Online BlackJack Rules

Blackjack is a game that is always played against the dealer, and can be played with a single deck or multiple decks.

Each player and the dealer themselves are each dealt two cards, with one of the dealers cards being dealt face up, to help you decide how to play your hand as the dealer always plays their hand last.

The object of the game is to have a higher hand than the dealer but below twenty one.

The cards are counted at face value, with the exception of the Ace which can be counted either as a One or Eleven (the Ace counts as Eleven as long as the remaining cards are less than or equal to Ten). All of the picture cards count as Ten.

If you are dealt an Ace and a Ten then you get Blackjack, and providing the dealer does not also get Blackjack then you automatically win that hand.

During play you have the option to stick with the cards that you have been dealt, this is know as 'Standing', or you can request more cards One at a time, this is known as 'Hitting'.

You may continue to Hit as long as your hand does not exceed Twenty-One.

Depending on the cards that you have been dealt and the casino rules you may also have other playing options open to you.

Splitting

If you are dealt two cards of the same value, you have the choice to 'Split'.

This means that you can split the cards into two seperate hands and double your orginal bet, by by betting on each hand equal to your orginal bet.

You then proceed to play each of the two hands in turn.

Doubling Down

You may 'Double Down' when first recieving your cards, which allows you to double your bet in return for recieving exactly one card.

Insurance

If the dealer has Ace showing, you have the option of paying insurance, which is a side bet equal to %50 of your orginal bet, and you are betting on the dealer having BlackJack (the dealers down card being a Ten or a picture card).

An Insurance bet pays 2:1.