Free Blackjack Online
Very Basic Blackjack Rules
Every player at the table gets dealt two cards face-up. The dealer will have one card face-up and one card face-down. The goal of the game is to get closer than the dealer to 21 without going over. If you go over, you bust and automatically lose. If the dealer has blackjack and you don’t, the dealer automatically wins and you lose. If you and the dealer end with the same total, then it is a ‘push’ and no one wins.
A ‘blackjack’ hand is when a player is dealt a ‘ten’ card and an ‘ace’ as the two original cards dealt. A blackjack is an automatic win and in most online casinos pays out 1.5 to 1, but all online casinos differ.
That is basically all you need to know to play free blackjack online, but there is a bit more rules you should know before spending your money, such as splits, double downs, insurance, and more.
Blackjack Strategy – ‘By the Book’
Most players who have some knowledge of blackjack will play what is called ‘by the book’. This is the very simple strategy that we will quickly explain here. The very easy way to understand what you should do at a blackjack table is to always assume the dealer’s face down card is a 10. Then, use logic to determine whether you should ‘hit’ or ‘stay’.
Most of the time you will hit your hand if the dealer has a 7-8-9- or -10, and you have a 16 or less. If the dealer is showing an 8, then you should assume they have an 18. This means you should hit your hand until you have an 18 or higher.
If you have a 12 or higher, most of the time you will stay if the dealer has a 4-5 or 6. These are three cards that the dealer is most likely to bust on, so you won’t try to beat their hand, you will simply ‘not bust’ and hope that the dealer does. If you have a total of 9-10-or 11 you may choose to double down on your hand if the dealer is showing a 4-5 or 6. You will only get one card when this happens, but you don’t care because you are simply hoping the dealer busts, in which case you will win no matter what you have.
Also, never buy insurance.
Now, there are many other things you should know, such as the best times to split, how to count cards (if playing at a live casino with real cards), when to double down, etc., but above are the basic principles that should keep you playing well on any table in the world.
But be sure to use our free blackjack game above using this ‘by the book’ strategy so you have it down pat before playing for real.