Blackjack Guide

Aussies love the game of blackjack and our website is explicitly dedicated to this legendary casino game, 21. This one on one card game has always been a favourite among Australians and many would love to make some money out of it.

Blackjack has always been known as a game where strategy and chance goes hand in hand. Unlike most other casino games where luck highly needs to be on your side, with Blackjack, you need practice and develop skills to beat the house in their own game. Blackjack is one of the very few games in which the payout rate can easily cross 100%.

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–          Card Values
–          Hit or Stand
–          Double down, Split and Insurance
–          Dealer’s Move

Below we have provided a complete guide on learning blackjack where we will introduce it with a brief history and get into all the details necessary making sure that by the end of this Blackjack guide, you’ll be confident enough to place some chips on the BJ table. We suggest you to read this guide thoroughly until you know its ins and outs.

Blackjack History

blackjack-history-franceThe definite history of blackjack has puzzled researchers for decades and it’s still not clear where this game originated. The word ‘vingt-et-un’ is French meaning twenty-one and its first known use was in 1772. Another historic reference to 21 was found in the beginning of the 17th century where the tern ‘Ventiuna’ meaning twenty-one in Spanish was used in a short story; this story also describes the value of ace being one or 11.

This mysterious history still eludes many researchers. As a player, all you need to realise is this game of unclear past has evolved to be one of the most popular card games in history. In modern context, Blackjack was introduced in the United States around 1931 and as its popularity began to grow, the trail began to spread in all casinos around the world.

Blackjack table

In this section, we describe the online blackjack table. While most tables in a land casino will have unique formats with a dealer standing in an orderly fashion, the BJ table in online casinos depicts a virtual table.

As you can see in the image above, a standard online blackjack table can be divided in 4 sections:

  • Navigation bar: The Navigation bar at the bottom controls all the functions. Through this bar, players select their chip size, order the virtual dealer to deal and perform all other functions like hit or stand.
  • Ante bet: The betting area lies right above the navigation bar. After selecting a chip size, players click on the betting box to place their chips. If the player wins, the dealer will place the winning amount on that area as well.
  • Shoe: The Shoe is a device from which the cards are dealt. It normally sits on the top right or left corner of the table. This device shuffles the card in random order and can hold up to 8 standard card decks.
  • Card play area: The player’s cards are dealt on top of the ante bet box and the dealer’s cards are dealt in the top middle of the table, next to the shoe.

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Blackjack Rules

Blackjack is played against the casino; this format applies to online as well as land casinos. Both the dealer and the player are dealt 2 cards each initially.

The objective of the game is to have a card total higher than the dealer’s, without going over 21.

Card values

Cards are valued in a very unique way in blackjack. While this might sound a bit complicated initially, it’s not and there’s a reason for cards to be values in this specific way.

The cards J, Q and K have a value of 10 and Ace can be values at 1 or 11. The reason for this valuation is that an Ace and a 10 is a called a Blackjack.

Hit or Stand

These are the most basic moves in blackjack and the first play option that you come across as soon as the cards are dealt. Keeping the objective in mind, a player Hits to request an additional card from the dealer and the player Stands if he feels that his current card total is enough to beat the dealer’s hand. The player may take as many cards as desired, until they reach a total they are happy with or get Bust, upon which the player immediately forfeits his bet.

Double down, Split and Insurance

There are secondary options that players might come across if they face certain hand totals.

A player is allowed to double down when their initial 2 card total is 9, 10 or 11. When doubling down, the player agrees to place another chip that equals his initial bet and receives only one more card. The card total after that single card is the final total for the player and it’s the dealer’s move next. (Some variations allow doubling down in any card total)

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A player is also allowed to Split his card into two separate bets if he receives a pair as his initial two cards. If a player decides to split, his two cards separate and the player makes one more bet of the same amount. Then, one more cards are dealt on each separate hand and the player may continue playing as normal, with two separate hands.

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Since an Ace and a 10 is blackjack, which is an automatic win for both the dealer and the player, the dealer gives the player a chance for Insurance if the dealer’s first card (the card visible to the player) is an Ace. If the dealer is dealt an Ace, he will ask the player if they want Insurance. If the player wants the insurance, he will place another bet which is independent from his ante bet. If the dealer has a blackjack, the player will lose his ante bet but win on the insurance bet.

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Dealer’s Move

As mentioned above, both the dealer and the player are dealt two cards each and the player can only view the dealer’s first card. After the player finishes his turn, by either Standing or hitting a Blackjack, it’s the dealer’s move and the dealer reveals his second card to the player. The dealer has to follow one cardinal rule in blackjack; the dealer must stand when he reaches a total of 17 or higher. The dealer does not have a chance to increase his card total after reaching 17, regardless of the player’s hand total.

In case the dealer has a total of 16 and he hits and gets a total of more than 21, then the dealer busts and the player wins automatically.

Blackjack Payouts

Payouts in Blackjack are pretty straightforward. Should you beat the dealer with a higher total, you will receive a 1:1 payout therefore profiting with the exact amount you wagered. Should you have a Blackjack (an Ace and a 10 card value) you will receive 3:2 payout. If the dealer and the player have the same card total, it’s a PUSH and the ante bet is returned.

Insurance pays 2 to 1 so if you bet that the dealer has a blackjack and he does, you will win the insurance bet.

Blackjack Variations

Blackjack is a popular game with an unclear origin. As soon as this game stepped in the first land casino, it spread like a wild fire. Over the years, there have been many variations of blackjack. Different types of blackjack variations does not intent do reinvent this legendary game, but intends to give players a unique experience through the game form of card game. Some of the most popular variations of blackjack are:

  • Atlantic City Blackjack
  • Vegas Strip Blacjack
  • Spanish 21 Blackjack
  • Double Exposure Blackjack
  • Super Fun 21

We explain how each variation is unique in our “Blackjack Variations” page.

Blackjack Glossary

To master this popular card game, it’s important that players understand all its terms that are connected to a BJ table. Our Blackjack Glossary page lists all the terms a player needs to be familiar with in order to play this game properly and professionally.

Blackjack Strategies

Learn to play Blackjack like a pro with our Blackjack Strategy guide. As we’ve emphasized earlier, Blackjack is a game where strategy can overcome luck and an educated application of appropriate strategy will definitely increase your chances of winning. We do not guarantee a win on every hand, but you’re better off using our strategy than clicking on hit or stand randomly.