Blackjack is a relatively simple card game that pairs the dealer up against the player. The idea is to get a score as close to 21 as possible without going over. (When a hand hits 21 exactly, it is called Blackjack) All cards are worth their exact number value except Kings, Queens and Jacks, which are valued at ten points each and Aces, which are valued at either eleven points or one point, depending on whichever amount is better for the hand. (The better values is assumed by the dealer) Eight 52-card decks are used for playing online blackjack.
The game begins by the dealer receiving one face-down card and one face-up card, and the player receiving two face-up cards. The player then decides if he or she wants to receive another card, based on the score of their hand. If the player chooses not to, the dealer will turn over their face-down card. If the dealer’s score is lower than the player’s, the dealer will keep drawing until their score beats the players, or, goes over 21. If the dealer’s score is higher than the player’s, the player loses. If the dealer’s score goes over 21, the player wins.
PLAYING ONLINE BLACKJACK
When looking at the playing screen, you will see your chips stacked at the very bottom in values of £1, £5, £25, £100, and £500. To place a wager, you must left click on the denomination of your choice. Each time you left click, the wager will increase by that same amount. Conversely, right clicking on a chip stack will decrease the wager by that amount. Betting limits are in the neighborhood of a £1 minimum and a £1500 maximum bet.
Once you have finished making your wager, click on the ‘Deal’ button. The dealer will receive two cards (one face-down and one face-up) and you will receive two cards (both cards face-up). It is up to you to decide on your next move. The following actions are possible choices you may take:
‘Hitting’ is the term given to the action of drawing another card. If you feel that another card will put you closer to 21 without going over, taking a ‘Hit’ is the best choice. This is executed by clicking on the ‘Draw’ or ‘Hit’ button. However, if it is likely that you will go over 21, you should decline a ‘Hit’. In that situation, you will be ‘Standing’ and your hand will be played as it is.
‘Standing’ is the term given to the action of not altering your hand so that it can be played. When you are as close to 21 as you think you are going to get, without going over, taking a ‘Stand’ is the best choice. This action is performed by clicking on the ‘Stand’ button. After this is done, the dealer’s face-down card will be revealed. If the dealer’s hand does not come closer to 21 than your own, the dealer will keep drawing cards until they either go over 21, or, come closer to 21 than you. In the former case, you win; In the latter, the dealer wins. The exception to this rule is for when the dealer draws an initial hand of seventeen, in which case, they are required to ‘Stand’ at that point.
If the situation arises when both cards of your initial hand are of the same value, you have the option of ‘Splitting’ your hand into two separate hands. All you have to do is click on the ‘Split’ button. Then, a finger will point to the hand being played (one at a time), and your initial bet will be automatically tallied to your new hand. Remember, you can only ‘Split’ once per each hand.
‘Doubling’ is the term given to the action of increasing your wager. In order to do this, you must click on the ‘Double Down’ button after receiving your initial hand. Your wager will then be automatically double. The catch to this is that once your ‘Double’ you are dealt only one more card. Note that ‘Doubling’ after ‘Splitting’ is allowed.
You have the choice of insuring your hand when the dealer’s initial face-up card is an Ace. This action is executed by simply pressing the ‘Insurance’ button. The reason for taking insurance is just in case the dealer’s face down card has a value of 10, giving the dealer a hand of 21, or, Blackjack. Insurance enables you to place a side bet in the amount of half your initial wager. Therefore, if the dealer does happen to draw Blackjack, your original bet will lose, but, your side bet will be paid 2 to 1 odds, allowing you to come out even. If your hand also happens to hit Blackjack, then your original wager will be given back, and you will still win on the insurance bet. Normally, winning hand payouts are 1 to 1, while payouts on Blackjack are 3 to 2.