Blackjack is classic table game which can be found in many online casinos under the live casino tab or the classic game tab. Most blackjack games are available on a desktop, mobile and tablet.
The objective of the game is to make points and to beat the house but to never go over 21. They are different types of blackjack available in online casino but regardless of the variation you chose to play (single deck, double deck, 6 decks, 8 decks or surrender) all games use the same card value which is: Aces are worth 1 or 11 points, King, Queen, Jack, 10 are worth 10 points and 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 are worth the indicated value of the card.
If you play in an online casino or a brick and mortar one all games will begin the same way. All players will be given 2 cards face up and the dealer will be dealt 1 card face up and one card face down. In general, after the cards have been dealt all players will be asked to make an action hit, stand, double or split. The players’ action is based on the combined value of the two cards.
Stand means the player does not want another card.
Hit means the player wants more cards to get as close to 21 as possible.
Double means the player is sure to beat the house with only one more card and chooses to double his bet.
Split is only possible if a player has a pocket pair or any two 10 point cards. To split the cards a player will need to place another bet. Once the cards have been separated, the dealer will give the player an additional card on each card. The player may then decide hit, stand, or double or split up to four times.
When you play blackjack in an online casino on a mobile or on a desktop the action available to you will be displayed under the cards you were dealt. So, you don’t need to worry too much about what you can and can’t do. After the round of action is completed, the dealer will reveal the hidden card and draw until he reaches 16 and stand when the combined value of the cards is equal or exceeds 17’s. If the dealer goes over 21 all the remaining player (who haven’t already busted) will win. If the dealer does not bust and stand with a soft 17, all players with a superior card count will win and players who also have 17 will be refunded their initial stake (push).
There is a small exception to the standard play. If the dealer shows an ace or a 10 after the first cards have been dealt the players will be offered an “insurance” before deciding to hit or stand. The insurance bet consists in a side bet that pays 2 to 1 in the event the dealer gets a blackjack. After the insurance bet have been placed, the dealer will look at the card that is face down. If the dealer sees a blackjack the card will immediately be turned and all bets except for insurance bet and players who were also dealt a blackjack will be lost.
The blackjack table you choose to sit at in an online casino plays a key part in the type of game you’ll join. This is because they are many variations of blackjack and the table mat will inform you of the draw until value and stand at value. It will also tell you the blackjack and insurance payout. As a rule of thumb, you should only play on tables that offers a 3 to 2 payout on blackjack, 2 to 1 insurance payout and where the dealer most stand on all 17’s. Before sitting down remember to carefully check the table limits.
What’s the best way to start play Blackjack in an online casino?
New players are lucky because many online casinos such as Leo Vegas, Mr Green and, Unibet offers the possibility to bet behind good players when playing live blackjack. The good players are always identified with a star or a trophy next to their name. This means that it requires very little skills to be profitable and you also learn the game from the best while you build a bankroll and take control of your own game. Please note that this option may not always be available if you choose to play on a mobile device.
As you know card counting is frowned upon when playing blackjack and it’s also a very difficult skill to master as the shoe is always cut deep to avoid this malpractice. However, they are many websites that provide “cheat sheet” which are completely legal to use at any online or offline blackjack tables. These cheat sheet will recommend an action based on the cards you hold and the dealer visible card. It’s a fantastic way to learn basic blackjack strategy and quickly master the game.
Always start at the table minimum, and once winning then increase your bets so you are playing with the casino’s money. Patience is the key! The lowest bet available on live blackjack tables is set at around £3 and higher bet can go up to £5k. This may varies based on the online casino you choose to play at.
Yes, blackjack can be played for free in a few online casinos such as Betfair, SuperCasino, CloudCasino, TouchLucky where you can claim a no deposit welcome cash offer up to £10. All you need to do is to sign up to any of those brands and validate your account. The money will be available for you to play with instantly.
Other casinos such as InstaCasino, Guts and Thrills give players the chance to try any of their table games in the fun mode. It’s a great way to test your skills and see if you’ve master the art of blackjack. When you play on the fun mode you will generally start with a balance of £5,000 this should give you enough funds to practice for hours. You can always reload your browser page if you run out of funds.