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How to play blackjack online

Playing blackjack online at InterCasino couldn’t be simpler. And there’s a variety of different versions available. However, if you’re new to the game, it’s best to start off with the basic ‘Blackjack’ game, which you can play for fun while you learn this classic casino table game. Then, once you’ve got the hang of it, you can switch to playing for and winning real money.

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Once you launch blackjack, you need to choose whether to stake 1, 5, 10, 25 or 100 each round. The idea is to beat the dealer’s hand by making as close to 21 with two or more cards without busting, i.e. getting more than 21. Numbered cards are worth their face value; Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10; while Aces are worth 1 or 11 (whichever is more advantageous). Note that the dealer can also bust, and when that happens you’ll automatically win the round.

After receiving your first two cards, you can decide to Stand (keep your two cards and hope the dealer goes bust or else has a lower total), or Hit (receive another card to get your hand that bit closer to 21). There are a few more options, such as Split (separate two cards of the same value to create two separate hands) and Double (quite simply double your bet after seeing your hand).

There’s even the option to buy insurance in some versions of online blackjack, and much more. Be sure to check the in-game rules for more information on all the additional online-only features.

Why play blackjack?

Some forms of casino and gambling games – both online and offline – have outcomes that are based purely on luck. Roulette is a great example of a game where chance controls the outcome. The roll of the dice or the turn of the cards decides the outcome of the game with virtually nothing that the player can do to influence their result. In contrast, blackjack is a game that requires a substantial amount of skill to play well.

As we all know, the “house” has an edge in blackjack. However, careful play can reduce that edge to virtually nothing. This helps to explain why blackjack can be beaten by skillful players with strong money management skills and therefore why the game will remain popular for many years to come.

There are actually many examples - they typically become books and films - of individuals that have learned to play blackjack so well that they have beaten casinos for millions. These players have been vital in the development and evolution of the game. As players become more skillful, the casinos need to alter and improve the game so that they have a chance.

Over the decades as more how to play blackjack books have been published, more academic research has been carried out and the topic has become more mainstream in society, casinos have had no choice but to adapt. Without this evolution, there could be no blackjack since any business that expects to lose money on every transaction will not remain in business for long. It is this development that demonstrates just how close the odds are for the player.

Which blackjack should I play?

Here at InterCasino we are very pleased to be able to provide multiple types of blackjack for your entertainment. InterCasino hosts the game for both desktop and mobile device players. We also host many live casino games including blackjack, which means that you can play against a real dealer from the comfort of your own home. Of these options, which blackjack is better for you can only be determined by playing and experiencing each one.

InterCasino is also proud to host our site in multiple languages and countries. We hold a Maltese license which enables us to provide services to multiple countries from our site.

Should I play blackjack switch?

Blackjack switch is a fairly new game, involving two hands per player. A player can switch cards from one hand to another, hence the name. The game is picking up in popularity, but for now at least it is not a big hit in the online gambling world.

Where should I sit at a blackjack table?

There are a number of myths about position and whether there is any advantage of one seat over another at a blackjack table. The main theory relates to sitting at third base. A dealer delivers the cards from left to right. This means that first base receives cards first and third base last.

It feels as if the extra time and having had the chance to see other cards before making your own decision ought to provide an advantage. For card counters, they might be able to claim some tiny additional knowledge, but for the rest of us there is no benefit of one seat over another. The problem is that, as a player, you have already made a bet when the extra information comes in, which means that this is only likely to be useful information for the next hand.

This lack of benefit is even more clear in online games. Not only are there no advantages of one seat over another, there are no disadvantages either. This means that a player really should just enjoy their game and focus on making decisions one hand at a time.

Does blackjack strategy work?

Over the years, many math whizzes have set up computer simulations to play tens and then hundreds of millions of hands. This enables the best players to create tables of situations and odds, which they then memorise, to ensure that they have the best possible odds against the casino.

This is known as basic strategy, though a player needs a very good memory and to invest quite a lot of time and effort study and practice enough to be good at it. The very best players can reduce the house edge to around one percent. They then base their chances to make a profit on the size of their bets when they believe the situation is in their favour. In short, blackjack strategy is not “basic” but does work for some players.

Whether your style is to study and learn, or just to sit down and have fun, millions of people around the world find blackjack to be great entertainment. We hope that you will join us and enjoy all of the table and slot games at InterCasino.