Playing Blackjack Online

Just as no casino is complete without slot machines, no casino is complete without offering blackjack, one of the classic and most popular table games. While a deceptively simple game, it also requires some basic strategy to increase your odds of winning.

The aim when playing blackjack is to achieve a score of 21, or get as close to it as possible without going over it (known as busting). If you get a higher score than the dealer without busting, the payout is 1:1. The payout for getting a natural or “blackjack” is 3:2, which pays if you get a two-card 21.

At the beginning of the game players get dealt two cards face up and they will have the option of taking another card (known as hitting), or not taking a card (standing) on their current score. The cards numbered 2 to 10 are worth their face value i.e. 10 is worth 10, 9 is 9, etc. Face cards (jacks, queens and kings) are worth 10 points, while the ace can either be worth 1 or 11.

When Playing Online Blackjack more advanced options include doubling down, which doubles your bet but only permits you to take one additional card. Splitting pairs is another option, which allows you to split your cards into two separate hands. While you can hit and stand with any total you’re satisfied with, the dealer must continue to take cards until they have at least 17.

Every major online casino will have a version of blackjack you can play. Blackjack can either be played directly through a downloadable casino client or in a browser without needing to download anything.

Many online casinos also allow you to play live dealer blackjack games. These seek to emulate the real blackjack game as you can actually see the dealer through a live video stream. You will need to set up an account at the casino and make a deposit to play any online blackjack games for real money.

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