Your First Game of Blackjack in a Casino
It’s probably the most famous card game in the world, and definitively one of the most popular among USA players. It’s been featured dozens and dozens of times in Hollywood movies. And it packs an adrenaline rush into every single deal. It’s everyone’s favorite game of 21, and gambling at the blackjack table is more realistic than ever at Palace of Chance.
How to Play Online Blackjack
Online blackjack at Palace of Chance works exactly like the real-world casino version of this classic casino card gamethat you might be used to. To win, just get as close to 21 without going over. If your hand is better than the dealer’s hand, you win.
First, you place your bet. You can choose to bet between $5 and $250 per hand. Once you’re satisfied with your bet, hit Deal. The dealer will deal you two cards face up, and he’ll deal himself one card face up and one card face down.
If your first two cards add up to 21, that’s called hitting blackjack, and you’ll automatically win. If the dealer has 21, he’ll win. If you don’t hit 21 (and assuming the dealer didn’t hit 21) you’ve got some decisions to make.
If you’re wondering how to play online casino blackjack once the spotlight shifts to you, we’ve got everything covered. When it’s your move, you can either choose to hit, stand, double down, or split (in some situations). Here’s a quick look at what each decision leads to.
- Stand — This means you’re happy with your hand, and you’re not interested in claiming another card.
- Hit — By deciding to hit, you’re asking for an additional card. Your goal is to get as close to 21 without going over. You can keep hitting until you’re happy with your hand. Remember, you don’t know what the dealer’s second card is, so basic online blackjack strategy applies.
- Double — By doubling down, you commit to doubling your initial bet. That means, if you bet $10 initially, you’ll have to throw another $10 on top of your original bet. If you choose to double, you’ll only be dealt one additional card.
- Split — In some situations, it might be a good idea to split. You’ll have the opportunity to split two cards that are the same value (so two tens, two nines, two eights, etc.). When you split, you’ll play out each hand as if it’s a new one, with a brand new beet on each hand.
The Dealer’s Turn
The final decision for your hand, no matter what it is, is to stand. Once you’ve decided to stand, the dealer gets a turn. He’ll reveal the face down card. If he’s got a 16 or less, he’ll need to hit. If he’s sitting on 17 or more, he’ll stand.
Winning at Blackjack
You’ll win playing blackjack when:
- You hit a blackjack (getting 21 off the bat)
- Your hand is higher than the dealer’s hand (without going over 21)
- If the dealer busts (by going over 21) and you’re still in the game