Blackjack Basics and More

May 30th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

Online blackjack, sometimes known as twenty-one, is the most popular table game in online casinos. This is because of a combination of factors. The basic game is easy to learn, the player has a certain amount control and the odds can actually move to the players favor.

The goal in online blackjack is to have the value of the cards in your hand come closer to twenty one than the dealer’s hand without going over. The other players at the table are also playing against the dealer. They are not playing against each other. The fact that they do not play against each other makes the game more fun. Everyone is on the same team trying to beat the dealer. Players can choose to take more cards when it is their turn. They make their decision depending on their own cards as well as the dealers cards. There is a basic strategy card that defines when a player should hit, stand, double down or split. While this card is mathematically correct for a single deck, the past history of the shoe should be taken into account.

The dealers decisions are strictly laid out and they cannot deviate. This means that the dealer does not make any decisions regarding his strategy. There are many variations on the basic game of blackjack, but in the most common casino version dealers have to hit when their hand totals sixteen or less. They have to stand when their hand totals seventeen or more. This is described as Dealer stands on seventeen. Make sure to check that you check the table rules before playing. These are normally posted on the table or available as a popup window at an online casino.

You will need to understand the value of the cards. In blackjack an ace counts as either one or eleven. The numbered cards between two and ten are valued as shown. This means that a two is worth two, a three is worth three and so on. Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth ten. If your hand is closer to twenty one than the dealers without going over you win. A winning hand pays even money unless it is a blackjack. Even money means that for every dollar that you bet you win the same amount. So, a ten dollar bet would pay you ten dollars. Blackjack is when your first two cards equal twenty one. This can be any face card or ten and an ace. A blackjack pays one and a half to one. In this case a ten dollar bet would pay you fifteen dollars. The exception to this rule is if the dealer also gets blackjack.

When both the player and the dealer get blackjack, it is a push. On a push the player gets back his original bet and does not receive any payout on the hand. Both land based casinos and online casinos will offer insurance to the players when the dealer shows an ace. Insurance is a side bet of up to one half of the original bet and pays two to one. If we use the example of a ten dollar bet again, you will be able to take insurance for five dollars. If the dealer gets blackjack the insurance bet will pay you ten dollars. The chances of the dealer getting blackjack once they show and ace is one in three. Since the odds are three to one and the bet only pays out two to one this is considered a sucker bet and should be avoided.

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