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Online Blackjack Games are played every day by people from all over the world. Whether you would like to play blackjack for real money, or if you are just looking for some free blackjack games to practice your skills, we'll show you where to play. Download any of the online casinos to the right to get started right away.

Blackjack is the classic card game that almost everyone feels like they have a chance at winning. The idea of simply having to get twenty-one points out of your cards, makes many a gambler feel that they can win the deceptively complex game. What many don’t realize is that it is a game based on strategy, as well as luck.

Blackjack, also known as “21,” Vingt-et-un (which is simply 21 in French), or Pontoon, is a card game based on the idea that you must get no more than 21 points when playing it from the numbers and faces on your cards. You simply want to hit the magic number, or stay underneath of it, for once you go over, or “go bust,” the dealer wins.     

The first reference of blackjack is in a book dated between 1601 and 1602. The game had been played at a much earlier date due to references within the text, but this is the first written account of the game. Blackjack grew in popularity from there, with references of the game in France and Spain in the early 17th century. When first introduced in the states it was not well received. By offering various payouts to their gamblers, gambling houses were able to entice them to give the game a try.

Blackjack is a delicate balance where one must look at the cards on the table and figure out what his chances are of winning the hand, or at least getting a number higher than the dealer’s without going over. Once you go over, even if the dealer busts as well, you lose your money. This is where the idea of “counting cards” comes in. Some swear that it is possible to count the number of cards that have been used to a degree of probability that you can determine what your next hand will be. Obviously this is frowned upon by the casinos.

When playing blackjack, the face cards are worth 10 points each, and the number cards are worth their face value. However, the Ace can be either a 1 or an 11 depending on your other cards. When it is being used as an 11 it is called a “soft hand” for it can change to a one if the cards dealt would bust the player, at which point it would revert back.

Each player at the table is playing their own game of blackjack with the dealer. It is possible for the dealer to win and lose at the same time. Perhaps you are playing with five people at the table. One of them gets 16, one gets 23, one gets 21, one gets 30 and one gets 10. If the dealer gets 15 there will be two winners and that would be the person who had 21 and the person who had 16. However, let’s say the dealer busts – now everyone wins except for the one who had 23 and the one who had 30 – for even if the dealer busts, if you have busted as well you both lose. Now let’s say he gets 21 – everyone loses except for the person with the 21 – in that case he has tied with the dealer and it is called a “push” and no one wins.

The amount that you can bet on blackjack varies per table and per casino. The amount is clearly posted on the table so you know what you are playing with when you sit down. After the initial bets are placed, the dealer will pass out the cards from anywhere from one deck of cards on up. The dealer gives two cards to each player including himself and then turns one of his cards face up. In American blackjack there is also the issue of insurance. If the dealer’s face up card is an ace, or any one of the ten value cards, the dealer asks the players if they want insurance. This means that should the dealer already have blackjack you will not lose your initial bet. If you have anything other than blackjack you will lose your bet. As a general rule you should never take insurance. Most of the time the dealer does not have blackjack, and insurance is a sucker's bet for the most part. An experienced blackjack player will only take insurance under the most favorable conditions, which are not the norm, so unless you're counting cards and know the count, don't take insurance.

There are several options open to the blackjack player upon receiving his cards. These are usually the same when playing online as well as in land based casinos. Play blackjack online for money at onlineblackjack.org or play at any of the online casinos listed atop this page.

Blackjack Moves:

Hit: which means take another card, usually shown by player hitting table with finger.

Stay (or) Stand: Which means he will not take any more cards. This is also known as stick or stand, and is usually shown by player moving hand horizontally.

Double Down: They will increase their bet and take one more card. They can go as high as double their original bet, which is usually standard. They can go less, but that is called “double down for less” and is not usually allowed in the casinos. It is shown by placing additional chips next to the original bet and making the one finger sign.

Split: Means they will double the bet and make each card be the first card in a new hand. Both cards must have same rank for this to occur, and is shown by placing additional chips next to the original bet and making one finger sign.

Surrender: this is when you forfeit half of the amount of money that you have bet and you give up your hand. This is a rare one as many casinos do not allow this move.

What is interesting is that most casinos require the hand signals so that there is no confusion as to what it is they want the dealer to do. Once everyone has made their choice, the dealer flips over their cards and if you have won they will pay you out at 1:1.
 
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