Blackjack - Learn How to Play Blackjack with Rules and Strategy

Blackjack is a great game for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is a confrontation between the player and the house. In the online casino this becomes more pronounced, because of the fact that you are almost always playing a one-on-one game with the virtual dealer.

There are many people who have a minor misconception about the object8ive of the game of blackjack. It is not simply, as some folks might think, a matter of getting closer to the total of 21 than the dealer does. We have to add something to that; certainly that is one way you can win, but you also can win by successfully staying under the total of 21 while the dealer exceeds it.

In blackjack you are dealt two cards, which will appear face-up in the game interface. The dealer has two cards as well, except that in most cases, one of those cards will be face-up, while the other one is face-down. When both parties have their first two cards, it is incumbent upon you to make a decision as to what to do.

You can HIT, by taking another card; you can STAND on the two-card hand you already have. You can also DOUBLE, which usually involves doubling your bet and taking an additional card (if that is what the rules allow you to do). You can SPLIT a pair of cards (also sometimes ten-value cards), and play them as separate hands, placing an equal bet in front of them. From there, in some versions of the game you can double on that hand.

When the dealer has the possibility of achieving a two-card 21 (also known as  a" blackjack"), you'll have the opportunity to take INSURANCE, where you put up half your original bet and get paid 2-to-1 if the dealer does in fact have 21. And there are some games in which you are allowed to use the option of SURRENDER, where you can protect yourself from losing with a very bad hand by taking back half your bet.

While the player can make a lot of different decisions, the dealer is constrained to abiding by certain rules. For example, the dealer (in most versions of the game) must hit on anything that totals 16 (in the two-card hand) or less, and must stand on 17 or higher. The dealer cannot make independent decisions based on what YOUR hand is, and does not have the option of splitting, doubling or surrendering. Of course, the house gets only your original bet when it has a "blackjack," while you get paid 3-to-2 when you get one.

There is a set of playing rules called the "Basic Strategy" that can bring most players essentially a break-even game with the house if it is followed faithfully. So there is no reason not to play well!