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Introduction to Blackjack Basics

Millions of people all over the world enjoy the thrill of gambling. Each year, eager players visit the casinos of Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Atlantic City, and Macau to try their luck at games of chance. Others, however, may not be interested in or have the means to surround themselves with the bright lights and big crowds of the big gaming houses. Still others may feel intimidated by live play, especially if they have never played before. We here at Top Online Casino believe online gaming is the perfect way to introduce new players to new games and bring the excitement of the casino to your home, but in a low-risk environment.

We want to give our players the best possible gaming experience, providing a fun, welcoming environment, as well as definitions, instructions, and tips for getting positive results and big paydays! Here, we will introduce you to the game of Blackjack, one of the most popular casino games played today.

The Game

The primary goal of Blackjack, or 21, is one that is often misunderstood. Most players, when they first begin playing, believe the goal of the game is to reach 21 points in total in your hand without going over, or “busting.” In fact, the object of the game is beat the dealer! To do this, a player must do one of two things: 1) Outscore the dealer (reaching 21 without busting) 2) Have the dealer bust.

The Vocabulary


The highest number of points possible in a hand, where the total number of points equals 21.


A bust happens when either the dealer or the player goes over 21 when their cards are dealt.

Double Down

This presents an opportunity for a player to double their bet, but may only take one additional hit.


A player may fold if they are not pleased with their hand, but forfeits their bet, and may not play further in that round.

Hard Hand

A hand where there is no ace.


A player asks for a hit when they would like another card in addition to the two originally dealt.

Natural 21

A natural 21 happens when the player or dealer receives 21 points with a 10 or face card and an ace.


A push occurs when both the player and the dealer both reach 21. In this scenario, neither wins, and the dealer returns the player’s bet.

Soft Hand

A soft hand has an ace counting as an 11 (e.g. an ace and a 7 = 18 points)


When a player is dealt two cards of the same number / face (e.g. two 5s), they can make a separate bet of the same amount as their first, and play each card as a separate hand.


A player stands when they do not want any additional cards, either due to a belief they can beat the dealer, or a concern that they will bust.


A player surrenders when they give up half of their bet, while keeping the other, and not playing their hand. Note- not every website or casino will allow this, and a player should ask the dealer before attempting this move.

The Rules

The rules of Blackjack/21 are straight forward, and the game is generally fast-paced, and requires quick thinking. The following are the basic rules of play for the classic game of Blackjack/21:

  1. The game of Blackjack is played with between 1-8 decks, with 52 cards in each deck. Jokers are not used.
  2. Each card has a particular point value: Aces are equal to 1 or 11, depending on the other cards in a player’s hand (e.g. if the other card dealt is a face card, the ace would equal 11, and the player would have a Blackjack. If, for example, a player has a face card, a 5, and then take a hit and get an ace, it would become a 1, for a total point value of 16). Cards 2-9 are face value. Tens and face cards are all ten points each.
  3. Each hand is scored by adding the total number of points on each card.
  4. Bets are placed at the start of each round.
  5. A player is dealt two cards by the dealer, and deals two cards to him/herself. They show one card, the up card, as the players play the round, then turns the second card up at the end of the round.
  6. A player will add up the point value of their hand, and make a decision to fold, stand, hit, double down, or split.
    1. A player may fold if they are not pleased with their hand, but forfeits their bet.
    2. A player will stand on a natural” Blackjack, as they do not require any additional points.
    3. If a player receives two low-value cards, they should hit, where the dealer gives the player another card. The player may request as many hits as they like, but caution should be taken not to take so many as to bust. Experts suggest the following when considering taking a hit or standing:
      1. Hit on a “hard” 11 or lower
      2. Stand on a “hard” 12 if the dealer is showing a 4-6 on their face-up card
      3. Stand on anything above 17
      4. Stand on 13 if the dealer is showing a card below a 6 on their face-up card
    4. A player may choose to double down when they have a hand that equals 9-10 points, and suspect they may get a face card or a 10 on a hit. Unless the dealer has a 10 or an ace, a player should definitely double down, and should also double down on an 11, unless the dealer has an ace.
    5. A player should split 6s and 7s if the dealer is showing a 6 or less, and should always split 8s and aces (if permitted), and never split 5s.
    6. A player may make a side bet, called insurance, if they think the dealer has a Blackjack, and their up card is an ace or a ten.


A player can win in three different ways

  1. If a player gets a “natural” 21 and the dealer does not, they automatically win the hand.
  2. If a player has more points in a hand than the dealer without busting.
  3. If the dealer busts.

There are many variations on games, strategies, and wagering, but the basics for each game are rooted in the information provided here. Best of luck! Have fun!

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