To play blackjack online casino games players should first familiarise themselves with the rules of the game. The cards from 2 to 10 have the same value as on the card. The face cards have a value of 10 and the aces can be 1 or 11 and this depends on what the player needs to get 21.
Depending on which casino you are using will depend on the number of decks they will use, but will sometimes range from six to eight.
To win a hand the player would need to get 21 and more than that would mean a loss also known as you are ‘bust’. The hand should also be more than the dealer, but not more than 21. The cards are shuffled and players are given two cards, face up, but the dealer gets one face down and one face up. Players are then given the option of keeping the cards or to take another card also known as ‘take a hit’. Once the players have all decided what to do with their hands the dealer will reveal the face down card and the player wins if the total is 21 or if you had 21 with first two cards or your hand is more than the dealers without exceeding 21 or the dealer is busted. If the player and dealer both have 21 neither wins or loses. If this happens the player is allowed to keep the bet.
When players decide to play online blackjack it is always helpful to understand the terminology involved. This will be especially helpful for players just starting out. Some of these terms have been mentioned such as hit (to request another card), stand (if the player does not need any more cards from the dealer) and bust (if your hand exceeds 21). Other terms that are good to know are insurance (if the dealer has an ace the player can request insurance to protect his hand in case the dealer gets 21), soft (if a player has an ace it is known as a soft hand and can be a 1 or 11), split (if a player has 2 cards that have a value of 10 or a pair, the wager can be doubled and the cards split into two hands. Each player will be dealt another card and the game will continue, there are some exceptions to this), push (if the player and dealer have the same point value, players bet is returned), double (a player may double the bet and get dealt another card) and surrender (some games may allow the player to surrender half the bet).
Other things to consider when deciding to play blackjack online casino games are the management of your money. A player can have a great strategy, but it pointless if there is no money to wager with. Of course managing your money well does not lower the house edge, but does allow you to play for longer. Players should decide before playing how much money to spend and how long to play for. It is also good to decide at what stage of the game is it time to cash out and how much can you afford to lose before stopping. A good general rule to stick to is to leave the game once you have won between 30 – 40% of your money back and to leave if you have lost 50%.
Players should choose a popular version of blackjack such as Pontoon, European Blackjack or Blackjack Switch and also look at the payouts when choosing a casino to play blackjack online casino games at.