Online blackjack is as simple as any online game can be. However, if you are not very familiar with the nuances of the game, you can easily go broke on the table (or site if you may). With that in mind, you will need to learn a few tricks as pertains to online casino blackjack games before you can play. Word of caution; start with the free games so that you practice the strategies that work for you before you can play for money.
Tips to Playing Online Blackjack
Pick a Site
Contrary to popular thought, you cannot pick just any online casino to play at, even if they all offer free trials. A lot of factors go into selecting a site that best suits your preferences. For example, which country does the site grant access to, what are the registration requirements, what kind of game do you want to play? All these are very essential when choosing a site.
Do your research. If you plan to play for cash at some point, go for a site that offers good signup bonuses, live tournaments, varied deposit options, varying e-wallets and profitable promotions. It is also advisable to go for a site that offers a wide variety of Blackjack types to give you room to try out which best suits your style.
Install the Software
Depending on the online casino you choose, you can either play online or install downloaded software. The installed Blackjack software is always best as your game will not be interrupted by browser crashes, slow internet and other such issues. It is stable and secure, and easy and fast to install. It is also important to note that the software comes with easy installation instructions and you can play immediately after installing.
Play an Online Blackjack Game
Once you get the software running, you will see a list of games. Click on blackjack to get a list of the types of blackjack games from which to choose.
Take your pick, and you will get a blackjack table. Place your bet. Depending on the online casino you choose, you can just click on the chip and circle or literally “drag” the chips to your betting circle. If you click or drag the wrong chips, you can still correct the bet before you “deal”. You can always see the cumulative value of your bet at all times.
When you are satisfied with your bet, click “Deal” button. You will be dealt your cards, so will the dealers, and the “Action” button is activated. You can now hit, double or stand. You can even choose an insurance bet.
Explaining the Moves
Hit - take a card and hit it as many times as you like
Stand – end your turn and pass to the next player or dealer
Double Up – you can double the bet, take just one card and end your turn
Split – if you have 2 similar cards, you can play each as a separate hand and get a card for each hand, which gives you the option to either hit or stand. If you decide to play the two hands, you need to place another bet for the extra hand.
Surrender – while it is no longer an option in most casinos, it is an option where you are allowed to bow out of the game and lose half of your total bet. This is usually an option when you are likely to lose a lot more than just half.
When Are These Moves Appropriate?
This is appropriate in almost all soft hands except when you need to stand or split
If the dealer has 4-6 and you have a 12, it is best to stand
If the dealer has 6 or less and you have 13-16
If you have a 17 or more
If you have 9, 10, 11, 15 or 16 and the dealer has 3-6, 2-9, 2-10, 10, 9-Arespectively
Always hit with a pair of 5s or 10s
If you have doubles of any number except 9 and the dealer has 10, Ace or 7, always split
This is usually a move that you can take after a split.
Always double up when you have 2s and 3s, 4s and 6 and the dealer has 2 or 3, 5 or 6, and 2 respectively
There is a lot more to playing Blackjack than is listed on this article. You need to learn more about strategy, hands, betting rules and the scoring. Keep n mind that the game is always against the dealer and not against other players, if you are not playing solo.
Keep in mind that all the strategies and tricks are not a guarantee of a win; they simply increase the odds to your favor.