Blackjack is without a doubt, the simplest card game in existence in the online casino world. It also comes in many forms, with several variants allowing you to play the kind of blackjack game you want. These include live dealer blackjack games, and multi-hand blackjack titles. Standard blackjack games may feature a varying number of decks, and this will affect the house edge in the game. Most of the other rules are standardised in each variant, and are as follows.
Players must first place a bet, before any cards are dealt to them. Once a bet is made, two cards will be dealt to the player and the dealer. It is your job to try and beat the dealer, simply by outscoring him by getting as close to 21 points as possible, without going bust. If you go bust (over 21), you will lose. All of the numbered cards count for their numeric value, whilst faces count as 10s, and Aces as either 1s or 11s, depending on what you need them to be.
After receiving your two cards, you can decide to hit (take another card), or stand (stick with what you have). Some blackjack games may allow you to surrender (fold, and redeem a small part of your stake), though this is rare.
Players may also choose to take an insurance bet under certain conditions (if you believe the dealer has blackjack), and they may be able to double down (double their bet when taking a new card). Splitting (creating two hands by splitting identical cards, such as a pair of tens) is also possible in some games. This will cost the equivalent of your original stake.
If the player’s hand outranks the dealers, then they will win 1:1. If they have a blackjack (ace and a ten), they will win a prize worth 3:2. Should they have successfully predicted an insurance bet (the dealer has blackjack), then they will win a prize worth 2:1. If the dealer has a better hand or the player goes bust, they lose their bet. In the event of a tie, the hands result in a push and bets are returned in most blackjack variants.