Online blackjack is played by one or more players competing against the dealer with individual or extra decks of 52 cards.
- Choose the blackjack game of your choice (there are several variants to choose from).
- Choose a bet from the stake limits. Wagers are placed in the form of chips
- Click the Deal button to begin the game.
- The dealer will deal cards one at a time
- The way the cards are dealt will depend on the variation. In some cases, all cards will be dealt facedown with the last of the dealer’s card facing up.
- When all cards have been dealt, the player will decide whether to stand (not ask for another card) or hit (ask for more cards to get exactly 21 or closer to 21).
- If the player ends up with a bust (goes over 21) during the game, the player loses the game and the dealer collects the wager.
Stand: You can choose to stand if you think your current total is closer to 21 and would beat the dealer’s hand.
Hit: If the player chooses to hit, another card will be played face up onto your hand. If the hand ends up with a total of less than 21, the player can choose to Hit again. If the total comes at 21, the hand automatically stands. However, if it goes over 21, the hand is bust which means the player loses the bet.
Double Down: If you consider your hand favorable, you can choose to Double Down – place a second wager equal to the first. When a player doubles down, they will receive one more card facing up.
Split: If you get your first two cards of the same denomination, you can choose to place an additional wager equal to the first wager and split the cards into two hands. An additional card will be dealt to complete each hand. If the second card is of matching rank to either hand, the player will be offered the option to split again depending on the variation and casino. Generally, players can split up to a max of 4 hands. The split hands will be played one at a time starting with the first hand. The player can choose to stand or hit each hand.
Surrender – Some variations and casinos allow players to make an early or late surrender. Early surrender means taking back half their bet and giving up their hand. This must be the player’s first action on the hand. Late Surrender is more common. This is done after the dealer has checked cards and does have Blackjack.
Insurance – If the dealer has 10 or an Ace card facing up, the player can make an Insurance bet. The insurance bet is a side bet that would require the player to place an additional bet equal to half of their original bet on whether or not the dealer has a Blackjack. If the dealer has Blackjack, the insurance bet is won.
Scoring and RTP in Blackjack
The standard payout for a blackjack is 3 to 2. If a player has Blackjack, they will be paid 3:2. For example, if a player wagered $10, they would receive a total of $25. If the player wins a hand, they will be paid at 1:1 on the total wagered on that hand. This means that they will be paid double their bets.
Scoring at blackjack is quite easy. Basically, the values of each card dealt to the player are summed up to obtain an overall score.