Rules and Tips for Playing Online Blackjack

The key aim in blackjack is to attain a hand the value of which is higher than that of the dealer’s. However, the hand should not exceed 21. The game can be played at internet casinos both with real money and in the free play mode. A deck of 52 cards is used for playing the game, jokers excluded. Chips are distributed to players. Bets are placed using the chips. When a chip stack gets over, you have the option of buying more chips in exchange of cash.

Online blackjack is played with 8 players apart from the dealer. There are certain standard denominations of chips with which the game is played.

Betting in Blackjack

There is a maximum and minimum limit for betting in blackjack. A player has to decide on the bet amount before the round starts. The maximum bet is generally 10-20 times the amount of the minimum bet. Each player is given two cards at the onset of the game. Players receive face down cards, whereas, the dealer gets one face-up and one face-down card.

Players’ Turn

After the cards are dealt, each player in the game gets his turn to play. The player to the left of the dealer starts playing and it continues in the clock-wise direction. A player can continue to play with the cards dealt to him or select cards from the deck. He can choose not to pick from the deck if he feels that he has a strong enough hand to compete with the dealer. In case the value of a hand exceeds 21, the player loses the game automatically.

Dealer’s Turn

When players’ actions are over, the dealer reveals his face down card, also known as the hole card. If the combined value of the face up and face down card which a dealer has is 21, then he cannot select any more cards. In such cases, all players lose except those having a blackjack (21). In case the dealer doesn’t have a natural 21, he picks cards or chooses to stand. A dealer is bound by rules to hit, if his hand value is less than 17.

In case a dealer goes bust, the players remaining in the game win. Otherwise, those having higher points than that of the dealer win and those with lower pints lose the game. Players having a natural 21, win an additional bonus apart from the bet amount.

Side Rules

Most online blackjack games come with a unique rule called Insurance. In case the face-up card of the dealer is an ace, then every player has the chance to wager on whether the dealer has a 21. The insurance bet equals the original bet and cancels the loss that you may incur.

Tips and Strategies to Win Blackjack Games

To win online blackjack games, both skill and luck are required. To increase your chances of winning in blackjack, certain strategies have to be followed.. Here are some basic tips to help you play blackjack.

Stand When You have a Great Hand

If your hand value is 20, you have an excellent hand. The dealer may defeat you only if his hand totals 21. If you already have 20, there are few chances for the dealer to defeat you with a blackjack. In such situations, it is best for players proceed with the dealt cards.

Split Two 8s

Two cards of 8s make a 16 which is a bad hand in blackjack. However, if you split two 8s, you may have better winning chances. When you have one winning hand and another losing hand, one pays and other ends up gaining nothing. Hence, if for both hands you draw a 10, the total will be 18 instead of 16 which give you better winning odds.

Don’t Split Two 5s

A player getting two 5s, has a total hand value of 10. In such cases, it is best to not split. Instead, you should double down and select another card. This will give you better chances to achieve 21.

Additional Tips

It is best to stand on if you have a hand totaling 17 or more. Always hit in a situation when your hand is 12 through 16 and that of the dealer is 7 or higher. It is best not to split 4’s and 5’s in blackjack. In case a dealer holds a card of a value 3 through 6, split your 6s.