Learn how to play online blackjack for real money
A person who, like me, loves the thrill of blackjack but doesn’t live close to a “real” casino, also misses the action and excitement the game provides. Today, fortunately, you can play blackjack just about anywhere, even from the comfort of your own home. So, how do you play blackjack on line when there’s real money at stake? This article will explain how from the beginning. If you’re new to the game, or have played for years, you can still learn something!
You need to find an online casino with which you’re comfortable. Make sure the casino is reputable by investing some of your time in a little online research of casinos. Once you’ve found a good, solid casino, guarantee you can play a few hands “for fun” first. This will help you get a feel for the site and how the dealer works. It’s important to be sure you can pick how many decks the site uses and the variety of blackjack you’ll want to play. There are several to choose from, such as side bet and double exposure. Here we’ll just be looking at “regular” blackjack due to space considerations.
One of the big advantages online blackjack has over playing at a “real” casino is you have the opportunity to play one on one against the dealer all day. I think this is the best way to improve your chances of winning because it eliminates what I call the “dumb” factor. All seasoned players have had the experience of that one player at the table who ruins it for everybody by taking a card when they shouldn’t. Invariably, they wind up with the card that would have “busted” the dealer. The dealer then takes a low card, and everyone at the table who should have been a winner is a loser.
Now a quick tutorial. Aces count as one or eleven, depending which is more helpful. Picture cards are ten. The goal of the game is to get as close to, without going over, 21 (called “busting”) as possible. Your hand’s total needs to be a higher number than his. The dealer is going to have to “stay” at 17 or more, and hit on anything less. Some basic strategies to increase your chances of winning will involve knowing when to hit, when to stay, when to double down and split.
Hands of 12 through 15 are tough calls. It’s up to the individual player as to how much risk they want to take, and what the dealer is showing. If you can take a card without “busting”, and the dealer is showing a two through six, you’ll want to double down. If the dealer shows six and you have two fives, for example, this is the perfect time to double down. It doubles your wager and you only get one card, but chances are the dealer will bust but you can’t. Finally, the cardinal rule of blackjack to keep in mind at all times: always split aces!