Blackjack is one of the most popular games on the net and is available in a variety of variants, but all have in common that the game’s goals are to come as close to a card value of 21 as possible. In this article we go over the rules of Blackjack and its different game choices.
Rules in Blackjack
The goal in Blackjack is that the cards you get from the croupier (the casino), and the extra cards you choose to take, should have a card value of a total of 21 or as close to 21 as possible. If the card value becomes higher than 21, it is called “thick”, and if it occurs, you lose your bet. The game begins with the croupier handing out two open cards to all players (if you play online it is only you) and two to himself, one open and one hidden.
If you consider that you have the opportunity to get closer to 21 without getting thick by taking a third card, then you choose to take a card, and you get another card. Then you can take another card until you are satisfied, or until you become fat if you are unlucky. There is no higher limit on how many games you can pick. When you are satisfied, choose to stay.
When playing your cards and not getting thick, it is the croupier’s turn to play theirs. She starts by turning up the hidden card, and then plays the same way, with one exception: The croupier must always take a new card to card value 16 or above, as well as stay on, however, draw cards up to 16 and must stop if he has 17 or higher. If your cards are better or if the croupier gets thick and you are still in the game then you win. If you get the same card value, the bet goes back to you.
The card value lets you easily calculate. All cards 1-10 have the value printed on them. But Jack, Dam and King are also only worthy of 10. Ace – just like in some card games – can be counted as both 1 and 11, depending on which gives you the best hand. This is good to keep track of, even if your hand card value is always displayed next to your hand when playing Blackjack Online. An Ace + a card worth 10 is called “Blackjack” and is the best hand in the game. It pays 1.5 times the bet, unlike all other profits that pay even money. A blackjack always wins over a hand that gets the sum of 21 built from cards other than Ace and 10 such as Jack, 7, 4, for example.
Note There are slight deviations from these rules in some Blackjack variants. You will find these rule differences described in the article Blackjack. In addition to Stanna and Ta Kort, there are a number of other game choices that we review below.
Split, Double and Insurance
Split. If you get two cards with the same value and symbol (two kings or two fours for example), you can choose to split them, ie split them into two hands. This doubles your bet and then plays them on two hands instead of one. The croupier gives you another card on each hand, and then you first play them clearly one hand, and then the other, as usual.
Double. In some cases you will have the opportunity to double your bet immediately after the given. A good way to double the bet is when you have 10 or 11 in card value and the croupier has no more than one 8. If you select Double you only get one more card. The rules about when you get the opportunity may vary slightly, but a common rule is that you get double when the value of your two cards is 9-11.
If the croupier’s first card is an Ace or a card worth 10, you can take out an Insurance against the croupier getting a blackjack and the insurance costs half the amount of your bet. If the croupier then gets a blackjack, you will win double your insurance and lose your bet, and thus go plus minus zero. If the dealer does not receive Blackjack, you will lose your insurance. Mathematically speaking, it is a bad strategy to take out Insurance, since the risk that the Croupier will really pull a blackjack is less than 33%.
Strategy for Blackjack
In the table below we present our Basic Strategy for Blackjack. It is intended for Classic Blackjack according to the rules described above, but also works reasonably for other variants. If you follow the strategy below you will get a statistical refund of profits of around 99.5%. A good idea might be to print this strategy card and have it next to you as you play.