How To Play Blackjack

How to play Blackjack

It’s that quintessential casino game that everybody has probably heard of even if they never actually learned how to play blackjack. You’ve seen it in the movies, and you’ve heard the classic line: Hit me. You might have even tried to play it at a local casino in Australia. If you have only seen it at the Crown Casino in Melbourne or played it at The Star in Sydney, then you probably don’t know that there are more versions of this game available to play at an online casino which are more exciting, offer you better odds and have a house edge so thin you can barely see it. So, sit back and here we’ll take you through the basic blackjack rules and how you can win real money on each of the versions offered online by Ignition Casino.

To start with, the object of any version of blackjack is to have a hand of cards that equals 21 points. There are a few different ways you can arrive at this hand and we’ll get to those a bit later but for now all you need to know is that a winning hand equals 21. Blackjack is traditionally played with a standard 52-card deck – or a few of them, depending on the version that you’re playing – and the point value of the cards are as follows: face cards equal 10 points, an ace is worth either 1 point or 11, all other cards are worth their face value. “Blackjack” is to achieve a 2-card hand that equals 21 points on the knocker. The player plays against the dealer who is also trying to achieve 21 points on their own hand. A hand exceeding 21 is an automatic loss.

So, that’s basically how to play blackjack. Now for the different versions that are actually available when you play blackjack online. At Ignition Casino, we offer all of our players, including our Australian players, Single Deck and Double Deck Blackjack which significantly reduces the house edge. Most casino blackjack tables do not offer players the chance to play with a single deck of cards. To counter the loss of some of the house edge a bit, we offer a 6-5 payout for landing a blackjack. There are two kinds of single deck options that you can play with us: The New Blackjack and 21 Blackjack Classic. The first version is a bit slicker and is made specifically for playing online. It offers players a much clearer gaming interface and only buttons when you need them. 21 Blackjack Classic is more in line with something you would see on the tables at the Crown Perth or at The Treasury Casino in Brisbane. You might be in the mood for more of a game interface or you might in the mood for more of classic casino atmosphere, so both are available for your playing pleasure. 

We also offer European Blackjack which restricts doubling to hard totals of 9 to 11 and the dealer will stand soft on 17. We’ll get to what this means a bit later. In Perfect Pairs, there is the ability to make a side bet which will pay out 25-1 when you land any pair on your initial 2 card hand. And, finally, we offer a version called Zappit Blackjack which actually eliminates hands of 15, 16 and 17 with the use of the ‘zap’ button. Because of the decreased house edge, dealer scores of 22 in Zappit Blackjack do not mean the dealer busted and results in a push instead. A push is a tie between you and the dealer and if the hand results in a push then your bet is returned.

Not a lot of that will mean much unless you are already familiar with blackjack strategy so now we’ll show you a bit about how to win at blackjack, what a hole card is and why card counting became so popular in the 1960’s.

At the start of any of the games, you will be asked to place your bet. Once all bets are placed, the dealer will deal you two cards, usually face up but it depends on the game, and take two for themselves. What you want to achieve straight away is blackjack which is two cards totalling 21 points. If you don’t have 21 yet then you have some options. The first option to take another card or, as it’s also known, to ask the dealer to hit you. If you hit on your hand and your new card takes you over 21 then you have busted or lost the hand.

You can also choose to stand, which is to receive no more cards and wait to see if the current total you have so far beats what the dealer has. If you’re not able to achieve 21 points, then the hand that is closest to 21 will win. In some versions of our blackjack games, the dealer is required to stand on a soft hand of 17. A soft hand is a hand is when the dealer has an ace or you have ace. It’s called ‘soft’ because an ace can have a value or either 11 or 1 point, depending on what else has been drawn.

To double down is to double your original bet and take only one more card. The rules about doubling down differ between games so ensure that you’re aware of the rules before you start playing. For example, doubling in European Blackjack is restricted to only hard totals of 9 to 11. A hard total is a hand not containing an ace.

There is also the split. Splitting can occur when you draw two cards of equal value and its basically doubling your chances of achieving blackjack by separating your first draw into two draws. You put another bet on the table and the dealer will split your two cards and deal you a new one on the first hand. You play that hand out to win or bust and then the dealer switches to the second hand and you play that out as you normally would. Splitting aces results in only one other card drawn on that hand. Doubling after splitting is permitted at Ignition Casino but ensure you take careful note of this rule whenever you’re playing because it’s a big advantage to the player and if the casino you’re playing at doesn’t allow it then go to another one.

Finally, there is the early surrender which stops the hand and returns half of your original bet.

So that’s essentially what you can do with any one hand of blackjack. Card counters – and, this isn’t an easy thing to do – will bet strategically based on the cards that are visible and the hole cards, the ones that aren’t visible. The biggest fallacy attached to card counting and how successful it can be is that it’s easy and it’s guaranteed to shower you in huge wins. It’s not easy and you have to be willing and able to bankroll a significant number of hands for your strategy to actually payoff so players beware.

We recommend that you learn how to play blackjack using our Practice Mode first before you start playing for real AUD. If you enjoy it then we also highly recommend checking out the various versions of poker available to also play for real Australian dollars.