An introduction to blackjack
Blackjack is, without a doubt, one of the most popular table games you’ll find on both brick & mortar and online casinos. Also known as twenty-one, blackjack is a game of strategy and skills as it’s not solely reliant on luck. This game offers an incredible low house advantage and interestingly, it is easy to learn and master the different winning strategies. By practicing more, you gain an advantage over the opponent, which is the casino.
Although playing offline blackjack has its own set of benefits, online blackjack seems a better option that has become popular for a number of reasons. Well, read on to find out.
Why blackjack is popular online
How to play online blackjack
First off, you need to understand the card values in the deck. Well, they are defined as follows:
An ace (1 or 11 points)
Face Card (10 points)
2-10 cards (Face Value)
Placing your bet
You’ll need to place a bet based on the table limits (maximum and minimum bet), in order to receive 2 cards from the dealer. The dealer also distributes 2 cards to herself/ himself. One card is displayed face down, while the other is turned face up for you to see. In this step, you’ll need to check out your card and determine your score to be sure of what strategy to use.
Key strategies new players should know
When it comes to the basic blackjack strategies, every new player should master when to hit, stand, double down and split. Well, your present score will help determine if you should take an additional card (Hit), take no more cards (Stand), double the size of your bet by taking one more card (Double down), or split cards with an exact pair (Split).
If you get a hand lower than the dealer or simply go bust (exceed 21 at any time), then the dealer wins.
When to hit, stand
Score 2-11 — Hit
Score 12-16 — hit if the dealer has 8+, stand if he/she has 2-7
Hard total 17+ — stand
Soft total 17 — Stand if the dealer’s hand is showing 8+
Soft total 18 — stand if the dealer’s hand is showing 9+
Any score of 19+ — Stand
Splitting, doubling down
Always split Aces and 8’s, and avoid the 5’s and 10’s as you can easily ruin a great hand of 20.
Any total of 11 — double
Any total of 10 — double unless the dealer’s hand is showing 2-8
When to insure against blackjack
Only if dealer’s face up card is an Ace
Now you’re ready to start practicing! Be sure to take advantage of the above key blackjack strategies for an optimal gaming experience.