Online Blackjack Guide
 
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While there are many variations on the game of blackjack, the general rules and card values are all very similar. If you have never played blackjack you should be able to get started after reading our guide. We also recommend getting out free Basic Strategy Charts to give you a better chance of winning while you learn. Blackjack
 Card Values : The game is played with between one and eight decks of         playing cards with no jokers. All numbered cards have their face value. Jacks,         Queens and Kings are worth ten and Aces can be either one or eleven. Las Vegas USA
 Aim of the Game : Your goal is to beat the dealer. To do this you want to get         cards totaling 21 or as close to 21 without going over.
How To Play Blackjack
To play you need to first place a bet on the betting spot on the table. In most cases this will be your total bet. It is not like an ante with poker games. The dealer then deals you two cards and the dealer two cards, one face up and one face down.

At this point you can look at you hand and one of the dealers cards. You can then decide if you want to make another move. Possible moves are Hit, Stand, Split, Double Down and Insurance. If you have a hand totaling 21 with your first two cards you have blackjack and the dealer reveals his hand straight away.

Hit - Take another card as many times as you like
Stand - Take no more cards and stay with what you have
Split - Make two separate hands out of your initial cards. Requires two bets
Double Down - Double your bet and get one more card only
Insurance - If the dealer has an Ace up card you can bet that he will have blackjack
Hand Outcomes
There are several possible blackjack hand outcomes. Following are the details and the pay offs for each of the outcomes.

Blackjack - Any two card hand consisting of an Ace and a Ten. Pays 3 to 2
Win - Your total is higher than the dealers or the dealer busts. Pays 2 to 1
Push - Your hand ties with the dealers. You bet is returned to you.
Lose - If the dealer has a higher hand you will lose your bet.
Insurance - If the dealer has blackjack when you will get paid 1 to 1
Game Variations
Find out about all of the different game variations including where to find the only online version of the popular new game "Blackjack Switch". We also list the house edge for each game so you can make an informed decision where to play.
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