Online Blackjack

Online Blackjack

If you want to enjoy a good game of blackjack then online casinos are the way to go.

Gambling online has never been easier to do. Players simply have to choose an established online casino, sign-up and choose the game of their choice. 

When it comes to what games are available, most players split any online casino’s offer in two categories, casino classics and new gaming additions. These new gaming additions generally refer to slot games while the classics represent some of the most popular card games as well as roulette.

One of the most popular classic casino games is blackjack, also known as 21. Its huge popularity in both land based and online casinos is due to its high entertainment factor and easy to learn rules.

A short history of blackjack

While the exact origins of the game aren’t known there are some mentions of it that go way back. The earliest mention is in the works of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author who penned classics like “Don Quixote.” Apparently the author was a passionate gambler, an aspect of his life which was often represented in his writings. Among the many gambling notes, he mentioned ‘vientiuna’ or 21, an initial form of blackjack.

When it comes to the name, Blackjack’s history can easily be traced back to the dawn of Las Vegas. As land based casinos were trying to attract as many users as possible they would often offer big payouts. One big payout, a 10:1 in fact, would be awarded to 21 players who managed to get a combination of black jacks and an ace of spades. The hand was suggestively called blackjack. As the payout was abandoned over time by all casinos, the popular name for the hand remained and was soon synonymous with two cards which had a combined value of 21.

Learn how to play blackjack online

The similarities between online blackjack and classic blackjack are endless. Most blackjack games are played with anywhere between one to eight decks of cards without the jokers. In order to play online blackjack, a player has to first place a bet. Once the bet is placed the player will receive two cards, face up while the dealer will also get two cards with only one being placed face up.

As with classic blackjack, the goal is to get a combined value of 21 or a value as close to 21 without going over and without having a smaller value than the dealer. Number cards have the same value as their number while face cards have a value of 10 points each. Aces have a value of 1 or 11 points.

Players can stop at the two cards they are initially dealt or they can ask for more cards until they are happy with their hand or until they go over 21 and automatically lose the hand.

Online Blackjack Strategies

While there are quite a lot of strategies to choose from, all beginner players should consider the following classification: they should stand at 17 points or higher, they should hit for hands under 13 and they should hit for hands between 13 and 16 points if the dealer has less than 6 points.

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