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How to play Blackjack

Online Blackjack has consistently been one of the most popular casino games. With the adrenaline of fast bets, high payouts allure and glamour, no wonder Blackjack remains a firm choice for casino go-ers. Blackjack took its name from a version of 21 in which European casinos used to up the ante and offer increased payouts for anybody you got 21 using the ace of spades and either black jack (clubs or spades). The payouts died off but the name stuck like glue and that’s how we have ‘Blackjack’!

This section of 'How to Play Blackjack' is going to take you through everything you need to learn about playing blackjack online. With our free guide you can get the game overview, learn the rules, learn the value of the cards, understand the game scenarios and identify the mistakes you need to avoid.

Learning how to play Blackjack is essentially very easy, learning to win at Blackjack is a little harder but it can still be done by anybody armed with a little knowledge and basic maths skills. Most people have a good understanding of how a Blackjack game is played, if you don't then you should check out the 'Blackjack Rules' section first. We will assume you understand the basics of the game, you know that to win your cards must total 21 - Wrong! this is the first big mistake new players make. You only have to BEAT THE DEALERS hand to win at Blackjack. You can win with cards as low as 12 or 13. You need to pay as much attention to the dealers hand as your own.

How many times you see new players hitting on 13 - 16 when the dealer is showing weak cards. Hold your hand and wait for the dealer to bust out! You have the advantage, you don't have to take another card, where as the dealer MUST draw another card until he or she reaches 17. See the video example below.

Now you see how you can play weak hands to your advantage! The rest of this site will arm you with everything you need to know about developing your game further – great tips to help you improve your play, casino reviews to help you chose the best blackjack table, player bonuses and a review of tools to help you on your way to a winning strategy.