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The main rule of blackjack
It’s often believed that the goal of blackjack is to get a better hand than the other players or the dealer, but this is not the case!
Unlike games like Andar Bahar or Teen Patti, the main goal of blackjack is to beat the dealer. This is done by making them go bust, or by, at the end of the game, have a hand closer to 21 without going over, than them.
In other words, the hand of any other player at the table is irrelevant and has nothing to do with your hand or your winnings.
The Blackjack Table
No matter if you’re an experienced player or just learning how to play blackjack, when sitting down at an online live blackjack table, you’ll start by choosing a seat.
If there are no seats available, you’ll have to wait or decide to Bet Behind. But for the sake of it, let’s say you’ve found a spot.
You’ll notice a large round area where to place your generic bet, and areas for side bets, depending on the table. The side bet Perfect Pairs, and 21+3 are almost always available.
The center of the table will also show standard rules for the particular table.
Hit – Get another card dealt to you.
Stand – Signals that you are satisfied with your hand, no more actions will be asked for the rest of the round.
Split & Re-Split – Two identical cards, or cards of the same value, can be separated to create two hands. When this is done, your stake is matched for the new hand, and you’ll get one new card each per hand.
Double Down – Doubling your stake while receiving one more card. It’s not possible to Hit after Doubling Down.
Surrender – Folding your cards and receiving half your stake back. This is very rarely done but done in some instances where the chances of winning are slim.
Insurance – Placing an Insurance bet costs half of your initial stake and will pay 2:1. If the dealer’s second card is a 10, Jack, Queen, or King, the dealer has a Blackjack on their hand, and you’ll win the Insurance.
Bust – The player or dealer “goes bust” if their card values exceed 21.
Bet Behind – The option of betting on another player’s hand. It can be done as an extra bet when seated, or as a way of participating in the game while waiting for an open seat.
Natural Blackjack – Getting a hand valued 21 on the first two cards you’re dealt. This hand will automatically win unless the dealer also lands 21, in which case it’s a Tie.
Blackjack – Getting a hand valued 21 at any point in the game. This hand will automatically win unless it is Tied with the dealer.
Tie – Ending the game round with the same valued hand as the dealer. Your bet is returned to you.
21+3 – A side bet where the payout’s size is based on a 3-card poker hand made out of your two initial cards and the dealers up card.
Perfect Pairs – A side bet that pays 30:1 if the first two cards dealt to you are of the same rank and suit.
Blackjack value cards
All cards except the Joker are used in blackjack, which means that online blackjack is played with anything from 52 to 416 cards, depending on how many decks are used at once.
- The Ace card has a value of 1 or 11, depending on the other card or cards in the hand.
- 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued at 10.
- 2 to 9 have face-value.
The rules of a live blackjack dealer
The dealer has a few rules to follow when playing. These rules can vary depending on the blackjack table, but the most common rule is that they have to Stand on 17 and Hit on 16.
This means that the dealer is obliged to give themselves a new card as long as their hand is less than 17.
A live blackjack dealer will never conduct betting actions such as Split, Surrender, or Double Down.
The rules of the player (you)
You have no specific rules that you need to remember when playing blackjack at a real money casino site in India. All available actions are marked on the table when it’s your turn to play.
However, it’s good to know that online blackjack rarely allows Double Down after a Split, even if it’s offered at brick-and-mortar casinos.
Proper table etiquette is also important. This means not taking too long to make decisions, or being rude or unpleasant in the table chat.
Creating the best winning chances
Since the outcome of a round of blackjack is based on your actions, there are ways to increase your chances of winning some sweet rupees while playing!
Using a basic blackjack strategy is, by far, the best way to maximize your winning chances. It is also a great way to make friends at the table.
It’s also a LOT of fun to play like a pro!
Using a strategy for blackjack online, no matter if it’s the basic strategy, Martingale, or something different, is really easy, check out our guides and see for yourself!
If you feel up for it, card counting can also be used to give you that extra edge.