We have eight versions of blackjack in our online casino, including two single deck games, one double deck, two standard six deck, European, Perfect Pairs and Zappit Blackjack.
Fewer decks mean a decreased house edge, so if you have the opportunity to play Single Deck Blackjack, take it. But don’t forget that some casinos will add rules to Single Deck Blackjack to counteract the decreased house edge, such as offering 6-5 payouts for landing a blackjack. A 6-5 payout for blackjack removes 1.39% from your expected return.
We have two options for single deck blackjack: The New Blackjack, and 21 Blackjack Classic. The New Blackjack has a streamlined user interface and the buttons show up as they’re needed, making the screen less cluttered. It uses one deck that gets shuffled after each round, and the dealer hits on soft 17. The classic version replicates a blackjack table at a casino. It uses one deck and the dealer hits soft 17.
Double Deck Blackjack is almost as good as Single Deck Blackjack, and in the case of our casino, it’s even better. That’s because our Double Deck Blackjack requires the dealer to stand on soft 17 – a rule that favors players. The two decks are shuffled after each round.
For all versions of blackjack except European Blackjack the dealer peeks for blackjack at the start of the round. In European Blackjack, the dealer does not peek for blackjack at the start of the round, so it’s possible that you could double your bet and lose to a dealer blackjack. Other European Blackjack rules include doubling being restricted to hard totals of 9 to 11, and the dealer standing on soft 17.
Perfect Pairs is blackjack with a side bet that pays out when you land any pair in your initial two-card hand. You can win up to 25-1 on this side bet.
The way you win a round of blackjack dictates the size of your payout.
The best result is landing a 10-rank card and an Ace in your initial two-card hand. That’s called a blackjack (or a natural), which pay 3-2.
Standard wins in blackjack pay even-money, meaning you win exactly what you bet.
When you and the dealer end up with the same score, it’s a push (a tie). Your bet is returned to you
When the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you’ll be asked if you want a side bet called Insurance, which costs half the amount of your original wager. The side bet pays 2-1 when the dealer does indeed have a blackjack, which would make you break even.
In all of our blackjack games except Single Deck and Double Deck Blackjack, you have the option to surrender a hand. You’re essentially forfeiting the round, but you get to retrieve half of your bet.
So, with all these strategies and tips in mind, are you ready to get in on all the online blackjack action? Pro tip:Your goal is to beat the dealer, not to get as close to 21 as possible. Hit or Stand according to the charts and look for tables with player-friendly rules. Once you start making decisions automatically, you’ll fit right in with the pros.
If you fancy yourself a gambling pro or aficionado, then you better know your blackjack like the back of your hand.
True fact: Masters of the game can whittle the house edge under 1% - sometimes as low as 0.28%. This is significantly lower than other casino games.
Of course, that enticing percentage isn’t free though (nothing good ever is), and it takes dedication along with a measure of patience to learn the ins and outs of this action-packed table game.
The goal of blackjack is to get a better hand than the dealer without exceeding a score of 21. You can increase the number of cards in your hand in order to improve your score, but if you go over 21, you bust. Cards 2-10 are worth face value. Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11; you control your Ace’s value.
The rules generally depend on the casino, so to make things easy we’re going to cover standard six-deck blackjack – available at Ignition Casino.
One rule you’ll always see written on the tables dictates what a dealer does with a score of 17. In our version of standard blackjack, the dealer has to hit on soft 17. In regular speak, that means the dealer will hit (take another card) if his 17 contains an 11-point Ace (it’s soft because the 11-point Ace can be converted to a 1-point Ace). He will stand on all other 17’s and above.
In all the blackjack games available at Ignition Casino, blackjacks (a hand containing an Ace and 10) pay 3-2.
There’s one exception: If you get a blackjack after splitting, it pays even-money – not 3-2.
You can split up to three hands, meaning you might have three blackjack hands going at once – pretty cool, right? Or, surrender any first two cards. Split Aces receive only one card, and you can’t re-split them.
You can also double any two cards for a higher payout.
Six decks are used and shuffled after each round of our standard blackjack game.
To improve your initial two-card hand, you’ve got the following options: Hit or Stand, Split, Double, Surrender.
Hit will get you another card.
Stand means you don’t want any additional cards.
Split divides your two-card hand into two individual hands. You may only split a pair (two Sixes or two 10-rank cards).
Double doubles your bet and deals you one more card.
Surrender ends the round prematurely and retrieves half of your bet.
Listen up. When professional blackjack players make quick decisions at the table, they’re not relying on intuition or their lucky rabbit’s foot. The power lies in memorizing the right kind of blackjack strategy chart, one that details all the possible choices for every hand.
This is the first step to playing online blackjack for real money.
So if you want to start playing like a pro, then better school yourself and memorize a few charts. After that, it’s all about practice, which might not make you perfect but it’ll get you to the point when your decisions will come automatically.
We’ve included the three charts you need for a basic strategy for our standard six-deck blackjack. The first chart is the main one; this one is used in all situations except for splitting and soft hands. The second chart is for when you have a soft hand, and the third chart is for splitting. The number on the very top row of the charts are the dealer’s upcard. The numbers on the leftmost column represents your hand.
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