Blackjack is the most popular casino table game worldwide. It is a game with standard rules that are easy to learn, though there are also some more obscure hybrids, many with interesting side bets. Simple game strategies raise chances of a win, which explains why Blackjack accounts for almost a third of all casino table games being played at any one time.
Easy to play
Blackjack is one of the easiest card games at the casino, so it is quick for beginners to learn, with demo sites offering an opportunity to learn the rules with no risk. For those who want to play blackjack online for real money, trying to beat the dealer to a hand totalling 21, all they need to know is when to hit, when to stand and when to split. There is a basic strategy that is easily available online that can be referred to each time a Blackjack hand is played, advising the next step for the best chance of a win.
The rules for Blackjack remain the same across countries and formats, unlike many other card games. A player simply needs to beat the dealer’s cards or can win the round with a blackjack (ace and a 10-card). Since the dealer does not win all the time, a player has a fair chance of winning back their bet and sometimes a little more.
The main rules to understand relate to doubling down and splitting, though a strategy card will tell you when to do this. The basic rule is to find out how much a Blackjack pays. You should only play at tables that pay 3 to 2 or better for a Blackjack. If a casino only offers blackjack tables that pay 6 to 5 for a blackjack, leave and find a better one.
It is wise to learn the rules of the game and how they work to improve your chances of winning. The most important rules relate to the dealer standing on soft 17; being able to double down, and being allowed to split pairs as many times as possible. If you can, double down after splitting.
Low house edge
A low house edge means the odds are good for a player to win in a game of Blackjack. The house edge is low even though different tables offer different bet-size limits, and these variant odds are always available. In contrast, side bets in Blackjack have a high house edge compared to the main game and, in the same way, high house edges may apply to casino games that are a variant of Blackjack, including ‘Burn 21’ and ‘Zappit Blackjack’ in the US.
Blackjack is a fast-paced game that is particularly popular online since people can play from the comfort of their own home without becoming heavily involved in play for a long period of time. The newest form of Blackjack for online players is live dealer games, where it is possible to play against a dealer in real-time from a remote studio.
A social game
Unlike many other casino games where the player simply decides to bet on a specific result and then acts as a spectator, waiting for Lady Luck to hopefully have the cards fall in the player’s favour, Blackjack requires the player to stay involved in the game by deciding to hit, stand or split in their next moves. This interaction adds a social aspect to the game, playing along with others at the card table.