Blackjack, also known as 21, is one of the most popular casino games of all time. A firm favourite of many, Blackjack is widely available across our casinos in various different versions.
The traditional game of Blackjack involves play between the player and dealer. The main aim for the player is to ‘beat’ the dealer by achieving exactly 21 points within their first two cards (a ‘blackjack’), or resulting in an end score lower than 21 but still higher than the dealer.
History of Blackjack
The actual history of Blackjack has often been questioned by experts, but it is thought to have originated from games played in France and Spain in the 1700s.
Only referred to as 21 in the early days of its play, Blackjack became increasingly popular throughout Europe due to its emphasis on skill rather than just luck. It then became popular in America (only in places it was considered legal of course!), and this is where the name ‘Blackjack’ was created which eventually took over its original name of 21.
Blackjack steps and rules
If you are a newbie to the world of online casinos and aren’t sure whether you will pick up Blackjack… don’t worry!
We strive to make playing our casino games as simple and enjoyable as possible, so whether you are an old-time Blackjack player who just needs a refresher or someone who has never played before, we’ve got you covered.
- A general 52-deck of cards is used, and six decks of cards are often used and shuffled all-together (there are plenty of different versions of Blackjack though, each with their own specific deal of decks – read on till the end to see the most popular versions you can find at our casinos!)
- Before the first deal starts, each player will place a bet of chips (minimum and maximum betting values may vary dependent on which casino you choose).
- Once the cards have been shuffled and cut, the dealer will give one card to himself and each player face-up on the table. The dealer will then deal the second card face-up again to each player but, this time, face-down for himself – so, each player receives both cards face-up, but the dealer receives one card face-up and one face-down.
- If a player’s first two cards achieve a ‘Blackjack’ or a ‘Natural’ (an ace and a card with a value of ten, resulting in 21), the dealer will pay that player one and a half times their bet value. However, this will only happen if the dealer’s first two cards are not a ‘Natural’.
- The player to the left of the dealer will begin, and must decide whether to ‘hit’ (receive another card in an attempt to achieve 21) or ‘stand’ (not receive another card).
- If a player’s cards reach a value higher than 21, they go ‘bust’ and the dealer collects their entire wagered bet.
- When the dealer has attended to every player, his face-down card is then turned up: if the total is higher than 17 he must stand, and if lower than 16 he must take another card.
- During play, players have the option of ‘splitting pairs’ – this occurs if both cards are the same i.e. two sevens, and the player chooses to split them into two separate hands for his turn. However, the amount of his original bet will go on one of the cards, and an equal amount must be placed as a new bet on the other card.
- There is also the option of ‘doubling down’ which involves players doubling their bet if their two cards have a total of 9, 10 or 11.
- Note: the dealer does not have the options of splitting pairs or doubling down.
As Blackjack is such a top favourite for many avid players, there are more and more variations that are becoming increasingly popular! Some of the most loved variations our casinos offer include:
- Multi-hand Blackjack – more than one hand can be played, and it is only available on online casinos!
- Triple 7 Blackjack – some hands containing a 7 will receive a bonus payout
- Matchplay 21 – ten-value cards are removed
If you are a seasoned Blackjack fanatic, or if reading this has simply enticed you into the world of playing Blackjack, check out our casinos and give it a go!