Blackjack Rules and Tips

Recap of the Game
In this game of cards you are only competing against the dealer. Your objective is to draw cards until your hand adds up to 21 or beat the dealer’s hand by getting as close to 21 as possible, without going bust (exceeding 21). If you bust, you lose, whatever the dealer’s hand totals.

BLACKJACK
If the player’s first two cards are an ace and a 10 or face card, he wins online casino. However, if the dealer also has a blackjack, it is a standoff, as are all ties or pushes. A winning blackjack pays the player 3 to 2.

HIT or STAND
Hit means to draw another card (which the player signifies by scraping the table with his cards or a similar hand motion). Stand means no more cards (which the player signals by placing his cards under his wager or moving his hand in a horizontal direction. If the player hits and busts (goes over 21), he immediately turns his cards over and his wager is lost.

DOUBLE DOWN
The player is allowed to double the bet on his first two cards and draw one additional card only to improve his hand.

SPLITTING PAIRS
If the first two cards a player is dealt are a pair, he may split them into two separate hands, bet the same amount on each and then play them separately. Aces receive only one additional card. After splitting, A-10 counts as 21 and not as blackjack.

INSURANCE
If the dealer’s up card is an ace, the player may take insurance, a bet not exceeding one-half his original bet. If the dealer’s down card is a 10 or any face card, the player wins 2 to 1. Any other card means a win for the dealer.

SURRENDER
Where permitted, a player may give up his first two cards and lose only one-half his original bet.

In most cases the dealer must draw on 16 and stand on 17. In some casinos, the dealer is required to draw on soft 17.