Forever known as the smartest table game of all time, blackjack is absolutely thrilling to play. It is even more thrilling when you can move past basic understandings and start to apply strategy and analysis. Forever known as the game of 21, this casino table game favourite has inspired a number of movie titles, which comes as no surprise considering just how exciting and sophisticated the gameplay is.

There are a number of versions of blackjack as well as online blackjack. Many casinos, looking to offer variety and to differentiate themselves from competitors have designed variations of blackjack. However, before you can engage and enjoy any of these, it is important to grasp the fundamentals of the original.

How to Play Online Blackjack: The Fundamentals.

As mentioned previously blackjack’s gameplay fundamentals are rather simple. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer by scoring a card combination that is closest to the number 21. A player who holds a hand closest the 21 wins that hand. The catch with playing blackjack, however, is to ensure that you do not bust-  when your hand exceeds the value of 21, you will automatically lose that round.

Odds in blackjack tend to be higher for the player than they are for the house, which has helped the game retain its longterm appeal. If you can master the game you can really position yourself to make some incredible returns. The game’s big draw is how lucrative it can potentially be.

Both the physical and online versions of the games can be played with multiple players. A lot of the time, games with live dealers are played with up to ten players. This makes the social and interactive of the game really standout. However, for those who wish to play by themselves, the video versions allows solitary fun. Instead of facing off against a live croupie your adversary is the computer algorithm. Online blackjack with different hands are known as “multi-player blackjack” and they are available at a number of different online casinos.

Blackjack can also be played with multi-hands which means different decks are used for each hand. This is known as “multi-hand blackjack”. Of course, it is recommended to first play the original single-hand game in order to get a feel of the play style. Standard blackjack is often played with six-to-eight decks of 52 cards. There are also simplified versions of the original blackjack which utilize a single deck and 48 cards.

How to Win at Blackjack: Making Bets

Putting aside all the variations of blackjack out there, the game does consist of a fundamental gameplay strategy that can easily be tweaked and adapted across different versions. The first and most important element needed to make money in blackjack is to get acquainted with the basics.

At the start of play the player needs to place an initial bet, this is before the dealer shuffles and deals the cards. Once the initial bet has been made the dealer, in this case the computer, will deal out a hand of cards by placing two cards on the table facing upwards. The dealer then deals themselves two cards with one facing down and the other up.

Once you see all the cards on the table you get make a choice, either you “hit” or you “stay” with your bet. “Hitting” means that you think you hold a hand closest to 21 and you beat the dealer. In this case the dealer flips their downward card and the outcomes are revealed. A “stay” option results in another hand being dealt. Your main objective is not to bust.

Your payout value is solely based on the amount of money you choose to bet. However, it is subjected to the payout ratios of the kind of bet you made and the outcome of your hand. If your hand is indeed closest to 21 then you are paid at a ratio of 1:1. When the dealer’s hand exceeds 21 and they bust, then regardless of your own hand the payout ratio is 1:1. Lastly, if you are able to land a natural blackjack, which means your first hand is 21 (Ace and card valued 10) then your payout ratio is at 3:2.

Other betting moves 

With blackjack there are also other betting moves and strategies that can be used.

These are the “hit” or “stand”, “split” and “insurance”. The first former two can be really useful when you don’t want to lose a hand. The “split” option allows you to split card values and everyone uses this option differently. The standard split play includes splitting pairs of aces. It increases your odds at scoring a blackjack hand if you get a card value of 10.

This is the objective of the game but also natural blackjacks as we already established pay at a high ratio of 3:2. Other cards that tend to be split for strategy purposes are 8’s and cards never split at 5’s. The last option is the “insurance bet” this protects you should you land a losing hand. However, this bet reduces your odds should you hold a winning hand.