Online Blackjack Guide

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The actual game play of blackjack is very simple to pick up be it on line or on land – the aim ultimately is to beat the dealer, irrelevant of what the other players do. There maybe up to 8 people playing at a blackjack table, but each person is pitted only against the dealer, so it’s as if the blackjack table is yours alone.

If you wish to partake in the game you lay your wager on the table. You and everyone else around the blackjack table will be dealt two cards, including the dealer. The players' cards are always dealt face down; the online dealer's second card is usually dealt face up. Starting left of the dealer, the players will look at their cards in order to determine their next move. The aim of the game is to get closer to the sum of 21 than the dealer does without going over that figure. The dealer who is representing the house has very strict guidelines as to whether he can receive another card or not, these will be written on the table or available through the online casino rules and regulations – players are free to choose what they think is best.

If the player wishes to receive another card he must press the "hit" button that will be visible on the screen. A player may choose to hit as many times as he wants before he "stands"; once he has opted to stand, he may receive no more cards, and if he goes over 21 he has busted and is no longer in the game.  Depending on the original cards he has been dealt, the black jack player has several options before he receives additional cards. If he has pairs, he may split those pairs, and run two hands by adding the value of his original bet to the table to be played on the second hand. When it comes to the value of the cards, the number cards are all worth their face value, the picture cards are all worth 10 and the Ace may be worth 1 or 11 depending on whether you wish to play it high or low. Having received his cards, the player may also have the option to double his bet; if the dealer also wishes to double, the player may redouble. All additional cards are dealt face up.

Should the black jack player’s hand go over 21 he must immediately reveal what he is holding, and those cards will be left face up on the table until all the players have been dealt with. Once every player has made his actions the dealer must show his cards and hit if need be or stand if not. If the dealer busts, he pays out to ever player that is still in the game at even money; if he stands he must payout to any player who has a higher hand than him, and he collects the bets of those whose hands he beat.

As for blackjack strategy, there is only one blackjack strategy that works. It's called basic strategy and it is the mathematical calculation of what to do in every possible blackjack situation. The basic strategy table is easily available, and whilst it isn't the most fun, this is the best way to win at blackjack.

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