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How to Play Blackjack

Written 15th November 2019

To this day, historians aren’t completely sure where the game originated from. Some say the first version of the game was first played in the early 1600s, when it was then called “Veintiuna”, which in Spanish means twenty-one. Some people say it originates from France where in the early 1700s a game called “Vingt-et-Un”, which is French for twenty-one, became popular in the French casinos. There are also people who believe that a game similar to what we today call Blackjack was played already by the Romans during the Roman Empire. History says that the Romans were great fans of gambling and they used to play a game just like twenty-one using wooden blocks with numbers on them.

So we don’t know exactly where or when this game first came to be, but what we do know is that over the centuries Blackjack has evolved and become a casino game known all over the world. At present day there are various versions of Blackjack to play, for example Blackjack Perfect Pairs. The newest and the most enjoyable concept of this historical casino game is of course Live Blackjack. Thanks to online casinos like Slotto, people can enjoy this popular casino game from the comfort of their own home without losing out on the quality or the standard of their game.

If you are new to online casino games like Blackjack we can appreciate that this is a lot of information to take in at once, you can always use the demo versions to improve your Blackjack skills before you start a real game. Demo versions can be played on Player’s Suite Blackjack and Blackjack when you register as a member. Once you are ready to play for real our live casino section has got a ton of popular games to play. Did you know that we are now a Paypal casino so we accept these as a payment and withdrawal option here at Slotto.

What Are The Basic Rules Of Blackjack

Blackjack as we know it today is actually the American variant of the popular game known as Twenty-one. In a Blackjack game there are usually between 2-7 players and one dealer. As a player you will always play against the dealer, you do not compete against other players. The game is played with one or more decks of cards and the aim for you as a player is to beat the dealer in one of the following ways:

Get 21 points on your first 2 cards (also known as a ‘Blackjack’)

Have a higher score than the dealer on your final hand without exceeding 21.

Have the dealer draw additional cards until their hand exceeds 21.

How Do You Play Blackjack For Beginners

Before a game of Blackjack starts, all players must place their bets. In front of each player there will be a circle or a box known as the betting box. This is where you need to place your chips in order to make a bet.

Chips are most often colour coded. In Live Blackjack £1 chips are white, £5 chips are red, £25 chips are green, £100 chips are black, £500 chips are purple and £1000 chips are orange.

Once all bets are placed the dealer will deal 2 cards each to all players and 2 to himself. Only 1 of the dealer's cards will be face up.

Once all the cards have been dealt the total value of the player’s hand will be calculated. All cards in Blackjack count as their face value. Picture cards count as 10 and an ace can count as a 1 or 11. The total value of a hand is the sum of the card values in a hand.

Now the players must decide if they want to hit, stand, surrender, double down or split.

Once all players have made their moves the dealer will act. The dealer must hit if his hand’s total value is 16 or less and the dealer can’t hit if his total value is 17 or higher.

Players win if the total value of their hand is higher than the dealer's hand without exceeding 21 or if the dealer busts (exceeds 21).

When Should You Hit In Blackjack

Hit

Choosing ‘hit’ means that the dealer will deal you one more card and that card value will be added to your hand’s total.

Stand

‘Stand’ means that you are satisfied with the total of your hand and you want to stand with the cards you currently hold. No more cards will be dealt to you by the dealer.

Surrender

Surrender is not allowed in all Blackjack games. In games where it is permitted it means that you can forfeit the hand immediately with an automatic loss of half the original bet. The surrender will not be available if you have already been dealt a third card or if the dealer has a Blackjack.

Double Down

Double down means that you can double your initial bet, but it also means that you will only receive one more card. You can’t choose to hit again after receiving your first card when you have doubled down.

Split

A split is only possible when you have 2 like cards, for example a pair of 5s. If you choose to split you must make another bet equal to your initial one. When you split you are playing each hand separately.

Insurance

If the dealer’s up card is an ace you have the option to purchase insurance to offset the risk that the dealer has a Blackjack. The amount of insurance is equal to one and a half times your main bet and the insurance bet is settled separately from the bet on your hand. If the dealer doesn’t have a Blackjack the round will continue as normal but if the dealer has a Blackjack and you don’t the dealer wins. If both you and the dealer have a Blackjack the game ends in a push and your bet is returned.

Bet Behind in Online Casino

What Is Bet Behind Blacjack

You can place a ‘Bet Behind’ bet whether or not you are seated at the Blackjack table. You can’t however place a ‘Bet Behind’ on your own hand. You can place any bet behind any player’s seat while betting is open. More than one player can place a ‘bet behind’ for the same spot. The player seated at the table will make all the decisions for that hand, however you will be able to decide whether or not to place an insurance bet when the dealer’s upright card is an ace. You can also decide whether or not to double your bet when the player you are betting behind opts to double down or split.

Now you know everything there is to know about how to play Blackjack. Did you know that here at Slotto we have tons of popular online casino games such as live Roulette, live Baccarat A and many more. We also have a bunch of great slots games to play. The most recently added slots are The Goonies and Da Vinci’s Mystery maybe you fancy giving them a go?

Till next week, all the best!