Our blackjack guide has everything a player needs to know to get started along with a few tips on the basic strategy. The game might seem a bit confusing and overwhelming to some because of its pace but our guide will get you started playing real money online blackjack before you even know it.


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Blackjack: History

The casino card game ‘Blackjack’ got its name from the black of spades for the Ace and the Jack. Blackjack, believed to be originated from of Vingt et Un, might have been developed in the early 17th century in France. The main goal in Blackjack is to get a total of 21 to win; you can get a better payout if you get the natural Blackjack. Today Blackjack is popular in places like North America, Australia, Europe and the UK. Blackjack is offered in both land-based as well as online casinos.

General Information before Playing Online Blackjack

  • Blackjack in the online casinos is played with one to eight decks of cards.
  • The cards from 2 through 10 all have their face value.
  • The Ace, in Blackjack, can be an eleven or a one depending on the type of hand it would make.
  • The remaining cards, including the jack, queen and the king, have a face value of 10.
  • Players, including the dealer, cannot go over 21; if they do, they lose the game.
  • You win if you get a number higher than the dealer but lower or equal to 21.


Rules for Playing Blackjack

  • To start the game, place a wager. The wager you place is called the ante bet and is a compulsory requirement of the game. This shows the dealer that you would like cards.
  • After the dealer deals the second card in counter clockwise direction, you will need to decide if you will say in the game or quit (If the dealer has a ten or an Ace as the up card then the dealer might have a Blackjack; you can surrender if allowed or you could take an insurance to bet on whether the dealer has the Blackjack or not).
  • If you think you have a chance to get another card which could make the aggregate sum of cards less or equal to 21 then you can click on ‘hit’ but if vice-versa then you can click on ‘stand’.
  • The double down feature, if available, gets activated when the dealer only wants one more card and they are sure they can win the hand with that card without going bust. Here you place an additional wager and ask for that next card. You, on the other hand, can only double down on the first two cards or after a split.
  • To split a hand means that you can split the cards into 2 hands if you have a pair in your hand i.e. same two cards. You can play two hands by placing a second ante bet for the additional hand. Here, you will have to play the first hand by asking for a hit until you bust, get 21, or don’t want to risk busting. Then you will play the second hand. You will get rewarded separately for each hand; so even if you lose one hand, you still have a chance to get awarded through the second hand.


Blackjack Types based on the number of decks of cards used:

Blackjack can be further divided into 2 types based on the number of decks of cards used.

  • Single Deck Blackjack – This type uses only 1 deck of cards i.e. the dealer would only use 52 cards in the game.
  • Multiple Deck Blackjack – This type uses more than 1 deck of cards in the game.

Single deck Blackjack, compared to multiple decks, is considered to be better for Blackjack players because you would get more Blackjack hands in a single deck game than with multiple deck game.  For instance, if you have to randomly pick a card from a single deck after it is shuffled, the chances of getting an Ace card would be higher in a pack of 52 cards rather than in multiple decks of cards.

Blackjack Types based on the Variations of the Game

  • Atlantic City Blackjack – This type of Blackjack is played with 8 decks of cards and it also offers both single as well as multi-hand options. The rules and the strategies for the game play are the same.
  • Bonus Blackjack – This Blackjack is played with 2 decks of cards with an additional bonus option. The bonus option allows you to gain higher rewards than other types of Blackjack games.
  • Double Exposure Blackjack – This Blackjack is played with 8 decks of cards and both of the dealer’s cards are dealt facing upwards. Despite both the dealer’s cards being exposed, this type of Blackjack has a house edge of 0.69%.
  • European Blackjack – This type of Blackjack is similar to the classic Blackjack; the style and the rules for playing are also the same.
  • Spanish Blackjack – This type of Blackjack has 8 Spanish decks of cards that consists only 48 instead of 52 cards in each deck. Here, the dealer will peek on 10 and Ace cards for Blackjack and will hit on soft 17. This type of Blackjack allows you to surrender late even after activating the doubling down feature. Furthermore, a player may split 3 times to make 4 hands, and Aces can also re-split.
  • Vegas Downtown Blackjack – This type of Blackjack is played with 2 decks of cards. Here, the players are allowed to double after the initial two cards and also after a split. The only difference is when you split an Ace and then receives a card with the value of 10, the overall value will be 21 and not Blackjack. This means that your 21 numbered combinations would still be beaten by a Blackjack.
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack – This type of Blackjack is similar to the Vegas Downtown Blackjack, the only difference being it’s lower house edge giving the players more chances to win.


Single Hand versus Multi Hand Blackjack

The rules for Multi hand Blackjack is similar to the regular Blackjack game; the only difference is that instead of only being able to play one hand, this game has 3 places you can play on and place different wagers.

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