Online Blackjack is a very popular game in casinos worldwide and if you have never played blackjack, you have at least inevitably heard of it !
Even though there are strategies to work out, the basic rules of the game are very simple and anyone can set up to blackjack ! And if you wish to do so, you will find below the rules and the terminology of this exciting games :
Concerning online blackjack games, you play against the bank. The number you have to remember when playing blackjack is 21. Indeed, the aim is to get as close as possible to 21 or to have precisely 21, without exceeding it and this, while still obtaining a higher hand then the croupier (casino cashier). If the player exceeds 21 it is said to be a "bust" and he looses his initial bet.
To count the points obtained in a hand is easy : your cards from 2 to 10 have their own value, for example a 5 gives you 5 points. The picture cards (jacks, queens, kings) all have the same value of 10 points. And an Ace can give you either 11 points or just 1 point; it is up to you to choose which will go best with your hand in order to win !
The player has to place his bet in the centre of the circle using his tokens. The dealer then gives two visible cards to the player and takes two cards for himself : one is face up, the other is face down.
- If those two first cards are an Ace and a card with value of 10, it is the perfect hand and the player has what we call a Blackjack. He will win once and a half the amount he has wagered (3 : 2), unless the dealer also has a blackjack !
- If the player doesn't continue playing and the dealer overpasses 21 (Burst), the player wins the round.
- If none of the player nor the dealer overpass 21, the hand with the highest value wins the round.
- The player having no blackjack during the first deal can choose to continue drawing cards by clicking "hit", and therefore try to get as close as possible to 21, without over-passing this number !
- The dealer has stricter rules : He must continue drawing cards if the total of his hand is of 16 points or less. And he is allowed to stop playing only if his total is, or exceeds, 17 points.
The Blackjack words you absolutely have to know before starting to play :
Take a new card.
Stop taking cards.
Here, the player will double the amount he has wagered initially and will split his two first-draw cards to make two different hands. This can only happen when the two first cards have the same value (for example a pair of 8s, or a king and a queen etc.). In a split hand, an Ace and a 10 are equal to 21 and the hand isn't considered to be a blackjack.
The player doubles his initial wagered amount considering his two first-drawn cards and he can only receive one more card during the round. This option is not available if the player has a blackjack (21).
When the dealer's visible card is an Ace, the player can play and buy an insurance : he has to add the price of half of the initial bet. A player can play and buy this insurance when he thinks that the face-down card belonging to the dealer is a 10 (or has the value of 10). If the dealer does have a blackjack, the player, who had thankfully taken an insurance, will receive twice the amount he paid for the insurance !
If the dealer does not have a blackjack, the insurance is lost and the game goes on. A blackjack (21 with the first-drawn two cards) beats a hand with a total of 21 made out of three or more cards.
There are many different versions of Blackjack, for example at Casino splendido you will find an incredible panel of games like the "Gold Series". Delightful for all those Blackjack players who like variety !
Despite this diversity, for all the different blackjack games , the basic rules stay the same. It is only in the details that you will find differences and you will always find a "help" section to put you back on track if you are lost.
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