for each. This provides a better chance of beating the dealer’s final total and offers a higher winning potential. There are plenty of tips for playing blackjack available for those who want to learn more about the different variants.
As one of the oldest and most popular card games, players have developed and refined plenty of basic blackjack strategies over the years. These can include advice on knowing when to hit and when to stand, which variants yield the highest winning potential, and information about how the dealer works. Some of the basic blackjack strategies that may increase your chances of winning are as follows:
Double down on a hard 11. This strategy involves doubling your bet if you get a hard 11 (which is when the first two cards add up to 11) - which, because of the number of cards valued at 10 in the deck, significantly increases the odds of getting 21 and therefore winning.
Splitting pairs of eights and aces. Some players look at the dealer’s up card before deciding to split, but general advice is to always split a pair of eights or aces, regardless of what the dealer is holding. That’s because playing two hands that have a high initial card value should increase your chances of success.
Never split a pair of fives or 10s. A pair of fives add up to a hard 10, while a pair of 10s add up to 20. Both put you in a very strong position and even though splitting 10s may typically result in a running hand, standing on a 20 gives you an even greater chance of beating the dealer.
If you’re looking to add some extra excitement when playing card games online, we recommend giving first person blackjack a go. Played to normal blackjack rules, the speed and initiation of the game is controlled by the players and there’s no live dealer to contend with. As with normal blackjack, once your two cards have been dealt, you can either choose to stand, hit, split or double. Up to five playable hands are available and you can also place side bets to up the ante.
Regardless of which blackjack variant you play or which strategy you opt for, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time trying to beat the dealer!
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