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Play Online Blackjack at Playzee

The Playzee Casino Gallery has plenty of online Blackjack options for you to choose from, including a variety of game types that cater to all players, from casual players to high rollers. For beginning players or generally casual players, look for classic games such as Blackjack or Blackjack Classic. If you’re an experienced player or consider yourself a high roller, check out some of our higher stakes games such as Blackjack Classic High or Blackjack Pro High. For a true game changer, get into the live Blackjack action going on at Playzee’s Live Casino. In this innovative, state of the art type game takes you straight to the betting floor of a physical casino, where you can interact with a live dealer in real time as you make your bets at the Blackjack table.

The Game of Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most well-known and widely played casino games in the world. Dating back hundreds of years, this classic card game of chance is now a fixture in every casino, whether physical or virtual. It’s a game of both luck and strategy, where each player at the table plays 1 on 1 against the dealer. The object of the game is to get a combination of cards with a sum of 21, or as close to 21 as possible, without going over. Here at Playzee, we offer you a wide variety of different Blackjack options, each with their own unique style and gameplay that cater to any type of player’s preferences. Check out the different options available in our interactive Playzee Casino Games Gallery.

How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack is a game where you not only rely on the cards that you are dealt, but also the cards that the dealer is dealt. At the end of each round of play, your objective is to have a better hand than the dealer. Before we get to the objective however, we need to talk about the fundamentals of the game.

First, let’s talk about the value of each card in the deck as well as different types of hands that can be reached.

A traditional 52 card deck is used to play Blackjack with most casinos using multiple decks per table – up to six whole decks! The breakdown of the value of each card is described in the following table:

Card Values

Numbered Cards (2 through 10)

Each worth their number value

Face Cards (Jack, Queen, King)

Each worth 10

Aces

Can be worth 1 or 11 depending on your need

Types of Hands

21

Any combination of 3 or more cards that equal 21

Natural 21

Ace + Face Card or 10

Soft Hand

A hand containing an Ace where the value of the Ace is 11

Hard Hand

A hand that doesn’t include an Ace

Bust

A hand that goes over 21

Next, let’s discuss the flow of the game.

The game begins with a round of betting. At this point, every player who would like to participate must bet at least the minimum stake. Then, the dealer deals each person at the table, including themselves, a 2-card hand. The players’ hands are dealt face up while the dealer’s hand is dealt first card face down and second card face up.

Once all cards are dealt, players can make any of the following moves:

Hit – A player may choose to hit, which means to take another card to help in the pursuit of 21, or a number as close as possible to 21 without going over. The player may continue hitting until they either hit 21 or bust by going over 21.

Stand – A player may choose to stand, which means that they believe their cards are good enough to beat the dealer, and therefore don’t need any more cards.

Split – If a player is dealt 2 of the same number/face cards, then they can elect to Split them. Splitting allows a player to split their hand and place a new wager on the new hand, which must be equal to the original wager placed. Then, an additional card is dealt to each of the split cards from the original hand. Please note that in this case, it is the player’s choice whether they would like to split the hand or play the hand as is.

Double Down – A player may choose to double on the hand, if they believe they can produce a winning hand by receiving just one additional card. By doing so, the player doubles their original wager and then receives only 1 more card.

Surrender – A player may choose to surrender the hand after the dealer has had a chance to check the down card. In this case, the player gets to keep half of their bet and their hand is over. This option isn’t available in all casinos or online Blackjack games.

Insurance – If the dealer’s face up card is an ace, players are given the option of buying insurance for that hand. This is in case the dealer’s down card is a face card which would give the dealer a natural 21.

Once all players have acted the dealer turns over the down card and, depending on house rules, hits or stands. Once the results are final, the dealer pays out any players with a winning hand and collects any wagers placed by players with losing hands. In the event of a push, or tie, the player simply gets to keep the wager placed at the beginning of the hand. If the dealer busts, any player who is still in the game gets paid out.

You can find plenty of “How to Win at Blackjack” pages, where mathematicians and professional players offer their tips and strategies to win at Blackjack. While these can be an interesting read and potentially help you make some more informed decisions when playing Blackjack, you should always remember that this is a game of chance.

American Blackjack vs European Blackjack

The basic rules of Blackjack are basically the same when it comes to these 2 versions of the game. However, there are several differences between the 2 that can make a big impact on how you play the game and even how you can win or lose. Let’s look at some of the differences:

American Blackjack

European Blackjack

Uses 6-8 decks with shoe

Uses 2 decks with shoe

Dealer is dealt hole card before round of betting

Dealer is dealt hole card after round of betting

Double down allowed on any hand

Double down only allowed on hard hands of 9, 10, or 11

Double down allowed after splitting

Double down not allowed after splitting

Late surrender allowed

No surrender allowed

While American Blackjack offers more player friendly options during gameplay, European Blackjack gives the dealer less of an advantage by using only 2 decks at a time. When choosing which version to play, be sure to always familiarize yourself with the rules of the game and always play responsibly.

Blackjack Payout Structure

There are 3 different results that can happen at the end of a round of Blackjack and they are paid out according to the following table:

Payout Table

Blackjack

3 to 2

Win without Blackjack

1 to 1

Tie with the Dealer

Push

History of Blackjack

The game of Blackjack dates back centuries, with its origins largely unknown. The game as we know it today is based off a game called 21, which is first referenced in a book from early 17th century Spain. In this book, some of the rules of the modern game are laid out, such as the objective to reach a sum of 21 with your cards without going over as well as the value of the ace which can be 1 or 11.

The name “Blackjack” would arrive much later when the game was first being introduced in the United States of America in the 19th century. During this time, gambling establishments would offer bonus payouts to players who would achieve the objective of 21 with a black Ace of Spades and a black Jack (of either Clubs or Spades). While the name stuck around for a couple more centuries, the 10 to 1 bonus incentive that made it popular didn’t stand the test of time.

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