Single Deck Blackjack

Find out how to play Single Deck Blackjack online

Game Description

There’s a reason why our  blackjack games get the most action. After all, Single Deck Blackjack is the go-to version for seasoned players looking to make a profit. With an interactive interface that shifts to adapt to your needs, our newer version of Single Deck Blackjack offers a good mix between innovative design and traditional rules. Stand, Hit, and Double your way to a better hand than the Dealer for 1:1 payouts. Getting a Blackjack (Ace, Ten) on first deal yields a better pay of 3:2. Good luck at the table. 

 

How To Play Single Deck Blackjack

A round of Single Deck Blackjack begins with a bet between $1 and $300 on the betting rectangle in the middle of the screen. When you’re ready to begin, use the “Deal” button to start the game. You and the Dealer will be dealt two cards each. The only difference is both your cards will be placed face up on the table, whereas only one of the Dealer’s cards will be placed face up on the table; this is called the Dealer upcard. The Dealer’s second card is placed face down. 

The goal of Single Deck Blackjack, which is the same goal as any version of blackjack, is to get a score that’s higher than the Dealer’s, without going over 21 points. Here’s the point system for Single Deck Blackjack:

 

Single Deck Blackjack Card Values

  • Cards Two to Ten are worth pip value, so an Eight would be worth 8 points, and a Two would be worth 2 points.    
  • Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10 points.
  • Aces are worth 1 or 11 points. 

Once you have your two-card hand, you can take one of the following three actions:

1.    Hit: If you have a low score, you may want to add another card to your hand by hitting.

2.    Double: If you like your odds of winning with just one more card, double your wager and the Dealer will give you one card. At that point, you compare hands with the Dealer’s and the winner is declared.

3.    Stand: Standing is the opposite of hitting. When you don’t want any more cards added to your hand, click “Stand.” Your cards will be compared with the Dealer’s.

These are the standard options that you have with every hand of Single Deck Blackjack, but there are two additional options that are available under specific circumstances: Split and Insurance.

Split: Whenever you’re dealt two of the same cards, you can split them into two individual hands. Another card will be dealt to each split hand, making it a two-card hand. With Single Deck Blackjack, you can split once (creating two hands) per round.  

Insurance: When the Dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you’ll be asked if you want to purchase Insurance. This supplementary bet pays 2 to 1 when the Dealer has Blackjack.

Once you face off with the Dealer, both your hands will be compared, and whoever has the highest score under 22 wins. Standard wins pay even-money.
 

Rules of Single Deck Blackjack

See below for the Single Deck Blackjack rules that pertain to this particular version of the game. Keep in mind, rules vary casino to casino.

•    Single Deck Blackjack is played with one deck that’s shuffled after every hand.
•    The Dealer must hit soft 17 hands.
•    Blackjack pays 3:2, Insurance pays 2:1, and all other winning hands pay 1:1. Getting Blackjack after splitting Aces pays 1:1.
•    Split once per round. When splitting Aces, they receive one card, then you automatically Stand.
•    There’s no option to Surrender in Single Deck Blackjack.
•    There are no restrictions placed on Doubling. Double any two cards – even after splitting.

 

 

Single Deck Blackjack Strategy

It’s pretty simple: There’s either a right or a wrong way to play a hand. Don’t bother trying to reinvent the wheel. There are already plenty of blackjack strategy charts available online. We’ve included three charts that are optimal for our version of Single Deck Blackjack. The first one is for hands that contain an 11-point Ace; these are called soft hands. The Ace can be converted to 1 point to save you from busting. The second chart is for split hands, and the third one is for regular hands.

H: Hit
S: Stand
D: Double
Sp: Split

Soft

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

13-16

H

H

D

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

17

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

18

S

D

D

D

D

S

S

H

H

H

19

S

S

S

S

D

S

S

S

S

S

20+

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

 

 

Splits

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

2,2

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

H

H

H

H

3,3

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

H

H

H

4, 4

H

H

Sp

Sp

Sp

H

H

H

H

H

6,6

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

H

H

H

H

7, 7

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

H

S

H

8, 8

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

9, 9

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

S

Sp

Sp

S

Sp

A, A

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

Sp

 

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

4-7

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

8

H

H

H

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

9

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

10

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

11

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

12

H

H

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

13-16

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

17+

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

 

Single Deck Blackjack Tips

Some tips aren’t included in strategy charts. When you’re getting started, the most impactful tip is making sure you play blackjack games that pay 3 to 2 for Blackjack. All nine of our versions pay 3 to 2, but some casinos pay 6 to 5, which increases the house edge by nearly three times, making it almost impossible to have a profitable session. 

The fewer the decks, the lower the house edge. You’re already on the right track since you’ve found our Single Deck Blackjack game. The only drawback with this version is there’s no Surrender option and you can Split only once (creating two hands) per round as opposed to three hands, as is the case with our six-deck version. 

Another tip professional blackjack players agree on is skipping the Insurance. When the Dealer shows an Ace, he has Blackjack roughly one-third of the time – not great odds for a bet that pays 2 to 1. The only time Insurance is a good bet is when there’s a disproportionally high number of Ten-value cards in the shoe – something you’d only know when counting cards.

Bad blackjack advice is: try to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. Your aim should be to beat the Dealer, and sometimes that involves sitting back and letting the Dealer bust – even when you have low scores sometimes, like 12 or 13. There’s something known as Dealer Bust cards: five cards that have high bust-out rates for the Dealer. These cards include Two (35%), Three (37%), Four (40%), Five (42%) and Six (42%), so when the Dealer is showing a bust card, especially a Four, Five or Six, take it easy on the hitting.

 

How to Bet in Blackjack

The betting parameters are $1 to $300 per round, with $1, $5, $25, and $100 casino chips available near the bottom of the screen. To place a bet, either tap or click the casino chip followed by the rectangle. You can also drag and drop the chips into place. To add another chip of equal value, you can click the chip in the rectangle and another chip is automatically added.

If you’ve made a mistake with your bet, the “Clear All” button restarts the betting process, and the “Undo” button cancels the last bet you made. When you’re ready to go, hit “Deal” and the cards will be dealt.

 

Determining the Winner in Blackjack

In Single Deck Blackjack, it’s you against the Dealer. Whoever has the higher score without exceeding 21 points wins. Scores beyond 21 points are deemed losses. Tied scores result in a push, with all bets returned. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to beat the Dealer? Hit PLAY NOW to start a round of Single Deck Blackjack.