Blackjack is one of the most popular online casino games here at Paddy Power Games for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s one of the easiest table games for beginners to grasp. Secondly, it offers one of the lowest house edges, putting the odds of beating the dealer only marginally in the house’s favour. Thirdly, blackjack is one of the most historic casino games, thought to have originated back in the early 18th century.
Today, blackjack is readily available online as well as at land-based casinos. We’re here to show you how it’s just as possible to win at blackjack online as it is offline. If you’re keen to know the best way to play and the best way to win at blackjack online, read on for all our hints and tips:
There are six main phrases used at the online blackjack tables to describe the various actions you can make during a single game:
A player ‘stands’ when they decide not to receive any more cards, or the rules state that the dealer cannot draw any further cards to their hand.
A player can ‘double down’ a bet after receiving their first two cards. This requires them to double their initial wager, in exchange for receiving one more additional card.
A player can ‘split’ their initial hand into two when they are dealt a pair i.e. two cards of the same value. To create the second hand during a split, a player must make a second starting wager against the new hand.
A player can ‘surrender’ their blackjack hand if they believe the dealer’s hand is almost certain to beat theirs. In doing so, the player receives half of their initial wager back.
A player can pay ‘insurance’ as an optional side bet. This is offered by the dealer whenever the dealer’s upcard is an ace. If the dealer does have blackjack, the insurance bet pays out 2:1.
What are the winning hands in blackjack?
The beauty of blackjack is that there are a multitude of winning hands. Although you’ll often need a good starting hand to beat the dealer, there’s no reason why you can’t win with a lower-value hand, providing the dealer’s hand is of an even lower value, or they bust (go above 21).
What happens when you win blackjack?
If you win blackjack, which requires you to be dealt with an Ace and any other face card or ten, you will be paid out at a higher rate. The rate will depend on the table you choose, with some tables choosing to pay out blackjack at a ratio of 3:2, while others will pay out blackjack at 6:5. It goes without saying that tables paying out at the better ratio of 3:2 are the better tables to play at.
How can you get better at blackjack?
If you want to improve your skills at the online blackjack tables, it’s a good idea to learn all the online blackjack rules and the basic strategy for playing each hand against the value of the dealer’s cards. Aside from getting to grips with the basic strategy blackjack chart, you should also optimise your money management, so that you only risk a small percentage of your bankroll with each game.