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Online Blackjack


Aside from video slots, blackjack is probably the most popular game played online. The game offers a good mix of betting and playing strategies and provides players with the opportunity of a more active participation, which is missing from games such as roulette and baccarat. In some online casinos, blackjack also goes by the names Pontoon.

One of the great aspects about online blackjack is the availability of as many as 10 different variations of the game in any given online casino. In land-based casino, there is usually only one or two variations to choose from because of limited table space. On the Internet, space is unlimited and so are the number of blackjack games a casino can offer. Popular variations, aside from standard blackjack, include (but not limited to):

Spanish Blackjack: Standard blackjack rules except players can surrender 16s and 17s after drawing cards. The game also offers a variety of extra bonuses for five-card 21s, six-card 21s and special combinations of cards, including 777.

Switch Blackjack: The player is required to play two hands with separate bets for each. After the first two cards are dealt for each hand with one dealer card showing, the player is allowed to switch the hole cards between his two hands.

Blackjack Hi-Lo: This game permits a side bet on whether the first two cards will be hi (14-20) or lo (2-12). The odds pay 1-1 with all other hands (13, 21) treated as losing bets.

Multi-Hand Blackjack; As the name implies, the player is permitted to play more than one hand at a time. There is no advantage, just a chance to win/loss money faster.

Double Exposure Blackjack: In this game, both of the dealer's card are dealt face up. The advantage for the player is the ability to keep hitting until they beat the dealer's hand, choose to stand or bust. The one concession the player has to give up is that natural blackjacks only pay 1-1 instead of the standard 1.5-1.

Live Dealer Blackjack: - For those who enjoy the live casino experience, software developers have innovated "live dealer" games, including blackjack. This game follows standard rules, but the hands are dealt via a video stream, which usually features a beautiful female dealer and the ability to chat with other players who are sitting at the same table.

Rules, Wagers and Payouts

The rules and odds for online blackjack are the same over the Internet as they are in land-based casinos. The only differences would come with playing one of the variations listed above. Wagering limits are set by the online casino and may vary from one game to another and from one casino to another. For what it's worth, the house's advantage is the same in both types of casinos, standing strong at 0.64% if assuming the site is using multiple decks.

General Information about Online Blackjack

In order to give our visitors a good sense of what it's like to play blackjack online, here are four interesting tidbits.

  1. Due to blackjack's popularity online, many casinos offer blackjack tournaments with low entry fees and high prizes.
  2. Some sites allow players to play several different versions if they have the ability to initiate split screens.
  3. When the dealer has an 11, they have an uncanny ability to hit 18s, 19s, and 20s. That's not to say there are issues with the random number generators, it's just an observation.
  4. Blackjack is one of the few games that almost all online casinos offer at least two variations.

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