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Online Blackjack Rules

Blackjack is a game you play against the dealer – your object is to have a hand higher than hers, without going over 21.

Hand Ranks

Blackjack hand ranks are the sum of these card values:

– 2 to 10 count as their face value
– King, Queen, and Jack count as 10
– An Ace can be counted as 11 or 1, as it suits the player

Example: The hand A-8 can count as either 19 or 9. And 9-2-K count as 21.

In Blackjack the suits have no meaning.

Winning and Losing

The bet is lost when your hand is lower than the dealer’s (example, you have 17, and she has 19) or when you Bust (go over 21).

The bet is a push when you reach a tie with the dealer (example, you both have 20). Here, you don’t lose your bet, but you don’t win any money either.

You win at 1:1 when your hand is higher then the dealer’s and you didn’t bust (example, you have 21, she has 17).

You win and paid 3 to 2 if you have Blackjack: and Ace plus a face card (King, Queen, or Jack).

Playing Blackjack

Blackjack is played in rounds, where in every round you place a bet, receive cards, make your play decision, and finally compare hands with the dealer to determine the winner.

– To start a round, click on the chip you want to use, and click on the table. You can add coins and enlarge the bet with additional clicks. You can also remove or change your bet by clicking on Clear.

– Click DEAL to get your cards. Your starting hand is two cards facing up.
– The dealer also gets two cards, one facing up and facing down.

Now you decide what to do. Your options are:

HIT – to receive another card, click on HIT.
The option to hit is available until you bust (go over 21).

STAND – To stop with the cards you have, click STAND.
At any time you decide your hand is complete, and you don’t want to add any more cards you can stand. Once you stand on a hand, the turn goes to the dealer. The dealer makes her decisions, and then you compare hands.

In some cases you will have additional options:

DOUBLE DOWN – You can double your initial bet, and immediately get one more card. You can’t get any more cards afterwards.

SPLIT – When your starting hand is a pair you can split it to two new hands. When you make a split you place a separate bet for each hand, so you are actually placing another bet. A blackjack on a split hand pays 1:1.

When you split a pair of Aces you receive only one more card for each new hand.

INSURANCE – When the dealer’s up card is an ace, you can make a side bet on whether she has Blackjack. Insurance costs half the size of the original one. If the dealer has Blackjack, the bet pays 2:1, but you lose your original bet. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance bet.

Blackjack Strategy

The best way to play blackjack is by using a strategy and planning ahead your budget, making sure you can play as many hands as you can with the sum you had set in advance. To learn more read our full blackjack strategy. In addition, our blackjack table comes with a built in basic strategy table you can use.