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Basic Blackjack Rules

The online blackjack game is played with 1 to 8 shuffled decks of standard playing cards. Each card has a value, kings, queens and jacks, (face cards) are counted as ten, aces can be valued as one or eleven, every other card, (2-10), is taken at face value. A typical online casino table, this one from Windows Casino, is shown to the right. Click the thumbnail for a full-size view.

Overview of blackjack gameplay

All players must make their bets before the commencement of dealing. The dealer then starts with the player to their left and deals each player one card, face-up, finishing with themselves. Everyone is then dealt a second card face-up. The dealer either deals themself another card face down, (or, especially in European casinos, they wait until all players have completed their play and then give themselves another face-up card and play their hand.)

The dealer now starts with the player to their left.  A player’s turn involves taking more cards if required, until they are happy with their total or they bust, (get more than 21).  Once every player has finished the dealer plays their hand adhering to the rules as displayed on the table.  Basically, this means that they keep taking cards until their hand totals 17 or more.

The online table

Most online blackjack tables are similar in layout to the one above. You click on the https://www.bestunitedstatescasinos.com/casino-games/ chips to place your bet or drag them off to reduce your bet. The split, double, stand, hit and deal buttons will be lit when the option is available.

Warning: some tables change the deal button into the hit button once the deal is made so be careful when you make your selection. If the dealer gets ace insurance will be offered where available.

The total of your cards and the dealers will be shown as the cards are dealt, and win, lose or push are shown at the end of the hand. To play the next hand make sure your bet amount is correct then press deal again and continue.

Soft and hard hands

As mentioned previously, an Ace may be counted as 1 or 11. A hand where the ace may be counted as 1 or 11 is known as a soft hand. For example, ace/7 may be valued at 8 or 18. A hand where the ace may only be counted as 1 without busting is a hard hand. An example is 7/5/ace, value 13 or 23 and bust.

The object of the blackjack game

The object of the real money pokies for australians game is to get a card point total closer to 21 than the dealer, without busting. Two points worth emphasizing here: you must beat the dealer; it doesn’t matter how small the total of your cards is as long as you beat the dealer. Although you may be playing in a multi-player game each player plays the dealer in turn and their fortunes have nothing to do with you winning or losing.

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