Blackjack is one of the most famous card games in the world and a popular choice for players in both online and land based casinos. The idea behind the game is to beat the dealer by drawing cards in order to get a total as close to 21 as possible without going bust.
Blackjack is one of the few casino games where the decisions of the player make a difference to the outcome of the game. By playing to basic strategy, a player can reduce the house edge to less than 1%. This makes blackjack one of the best games to play in an online casino.
There are a number of blackjack gaming options at bgo Casino. Players can play with multiple decks, a single deck, multiple hands, a single hand, and often there is also a live dealer option in our Macau section.
At the start of a game, each player is dealt two cards face down. The dealer has one card face up. Players then decide whether or not to take another card or to stick with what they have already.
There are also options to double your stake, which means you can put more money into the hand but you only get one more card. You can split if you are dealt a pair, which in effect creates two separate hands to play with.
The dealer moves around the table asking each player if they want any more cards. If you draw a card but go over 21, you lose your money. After the players have all acted it is the dealer’s turn to draw cards. The dealer must draw to 17 or bust. If the dealer busts, all players with hands still in play are paid. If the dealer doesn’t bust his hand is compared with the players and the highest total wins.
Hands are added up according to card value, with J, Q and K all counting as 10 and Ace counting as 1 or 11. A hand consisting of a 10 value card and an Ace is called blackjack and is the highest hand available, higher than any other 21 value hand. Blackjack normally pays 3 to 2.
If the dealer’s up card shows an Ace you will be offered insurance. This means you will pay half your original bet again to insure yourself against the dealer hitting blackjack. Insurance pays 2 to 1.
Blackjack is a great casino game and is great fun even if you don’t follow strategy. For those who do know their strategy it can offer up some serious winning opportunities. Check out our blackjack tips article for more information.