How to Play Blackjack

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Blackjack has a great reputation – it’s the friendliest of Casino card games. If you’re a dog person, then think of it as the Golden Retriever of gambling. It’s easy to handle, friendly and fun. Blackjack is considered a “banking game”, and it’s the most popular banking-gambling game in the world. When you walk into a casino, it’s more likely to have blackjack tables than a roulette table!

A lot of card playing beginners start off with Blackjack – it’s often a gateway to most gambling card games and you can begin playing it with no knowledge at a “beginners'” table. We don’t recommend doing this with Poker, because as the pros say, you’ll get eaten alive! Remember that it’s always recommended to test play poker before diving into the deep end in a casino.

But with Blackjack, the story is a bit different. If you feel your beginners’ luck surging strong, you might want to sit down at a low but-in table, smile and say “it’s my first time” – most gamers will be helpful, and dealers will take some time to explain a thing or two.

We have written this article to tell you everything there is to know about this fun and enticing card game – the history, the basic strategy, a thing or two about that famous house edge, and some extra fun and useful knowledge, so you can be the best prepared new player in history! Even if you have played Blackjack a few times, a little extra knowledge never hurt anyone.

Besides, did you know that you can join a game of live Blackjack anytime you want online? Check out our live casinos, and see which live games appeal to you most. Also, once you open an account you’re going to get an incredible welcome bonus. This is now the standard at all casinos. It’s a little extra to get you to experiment with all the incredible games and try new things. You’ll get extra spending money that you can take to the Blackjack tables and experiment with some awesome new strategies!

Before it Was “Blackjack”

The history of Blackjack starts in Europe, in the early seventeenth century. Most gambling card games played at world-class casinos have gotten their start in the royal houses of Europe. Gambling was a very popular way to pass the time in the cold and boring halls of Versailles, in the Spanish Court, English and other palaces and country homes.

Playing cards have a long history – they didn’t always look like we know them today, they went through a very complicated evolution to arrive in the form they are today – a solid, uniform deck. Like most things, it’s speculated that cards appeared along with travelers and traders, and they came to Europe from the East. Because paper playing cards don’t have a long lifespan, it’s impossible to tell. All of the early playing decks are lost in the sands of time. Some people still claim that the oldest playing cards were made in Europe after all!

Luxury and sinfulness of the upper classes

It’s true that the oldest decks are mentioned in a Latin manuscript from a Swiss monastery in the fourteenth century. Did you know that we know most about things that were considered to be “forbidden” or “evil” – like witchcraft or gambling through legal or church documents that forbid them? This is because, in those documents and sermons, people went out of their way to describe what they were forbidding. It’s a bit like having no knowledge about driving and finding out about it through our legal code!

Not surprisingly, some of the first mentions of card games have to do with playing cards along with dice – it’s being described as a deplorable habit. What is surprising, is that a 52 card deck existed in Europe as early as the 1300s. and it included suit signs like clubs, cups, coins, swords, kings, queens, and knaves. The decks varied slightly from country to country. But why were cards considered a thing of the upper classes?

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Paper, and especially paper that was painted in complicated designs, sometimes even in gold leaf, was a thing of absolute luxury. The peasants and a lot of the middling classes simply didn’t have the access to these exclusive materials, and the manpower and knowledge required to make them. Some of the most beautiful playing cards still survive, and they are incredible and valuable hand-made works of art.

The lower classes also gambled, but they most likely played dice, or “bones”. In some countries, the word for “dice” is still the same word as for “bones”. The Vikings threw bones and read the future in them, as did a lot of early European cultures. Modern dice take their shape and name from the knuckle-bones from pigs.

The country that we owe our modern card shapes to is Germany – not a surprising player considering that they excelled in woodcutting and copper plating techniques of the time and standard playing cards could be developed and printed at an astounding pace. The card symbols also changed – to what Germans liked and used most. Acorns, leaves, hearts, and bells. These decks are still in use today, and you can actually purchase them online!

So who came up with the ultimate playing deck that we know and love today? Yes – you guessed! It was France. France was the first to use the deck of hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. Some people speculate that these more abstract shapes got their origin from the original German playing cards. In the end, no one knows for sure but it’s fun to speculate and find the similarities between the historic decks of cards and the present day modern ones we all use today.

Face Cards

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The French cards continued to develop. The “face cards”, or the card royalty have some history behind them that you probably don’t know! All the kings and queens have an identity. In fact, they are all based on a mythical or biblical kind or queen in their own right. The different suits of the cards symbolize the empires the people of the day considered the most legendary, famous and impressive. Namely, this was, of course, the empires of Franks (clearly), Ancient Greeks, Ancient Romans, and the biblical Hebrews.

Who are the kings in a card deck?

Spades – King David. King David was a great role model for many royal men in Europe, at any time period in history. He is prominent in the bible as a talented and just king, loved by God and anointed King of Jerusalem. He is the father of Salomon, the mythical and wise king of the Hebrews.

Clubs – Alexander the Great. This is a famous kind of Macedonia who over just 13 years took over most of the known world, He is known for his military prowess and genius – he is prominent on the playing cards because he was probably on every role model list at every European court of the day. In those times, royalty and political rulers were still military men, and in a lot of cases, strategic games like chess or cards were considered to reflect on you as a decision-maker and a clever battle leader.

Hearts – Charlemagne – The French simply could not omit Charlemagne in this shortlist of kings. Charlemagne was the king of the Franks as well as the Emperor of the Romans and is a key player in the French national identity of being a world power. He simply had to be in a formal deck that featured famous leaders of the ancient world. What did the English think about it? They quickly replaced this part of the deck with their own famous kings and queens of old. British decks feature early Tudor rulers, and this can be observed when looking at the style of dress in these cards.

Diamonds – Julius Ceasar – Ceasar, the Emperor of Rome was another role model of the nobility in many countries. A brilliant military strategist, politician, and lover, he was looked up to by the ruling heads of Europe and church alike. What did people know about Julius Caesar at the time when card games were only being invented? Ancient Rome served as an important part of history and was a subject of any nobleman’s studies of the time. Think of the main role that the Ancient Romans play in the Bible and Shakespeare alike!

Who are the queens in a card deck?

In the early card decks, queens were also glamorous and famous, if not pure goddesses:

Spades – Pallas Athena – This is the Ancient Greek goddess worshiped for many things, including wisdom, fertility, craftsmanship, arts, warfare, and virginity – or, self-reliance.

Clubs – Argine – This queen never existed. Argine is more of an idea of a queen – it’s actually an anagram of the word “Regina”, which means queen. Thus, Argine represents the spirit of the queen. In the French tradition, she can represent famous French queens Marie d’Anjou or even the Virgin Mary. She is sometimes portrayed with the fleur-de-lis in her robes.

Hearts – Judith is the biblical queen that would have been very widely known in the courts of Europe. She was the widowed queen of the Jews who brought the severed head of Holofernes, a leader of the conquering Assyrians back to her people. She is fierce and determined – a powerful symbol not only in card games but also in fortune-telling of the time!

Diamonds – Rachel – Rachel was another famous biblical figure from the old testament. She was the wife of Jacob, who fell in love with her at a well when she was drawing water for her father’s flock of sheep – there was a lot of betrayals involved in this story, and in a fortune reading, her card is always associated with conniving and betrayal. This was always the favorite subject of many paintings from the time period that cards were beginning to take their modern shape.

How Blackjack conquered the world

Of course, it’s easy to guess that a lot of British playing cards didn’t want the Franks on their royal face cards and conveniently switched them to include Elizabeth of York as the Queen of Hearts (the queen consort of Henry VII) This is why a lot of the royalty clothes are reminiscent of the Tudor era. Why is the royalty in the decks not matched to each other suit to suit and empire to empire? We’re not sure! Maybe the card makers wanted to mix things up a bit!

The tides of history turned into tidal waves when it comes to card playing. They became more and more available, cheaper to get and more fun when it came to gambling.

Blackjack as a game has its origins in France, in the 1700s. There is a very similar game that was popular at the time. It was called Vingt-et-Un, which means “twenty-one”. This is the same number that is still so important in Blackjack today. It was popular at the gambling tables of the Chateau Versaille and was most likely played by the likes of Marie Antoinette. She absolutely loved gambling and used it to entertain herself in the otherwise-boring court, when not away in private with her ladies in waiting. Of course, there are also even earlier mentions of blackjack from other sources – namely from seventeenth-century Spain. Here, the game was also called twenty-one. It’s mentioned by the famed author Cervantez.

The game arrived on the shores of America at the same time as the French. It was played in certain regions of Canada and the United States. The card game also travelled to California, where it got enveloped in legend (like a lot of things from the time of the Gold Rush were!).

Madame Mustache and the California Blackjack Gold Rush

Eleanore Dumont was the first professional female Blackjack player. She travelled with her cards and fancy dresses all over the California gold mining towns and encampments. It’s a well-known fact that the California Gold Rush didn’t enrich any gold diggers in particular – but drove the businesses of many tailors, bakers, shovel sellers, and laundries. Some of these businesses are still alive and well today, like Levi Strauss jeans, Studabaker and Wells Fargo. Madame Mustache was a famous yet a bit tragic representative of this side of the Barbary Coast.

Eleanore came to San Francisco with very much the same adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit. She was either a French woman or she was born in New Orleans – no one is entirely sure. The game she played was still known as Vingt-et-Un in her day. She was young, elegant, sharp-witted and had an air of dignity about her. In the few pictures that survive of her, she looks quite the fashionable lady, with ruffled dresses, a cascade of black curly hair and large dark eyes.

She was known for being overdressed when she finally made her way into dusty and remote Nevada City, a California gold frontier town that remains to this day in the middle of nowhere. She dressed in her best clothes and became quite the spectacle around town. And sure enough, she was looking for the perfect place to start a gambling business. She called her new “gambling Emporium” Vingt-et-Un. The first Blackjack only centred casino was born.

Blackjack's first leading lady

She was a dealer in her own establishment and the gruff miners were drawn to her like flies to honey. She was polite when she won (which was most of the time) and treated the losers to champagne. The miners seldom had a chance to be in the presence of a woman, especially one that was dressed in expensive silks and jewels. They came to lose money and to bask in her glow without complaint.

Eleanore had many adventures, misfortunes, and after being conned out of all her money after retirement she returned to the gambling tables. Her beauty faded, she became rougher around the edges, started to drink hard liquor and use bad language. In her last days in Bodie, California – a town famous for being a violent and wild place, she ran a bordello on top of a normal gambling establishment. This is something she would have never done before, as she was known for her politeness and above all – chastity. Because she got older and lost some of her fair looks, her upper lip started to display a dark mustache. She kept it, and was dubbed “Madame Mustache”.

Madame Moustache was said to be present in every major mining town right when they were experiencing their biggest boom. Her last home was known to be Bodie. It was here, in 1879 that she took her own life. After she wandered outside of town one starry night, she drank poison-laced wine. She left a letter and a will. This was no accident, but a thought-through plan. She said she was “tired of life” and ended it on her own terms. She died like she lived.

She was one of Blackjack’s first leading ladies.

 

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This is where Madame Mustache met her end - Bodie remains the largest ghost towns of the Wild West.

Blackjack in Canada

In Canada, the game was probably originally played as the French Vingt-et-Un, and was brought in very early by colonists. It was also popular in the French-controlled areas of what is now the United States, in New Orleans and the like. New Orleans legalized gambling rooms and bigger card halls in 1820, and this is where the game of Blackjack would have been commonly played.

It began being widely played in casinos mid-nineteenth century – around the time of the California Gold Rush, where the game of “twenty-one” was becoming popular all over the West. At first, gamblers had to be enticed with bonuses and higher odds in order to join the Blackjack tables. Thankfully, the game speaks for itself, and although it was thought to be a less attractive game than other ‘banking games” of cards, it eventually gained popularity and any bonuses were dropped.

Modern casinos and online gambling in Canada

Of course, this doesn’t count if you’re playing at an online casino – here, there are bonuses in every casino, no matter what game you play. Perhaps it’s because online casinos are much more competitive than the old-style brick-and-mortar casinos – there are new ones being opened all the time, and each one tries to entice new and old players to come in and open an account. We don’t foresee bonuses being dropped any time soon!

Today in Canada, Blackjack is one of the most popular games in online casinos. It can also be played in tournaments, and we have our share of famous Blackjack gamblers who’s playing exploits were televised and made famous.

Our very own Canadian Monica Reeves is a famous and much luckier Blackjack player than Madame Mustache herself. Because online casinos are so widely available, it’s worth it to log on, register at a casino and test play a few Blackjack tables. You won’t be disappointed! This game has been around for hundreds of years because it’s entertaining and fun.

Playing Blackjack in a Casino

When you enter a casino, head to where you can see the table games – you’ll see the “Blackjack” signs. The first thing to look out for is the buy-in limit. There are some casinos that invest heavily in slot space, and there isn’t that much room for table games. If there is space, the buy-in limit tends to be high.

A lot of beginners are discouraged when they see a 20$ buy-in for a game they don’t know that well. Most bigger casinos will have the fun and no stress 5 dollar tables, where you can jump in a game and not beat yourself up about newbie mistakes. Blackjack is fun because it’s easy to jump into the game and keep on playing for a long time. Sometimes, it only takes a few dollars to enjoy a social and exciting game for an hour or longer.

Exchange your money first – this is not a problem at an online casino, but when you visit a brick-and-mortar gambling establishment, make sure the first place you head is the cash registers where you can purchase playing chips. No player will take cash or card! In an online casino, this money comes out from your account and gets changed into chips by the software – like magic.

Sometimes, casinos will still allow the dealers to handle cash. If that’s the case, don’t be surprised if the dealer uses clear movements, without touching both cash and chips at the same time. It might seem like a very precise dance, and this is true – it’s for the benefit of the ever-present cameras.

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Enter a game

The next step is to check if you can enter “mid shoe” – this might be confusing lingo to beginners but it simply means “don’t wander into the game once the cards are dealt!” What’s a “shoe”? It’s the box of cards a dealer has by his or her side. Some gamblers are all-in and consider it distracting and bad luck if new players come in and out of a game. The beginning and end of a “shoe” is a good time to begin and end a game.

There’s a secret to why Casinos do this – it’s to discourage card counters who might linger at a casino, watching the cards being dealt, and once they project that the cards will be in their favour they’ll jump in and make a bet. Counting cards isn’t exactly illegal – but casinos don’t like it and want to prevent it as much as possible. You might also get banned if they catch you doing it or have a strong suspicion you are a card counter or a “cards sharp”.

Place Your Bet

Once you have your chips, you can decide how much money you want to bet on a hand.

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Flat betting

Decide you want to spend a certain amount of money every time – it’s a steady bet no matter how your game is going. It’s kind of like the equivalent of pressing “auto spin” on a slot machine. You will bet this until they run out.

Martin Gale System

If you have a lot of money, you can use this system to put more money into your bet every time even if you lose. It’s not a very recommended betting strategy for winning, but it will certainly get your blood pumping.

High and Low

It’s a system where you bet high if you have a winning streak and bet low if you lose. It’s a more intuitive way to bet, and a lot of people go for this strategy.

In short:

  • Look at the minimum bet before starting to play

  • Make sure you can jump in the middle of a game

  • Have your chips ready

  • Place your bet

What should you avoid if you're a beginner?

Don't play 6/5 games.

These have a very high house edge and your payout will be a lot lower than the traditional 3/2. This creates a much better pay off for you when you beat the dealer. Did you know that some casinos can raise their advantage by as much as 300% when they change this rule? It’s become more and more popular in recent years, so be on the lookout! Of course, if you play Blackjack in an online casino you have nothing to worry about. They are much more competitive than land-based casinos.

Continuous shuffling machine

This is where the discarded cards get shuffled immediately. A few people realize this, but this also raises the house edge by speeding up the game. If you want to enjoy playing for longer with better winnings, go to a table where the cards get shuffled by the dealer manually. Avoid continuous shuffling machines! If you count cards, this is also a huge disadvantage because you simply cannot count cards with a shuffling machine.

Etiquette and the dos and don'ts of Blackjack

If you’re worried about doing something wrong, here are some reminders for you. This isn’t the wild west – no one is going to challenge you to a shootout at noon – but they might look at you funny!

  • Don’t touch the cards. In Blackjack games that are dealt out of a “shoe” – in other types of games when the dealer manually deals out the cards, you can adjust your cards and hold them – but with one hand only. This is to prevent you from switching cards! Casinos are very cheat-sensitive.
  • Don’t fidget and touch your cards or chips once the hand is being dealt. This is for the same reason – it’s especially hard for those of us who are a bit OCD and like to keep things straight and even. This is to prevent you from secretly changing your bet – yes, those casinos sure are paranoid about being cheated! It has to be said that cheating in gambling is actually punishable by law… This is, of course, impossible to do at an online casino! Fewer rules to worry about!
  • Gambling at a real casino is a bit like going diving. You have to communicate with your hands. This is because the cameras are always rolling – and if you get into an “I didn’t say that” argument if you lose, they will have you on record motioning that you did, in fact, said that you want to stand. Another thing avoided online. 
  • Be polite – we’re all here to have fun after all. No one is here to “get you” and your losses are purely mathematical – it’s all about luck. Don’t whine, blame others or do any “backseat playing”. This actually goes for online live games as well. It’s fun to chat to the dealer but in moderation. Don’t be abusive, and don’t try to be their best friend and confidant.

Tipping the dealer

If you’re playing in Niagara or a big-city casino, you can always tip your dealer by placing extra chips outside of your betting area.

Getting a Blackjack

Getting a “Blackjack” means that you get an ace and a 10 as your first cards. It’s super lucky – you automatically get the amount of their bet plus half (if you are playing 3/2 odds.) Blackjacks never lose! So if by a crazy streak of luck your dealer also gets a Blackjack, the bet gets “pushed” – so you get to keep your bet, and not lose their money. If the dealer gets a Blackjack you automatically lose, no matter what your hand is. This is another great time to once again remind you – stay clear of 6/5 tables. You’ll get paid much less and your mad luck won’t seem as lucky after all.\

How Much is the House Edge?

There is a simple way to calculate the house edge – every game of Blackjack can be played with a different amount of decks. You can play with a single deck, two, four – up to as many as 8 decks.

How does this affect the house edge? Mathematically, the more the cards the higher the house edge. Here are the simple statistics:

Number of decks/House Advantage

  • 1 – 0.17%
  • 2 – 0.46%
  • 4 – 0.60%
  • 6 – 0.64%
  • 8 – 0.65%

Of course you will never find a casino that plays with only one deck. A one deck game of Blackjack will probably only happen at home. Casinos use 6 or 8 decks, tightening the house rules in order to give themselves more of an advantage.

Blackjack Basic Strategy and Rules

This is the best-known secret of playing Blackjack. It’s all about math and charts – so if you’re a purely intuitional player this won’t be helpful. But if you have gone through the basics and are ready to raise your chances a bit, here is some explanation about “basic strategy” for Blackjack.

Basic strategy is a guide to when it’s best to apply certain actions – like when to hit and when to stand when to double down when to split pairs (NEVER with double 10s unless you feel like it’s all or nothing) and when it’s best to surrender.

Downloadable Basic Strategy for Blackjack

Take a look at our Downloadable Basic Strategy Guide right here – you can use it when playing at an online casino, and print it out and use it whenever you go into a brick-and-mortar casino. Remember that this is perfectly legal! If you are committed to actually memorizing this, these are great places to consider keeping your guide:

  • The toilet – it’s better to memorize than to stare at your phone or read the shampoo bottles
  • The dining room table
  • Wherever you do most of your gambling – whether it’s the couch or the back porch

How to Read the Blackjack Basic Strategy Guide

The dealer’s up card is on the top edge.

The vertical edge represents the hand that you have.

  • A stands for ace.
  • T stands for 10.
  • S stands for “stand”.
  • D stands for “double”.
  • H stands for “hit”.
  • SUR stands for “surrender”

Four Parts of the Basic Strategy for Blackjack:

Pair Splitting box

This is for when you decide to split the pairs – it tells you the logical decision you should make based on statistics. Notice that when you get two 10s, or two Ts, the answer if you should split them is always “NO”. The odds are simply against you so unanimously that you should never take that chance! Keep your winning hand!

Soft Totals box

In Blackjack, having a “soft” total means having an ace. It’s “soft” because it’s a changing total – you can decide if your ace will be worth a 1 or a 10. This is why the odds are much different than in the case of “hard totals”, which are unchangeable and written in stone.

Hard Totals box

Some people really do commit this to memory – but it’s only worth it if you’re a regular player. Did you know that it’s actually legal to use these “cheats”? You can buy them at any Las Vegas gift shop and stick it in your wallet. Of course these days it’s better to just download it to your phone. Here are some decisions that basic strategy can help you out with:

Surrendering or late surrender

A late surrender is when you give up. You can only do it on the first two cards the dealer gives you – after you’re dealt the third card you lose your ability to surrender. It’s a win or lose!

Doubling down

This means doubling your original bet. It’s done after your first two cards, and if you feel really good about them, it’s time to double down. Of course, some casinos will have additional rules for when they allow doubling. Make sure you ask about those or read a specific casino’s rules.

Remember that when you choose to double down, you have to place your extra double chips next to the stack that’s already in front of you.

Here are the very basics rules of doubling down:

YES

  • When your total of cards is equal to 11. This leaves a ton of chances open to get an even 21. If you draw an ace, any face card or a 10 – it means you get your magic number.
  • If you have a soft 16, 17, or 18, but only if the dealer has a lower hand. There is a very high probability of improving your hand here. “Soft” means that you have an ace in your hand. An ace can be either a 1 or 10. In this case, you can use it to your advantage to get the score you want.
  • Hard 9 or 10 – a very high probability of improving, especially if the dealer’s hand is lower. Remember that the point is to beat the dealer’s hand!

NO

 
  • If the dealer’s hand includes an ace – there’s simply too much of a chance of them getting the better of you!
  • If you have a hard 11 or more – you still have a good chance at winning but is it worth losing double if you don’t? Not according to statistics…
 

To hit or to stand - that is the question

When you say “hit me” – it means that you’d like another card. If you’re playing at a live casino, the hand signal for “hit me” is tapping on the table with your middle and index fingers. This is so the cameras can register your move.

If you chose to stand, the hand signal is pretty much universal – it’s a short wave of your open hand across the table in front of you – it’s the widely understood gesture for being “cut off”.

Splitting Pairs

When you dealt doubles (like 2×2 or 2×7)- you can split the cards into two hands. You do this by putting down a second stack of chips next to your existing bet and saying that you want to split your hand. Remember, it’s never a good idea to split your hand when you get two 10s. This is because you pretty much have a sure win in your hand. Why ruin it? Unless you are having a crazy night and you want to live wild and take your chances! And there isn’t any need to touch your cards – casinos don’t particularly like too much card touching. Your dealer will split your cards for you and give you a double hand. When you win, you win both bets.

Splitting Aces

In most cases, you’re only allowed to draw one card per ace if you’re splitting your aces.

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Going bust

This means going over 21, and inevitably losing.

Insurance

Betting on insurance is a nice little side bet you can play. You basically wager if the dealer has a blackjack. This is literally a side bet that has nothing to do with your hand – a dealer will ask if you want to place this bet if and ONLY if they draw an ace. It’s a fun little way to win even if you think that the dealer is most likely going to get a winning hand.

How much to bet on insurance

Half of your original amount. If the dealer doesn’t have a Blackjack then you lose the insurance bet. If you are using our Blackjack Basic Strategy, then our rules are to never take insurance or even money. You gotta trust the math, right?

Taking Even Money

Taking even money is insurance – or a side bet that’s offered to a player who gets a natural ace in case the dealer gets a Blackjack.

Are rules different for the dealer?

Yes – dealers have to follow house rules for playing. They can’t go wild and bet whatever they want. It’s a best-practices list or a basic strategy for dealers. As a rule, players have much more freedom than a dealer does. For example, if a dealer has a 17 or higher, they must stay (in most casinos) while a player can do whatever they want, even if their charts are telling them it’s not a good idea. If it’s a soft 17, then

Push

If the value of the dealer’s cards ends up being the same as the player’s card. You don’t win or lose – everything gets “pushed” to the next hand.

Cut Card

This is something exclusive to real-world casinos, and it’s the card you “cut” the deck with. Sometimes dealers will let players insert the cut card into the deck for extra good luck. In today’s germy world it’s never a good idea to kiss this card – as a lot of o players will. It most likely won’t bring you good luck but it will bring you a lot of germs from places that you don’t want to think about. Trust us.

Know when to fold ‘em

One of the most important things playing any gambling game is knowing when to “fold ‘em”, as the song says. Knowing when to call it quits is probably one a gambler’s best learned skills. In Blackjack, knowing when to walk away from a hand takes some finesse. The general rule is – don’t surrender if you have a hand lower than 15, because you still have a great chance of beating the odds. Remember, that when you surrender in Blackjack you walk away from half of your bet. So you better be sure that you can’t win, and you’re going to be relieved when you count these losses.

Of course, the secret to not giving up is betting the right amount of money. If you panic because you don’t think you’re going to win and take a loss, maybe it means that you gambled too much. This, of course, is a very subjective thing. Some people count walking away from a hand as a simple part of gambling – you gamble on everything in this game, and agreeing to a calculated loss is a part of it.

Online Blackjack Casinos and Best Software for Live Blackjack

As soon as people learned how to congregate on the web, they figured out how to gamble socially online. Some of the best gaming software providers that provide online casinos with live Blackjack software date back to those times.

Software companies that provide live dealer solutions include Microgaming, Playtech, NetEnt and Evolution Gaming. If you have spent some time in online casinos, you will know these names well – even if you only play slots.

If you have ever only played automatic video gambling games like slots, you’ll be amazed at the care and details that these companies devote to creating an exciting live game of cards, roulette or craps. Live games are supposed to feel like you’re playing with real people – because you are. They have to do this very well in order to get that casino atmosphere delivered from the studio casino floor, through the screen and to you – even if you’re on public transit in a dentist waiting room (or sequestered on quarantine). You have to feel like you’re living the life on the casino floor!

Have a Taste of live Blackjack Here

Don’t believe us? Here is an amazing view into a studio from NetEnt – here, their professional dealer explains how the online Blackjack game works and the choices you have. It’s an absolutely groundbreaking way to play live games – take a look!

Here, the dealer explains the rules and all the different options of playing online – including where to check the rules, how to chat to the other players and to the dealer, and other ins and outs of the game.

For a real great view of how somebody really enjoys a live casino and playing live Blackjack at multiple online casinos, you should take a look at the very popular videos made by the YouTube user Hypalinx – it’s oddly calming to see him strut through the online Blackjack tables and to observe his confident strategy. Watching other players will make you more confident and help you to get a “feel” for the game.

Advantages of Playing Blackjack

Blackjack is known for great odds – it’s better to play than slots or Poker. It’s also the perfect beginner game because the rules are straightforward and easy to understand. In fact, Blackjack is one of the few games that we don’t recommend practicing at home before you hit those live tables.

If you bet low at the beginning, you won’t suffer much from beginning mistakes, but you’ll have a lot of fun learning. Because in the end, it’s all about the fun of the game – and live card games are all about passing the time socially, even if you can’t be together in the same room.

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