Online Blackjack

Just Aussie Casinos intends to guide players who may or may not have a good understanding of the game of Blackjack (also known as 21). This one to one card game is loved by Aussies and players around the world. Unlike keno or scratch cards or any other game of chance, Blackjack can be affected by strategy and technique.

Blackjack is a standout amongst the most original casino games on the planet because it is such an easy game to learn. Being easy to learn and working your brain to apply various strategies are amongst the top reasons for numerous players being hooked to this card game.

Read on to learn all about the evolution of blackjack and the basic rules of standard blackjack. Players should bear in mind that blackjack rules differ in accordance to the variation you play; however, the standard outline remains the same.

  • Blackjack History
  • Blackjack table and card values
  • How to play blackjack
  • Blackjack Payouts
  • Blackjack Glossary of Terms

By the end of this article, we hope that you understand all the rules of blackjack and are confident enough to try the game out in your favourite Aussie casino.

Blackjack History

The definite history of Blackjack is not totally transparent and still evades researchers today. The closest we can get to its origin is in 1700 France, where the game ‘Vingt-et-Un’ which translates to 21 was played. Others accept that the historical backdrop of the game began from Italy, as an Italian game “Thirty-One” was believed to be played a lot earlier, in the 13th century.

Blackjack table and card values

On the blackjack table, players will see a device on the top right or top left, which is called the “Shoe”. This device holds up to 6 to 8 deck of cards depending on the Blackjack variation you are playing. This device automatically shuffles all the cards and the dealer pulls it out and deals it.

Another area of the table is the betting area which is towards the bottom of the table. The navigation bar at the bottom holds chips of various denominations and that’s where players start.

Card values

Cards are valued in a very unique way in Blackjack. The cards 10, J, Q and K are valued as 10. An Ace can have a value of 1 or 11, depending on the player’s requirement. All other numbered cards, 2 to 9, retain their face value.

How to play Blackjack

In Blackjack, your hand rivals the dealer’s hand, regardless of the number of bets you’ve placed or the number of players on the table. The main objective is to have a card total of 21 or closest to 21 at the end, whilst having a higher total than the dealer’s.

Steps to play blackjack

You select a coin denomination form the navigation bar and place it on the betting box or ante bet area.

Click deal and the dealer deals 2 cards to the player and 2 cards to himself. (The player will be able to see only one of the dealer’s cards whilst the player’s cards are immediately exposed)

As soon as you receive 2 cards, you will have the option to ‘Hit’ or ‘Stand’. If the player is satisfied with his current card total and thinks the dealer will not have a total more than the player’s, he can stand. If the player thinks he requires additional cards to get closer to 21, he can ‘Hit’ upon which he is dealt one more card. Players are allowed to hit until their card total crosses 21. A total over 21 is a bust and the player automatically loses.

After feeling satisfied with his hand, the player Stands, then it is the dealer’s turn to get closest to 21.

Whichever side has a total greater than the other without going over 21 is the winner. If both sides have an equal card total, it’s a Push and all bets are reimbursed.

Blackjack Gameplay rules

All rules applied to the player are applied to the dealer except the fact that the dealer has to stand if he has a total of 17 or over.

If the player or the dealer have a card value of 1 and 10 in their initial 2 hands, it’s a blackjack which is an automatic win.

If the dealer busts (goes over 21), it is an automatic win for the player unless the player busts first.

If the player is dealt a matching pair of cards (two 7’s for example), they have the option to split their cards. Splitting automatically forces another bet as the pair of 7’s that were initially dealt and are now two separate hands. The dealer then deals another card for each of the hands and gameplay continues as normal.

At the point where a player has just their initial 2 cards in a hand, they might be permitted to ‘Double Down’. When a player doubles down, they double their original bet and automatically receive only one additional card. The player loses both his chips if the dealer manages to beat the player’s card total, however, if the player wins, they can win twice of what they originally would. The availability of Doubling Down depends on the variation; some BJ variations might let you double down any time where as others might allow it in certain hands, usually a total of 9, 10 or 11.

When the dealer is dealt an Ace card first and has a chance of a blackjack (an Ace and a card of value 10 which results in an automatic win), the option of insurance is available to the player. Insurance is a bet against the chance that the dealer has a blackjack.

Blackjack Payouts

Blackjack payouts are very easy to understand. If the player has a total over the dealer’s total or if the dealer goes bust before the player does, the player will win with a payout of 1:1, therefore winning the exact amount wagered. A Blackjack pays the player 3:2 and insurance pays 2:1 (Insurance pays only if the player correctly predicts the dealer’s blackjack).

Some of the most popular online blackjack casino games include:

Blackjack Glossary of Terms

Ante bet: The chip placed on the table as an initial bet before a new round starts.

Blackjack: A two card combination of an Ace and a Ten, Jack, Queen or King. A blackjack is an automatic win.

Bust: A forfeit situation in which either the player or dealer has a hand total over 21 and surrenders his bet.

Bust Card: The individual card that sums the hand’s total over 21; the last card dealt when a side is bust.

Chips: The tokens that are used for making wagers.

Dealer: The representative of the casino who deals the card and with whom you play against; virtual dealer controlled by a random number generator in online casino’s case.

Double Down: Doubling the original bet and receiving only one additional card.

Face Cards: Any ten-valued card (Jack, Queen or King)

Face Value: The original value of the card

Hit: To request the dealer for an additional card.

Insurance: If a dealer shows an Ace up, the player can place an Insurance bet if he feels that the dealer may have a blackjack and will get paid 2:1 of any winning bet.

Natural: Another term for blackjack.

Pair: The initial two cards with the same value.

Push: If the player’s and dealer’s card total are the same.

Shoe: The device through which the cards are shuffled and dealt.

Split: To separate a pair of cards creating two distinct hands.

Stand: Receive no more cards from the dealer.

Surrender: A rule that allows you to forfeit half your bet by submitting your hand.

Up Card: The dealer’s card that the player can see because it is faced up.