Blackjack is one of the world’s most popular card games in the world and in this a game where you get to take on the dealer in a race to get to 21 points without exceeding this number. You often have the option of being able to play with just one hand at a time (single hand blackjack) or you can play with up to as many as five hands at a time (multi-hand blackjack). This is a fast-paced card game which is now widely available in the real money mode and in the free play demo mode.
Australian, Canadian and New Zealand players can enjoy playing online Blackjack from a smartphone or tablet device at hundreds of fully licensed mobile casinos. Mac users (desktop and laptop) can play on numerous blackjack varieties instantly in their web browser and Windows desktop & laptop users can play Blackjack either instantly in their web browser or from within a perfectly secure download client. Let’s take a quick look at the Blackjack rules.
The main aim is for your hand to end up as close to 21 points than the dealer’s hand without exceeding this number. The numbers 2 through 10 are all worth their face value in points whereas an Ace is worth either 1 or 11 points and the Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth 10 points. As soon as you have placed a wager and hit deal, a total of two cards will be dealt to you and to the dealer. One of the dealer’s cards will even appear face up for you to see.
If those first two cards that you have been dealt include, for example, a Queen and an Ace you would instantly have achieved Blackjack (10 + 11 = 21 points) and you would win the hand, unless the dealer also has an identical hand that adds up to 21 points. If you and the dealer both end up with the same number of points (17 to 21), the result will end in a tie (aka push) and you will receive your initial stake back. You would also win the hand if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand. Let’s just say that you are dealt a King and a Jack (10 + 10 = 20 points) and the dealer is dealt a Queen and a 9 (10 + 9 = 19 points), you would win the hand.
If you or the dealer’s hand ends up going over 21 points, that hand would be useless. This is called going bust. Once you have finished taking your turn to try and improve your hand, it will be the dealer’s turn to try and improve his hand and you will both have several betting options available such as Hit (to take another card), Split (to split your cards into two separate hands) Double (double your bet), Stand (don’t make a move and simply let the dealer take his turn) or Insurance (pay a little extra if dealer is showing an Ace).