Although there are many different types of blackjack available online today, the rules are fundamentally the same with whichever version you decide to play. In other words, once you have mastered the rules to one version, any other blackjack games that you play should be really easy to play.
The aim of this game is to reach as close to 21 points as possible or at least try to end up with closer to 21 points than the dealer. The dealer (aka house or banker) will be the only person that you have to try and beat, so you don’t have to worry about trying to beat any other players.
When playing online, you may notice up to five other players all sat down at the same table as you, but they are also only trying to beat the dealer. To start a new game, simply select your stake and then hit the Start/Draw/Deal or Play button, or whatever the new hand button may be.
The lowest cost per round when playing online is generally never lower than $/€/£1.00 and this is an ideal betting range of low rollers. You can also spend up to $/€/£5,000 or more per hand in some of today’s best online casinos, which is an ideal betting range for high rollers. As soon as you have paid for a new hand, the game can begin.
You will start off with two cards and the dealer will also be dealt two cards. One of the dealer’s cards will appear face up, which gives you half of a clue as to what kind of hand the dealer may have. An Ace is worth 1 or 11 points, a King, Queen and Jack are all worth 10 points and all of the other numbered cards are worth their face value in points.
Remember that you must hope for a hand as close to 21 points as possible so if you have a Queen and an 8 for example, you are doing pretty well (18 points). The only thing that could beat you is if the dealer has 19, 20 or 21 points. If the dealer has the same valued hand as you (i.e. both have 18 points), this would end in a tie (aka a draw or PUSH) and you would receive your initial stake back without winning or losing.
The dealer generally has to draw to all 16s and must stand on all 17s. After you have been dealt those first two cards, you will also have the option to try and improve your hand. You can STAND (stay with the current hand) or HIT (take another card), plus you also have the option of being able to take insurance if the dealer is showing an Ace or you can also occasionally DOUBLE or SPLIT.
Several other options may also be available, but this will depend on which particular Blackjack variety you are playing. The best possible hand you could ask for is called Natural Blackjack (e.g. Ace + Jack, so 11 + 10). If you are still struggling after reading this, remember that each online blackjack game has a rules section available which you can read at any time.