The Rules of Blackjack

There are many many different variations with blackjack games online. Depending if you play at an English casino or French casino en ligne they may have different variations of the game. Here we are only going to look at the rules of normal blackjack as most of the variations have only small changes made to the rules of normal blackjack rules. The goal in blackjack is to get a higher total than the dealer's hand by getting as close as you can to 21 without going over 21. Before the cards are dispatched, you need to place a bet amount. You can play online blackjack at many online casinos including the famous Casino Classic!

You should place your higher denomination chips on the bottom and your lower denomination chips on top of your stack. After every player at the table is finished placing their bet, the dealer will begin dealing out two cards to everyone face-up starting with the player to the left of the dealer. The dealer will only deal one card face-up for their own hand and the other card is dealt face-down.

Dealing hands in Blackjack

According to blackjack rules, the players sitting at the table in blackjack always need to act before the dealer acts. You should review the basic blackjack strategy before you sit down at a live table because it can help you learn when it's a good idea to hit or stand.

Once the cards are dealt, each player will get their turn to play out their hand starting again with the player to the dealer's left (this position is called First Base). You will get to choose what you want to do although the most common moves are to hit, stand, double down or split. We'll briefly take a look at what each of these four terms mean when playing blackjack.

  • Hit
    Hit means that you would like another card.
  • Stand
    Stand means that you don't want any more cards added to your hand.
  • Double Down
    Double down is when you double your bet and take one more card.
  • Split
    When you're dealt a pair of identical face value cards you can split the two cards into two hands, although you will need to add another bet to be able to split.

Other things to know about Blackjack

Insurance - If your first card is an ace, then you have the option of taking insurance. Insurance is nothing but a bet that does not exceed one half of the players bet. If the dealer has natural blackjack, the player wins 2 to 1 on the insurance, therefore getting his money back. Any other card means a win for the dealer.

Soft vs. Hard Hands - Another key note you need to learn about is hard and soft hands. These hands have aces in them and depending on how the ace is used will determine whether or not it's a hard or soft hand. For instance, if you have a 9-7-A your hand would be a hard hand because you can't use the ace as an 11 without going over 21. If you have a 2-3-A then you could still use your ace as either an 11 or 1 so it's considered a soft hand.

You need to have a firm grasp on basic blackjack rules before you sit down at a live table or if you play in online casinos. Learning how to play blackjack is very simple and the best way to learn is to practice at an online casino such as Casino Action where you can play for free. We wish you all luck at the tables and hope you leave a winner every time.

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