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Mastering Blackjack Strategy for Online Play

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Blackjack is a popular and widely played casino card game in the world. Even Napoleon Bonaparte was a very big fan of this game. The rule is simple – 8 players including the casino dealer play together at a time. Every player is playing against the dealer. In Blackjack there are two ways to win – a) You have to get a greater value than the dealer without exceeding 21. b) Dealer’ hand value becomes more than 21.

Online Blackjack allows a player to play the game without visiting a casino physically. Casinos allow you to bet live through online betting platforms. You will get various types of blackjack to play online and the dealer plays blackjack in front of the players through live video streaming. Some online casinos also allow you to chat with other players during the game. In this blog, you will learn the online blackjack strategy to become a master of this game. 

What is Online Blackjack? 

Online Blackjack is a digital version of Classic Blackjack. It offers a convenient way to play blackjack in online mode. Players can easily enjoy the same experience from anywhere with their devices. The online version of Blackjack is available at online casinos. Legally licensed casinos offer this game to play online. Therefore, you can trust this game.  

In online Blackjack, the dealer of a casino plays the hands. Casinos organise the game and share the live footage with the players through real-time video streaming. It is best to play this game only in licensed online casinos to avoid scams. On the other hand, you can also play without money if your casino allows free-to-practise games before using real money.

Blackjack Terms 

Here are some basic terms you should know before learning online blackjack tips:

Blackjack: If the total value of the hand becomes 21 with the first two cards. Then it is ‘Blackjack’ or ‘Natural’ and the player is an instant winner of the game.

Bust: If the total hand value exceeds 21 with the first two cards, then it is ‘Bust’ and the player will lose that game.

Hit: ‘Hit’ allows a player to request the dealer to add an extra card.

Stand: This means a player wants to hold and end their turn.

Double Down: This means you are doubling your bet before the dealer adds another card.

Split: If your two cards are the same, you can ‘Split’ them to play each of them separately.

Insurance: It is a side bet where a player can bet on a casino dealer. If the dealer gets blackjack then the player wins. However, they lose their main bet.

Push: When a player and the dealer end the game with the same hand value, the situation is called ‘Push’.

Surrender: It is an optional rule where a player can give up their game in the middle. In this case, if they lose, they have to pay 50% of their initial bet.

Hole Card: The card which is facing down in Dealer’s hand is ‘Hole Card’.

Cut Card: ‘Cut Card’ helps to cover the bottom card in a handheld deck.

Up Card: The face-up card of the dealer is an ‘Up Card’.

Card Values in Blackjack

Before making the best online blackjack strategy, you should remember the card rankings in the Blackjack game:

Cards from 2 to 10 are counted as per their face value.

King, Jack, and Queen are counted as 10.

Values of Ace cards are counted as 1 or 11. If the total hand value exceeds 21, it is counted as 1. Otherwise, it is counted as 11.

Strategies to Play Online Blackjack

Now we are going to discuss online casino blackjack strategy. By following these strategies, you will be able to increase your winning chances. 

Make a ‘Stand’ on 17+: This is the first rule of blackjack where you should not try to improve your hand value if the total hand value is 17 or more. Even if the dealer has an ace; you should stand in that position.

Double Down Your Game on 11: With first two cards if the hand value is 11, then you can try to double your bet to maximise winning for the long term.

Split 8s and Aces: In starting hands if you have a pair of aces or eights you should always split. It can be the best option if the dealer has Ace, 10, or 7.

Never Split 10s: A basic blackjack strategy is not to split if you have a pair of 10. This is because the hand value of 20 has a great chance to win.

Hit on Ace-7 if Dealer has 9, 10, or Ace: If you start with Ace-7 and the dealer has an up card of more than 8, it is best to take a hit

Only Stand with 12 if Dealer has 4, 5, or 6: When the up card of dealer is 4, 5 or 6, you should stand with your position. Otherwise, the best move is to hit to win a game.

How to Deal with Bankroll

Bankroll means the amount available in the wallet of your online casino at the beginning of the game. Bankroll management is another important point to remember to bet your money in a better way. When you register with an online betting platform, you hope to win all games and earn profits. However, this is not possible for any person to win everytime. It is a reality that there are chances of losing a game even if you have the best strategy. Therefore, you have to be cautious with the betting amount and you have to learn Bankroll management. 

First, think about the following questions:

How much would you like to bet in casino games?

Do you bet regularly or will you play only once?

If you lose your money, how much will it affect your daily life?

For gameplay, a bet between 3% to 5% of your money is a good betting strategy. For example, if your account has ₹10,000 then you should not use more than ₹500 in each bet. This will help you to play for the long term and there are fewer chances to lose all your money at once.

For withdrawals, the best practice is to sweep your profits and maintain just a minimum betting amount to avoid betting addiction. For instance, you have added ₹2,000 to your game account and you win ₹400, the total amount now is ₹2,400. Therefore, you should withdraw the winning amount of ₹400. This depends on the minimum deposit and withdrawal limits of your casino game.

Tips for Beginners

If you are a beginner in blackjack, you can follow these tips to improve your online blackjack strategy 

Practise Free: Before playing with real money right from the start. You should master your strategies first in free games. Nowadays, some online casinos offer free games to play where you can test your skills. Go and try those games.

Select the Correct Blackjack Game: if your basic strategy is ready, you have to find the right game for you. There are various types of decks in blackjack, like Single Deck, Dealer Stands on Soft 17, Double Down Available, etc. If the games are in different situations, you have to choose the right strategies because a small mistake can go against your favour.

Strategy Charts: Try to follow basic strategy charts to improve your skills and become a pro in Blackjack. You can find many types of charts on the internet. Find which one is best for you, or prepare one for yourself with an expert’s help.

Blackjack is one of the easiest online casino games. A good strategy will help you to increase your winning chances. Learn the basic strategies first, then try to learn the advanced strategies. Otherwise, you will be confused about which plan you should follow. Learn one chart at a time and try the same in free games. If the strategy fits you then master it. Otherwise, try the next strategy on your list.