Online Blackjack

One of the best-known card games of all time, Blackjack is featured in every casino, whether online or bricks and mortar. The game is played against a dealer, and the aim is to beat the dealer with a better hand that does not exceed a total of 21. This game is known for its fast-paced action, and as a result, has been given a starring role in many Hollywood movies – which has only helped the game to maintain its popularity.

Blackjack is an easy game to learn, but offers plenty of entertainment – and our online games benefit from being accessible 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Designed to suit the modern busy lifestyle, and meet the personal tastes and requirements of our players, you can choose to play using download or flash versions of our software, in either Practice Mode or for Real Money.

You can play a range of online Blackjack games at, as we offer not only the traditional favourites, we also offer a number of exciting variants that include special features such as player-beneficial rules and progressive jackpots. These game variants include Blackjack Surrender, Pontoon and Perfect Blackjack. There are also private games on offer, as well as exciting Live Blackjack games that are played with a real dealer live streamed to your computer using the very latest in video technology.

The Background to Blackjack

Originally known as Vingt-et-Un – which translates as 21 from French - and it was a common game in bricks and mortar casino across France. Played using a single deck of cards, this was a favourite game of the Emperor Napoleon, but it didn’t grow in popularity very early on because of one major – and negative - difference between the original game and the version we know now: every winning hand was paid out at even money. There was no acknowledgement of the Blackjack hand, and no extra payout.

The game didn’t change its name or recognise this hand until Blackjack reached the United States, but as soon as the 3:2 payout was initiated, the game grew in popularity and the new name was adopted. As the game spread geographically, it continued to alter to suit the local audience, creating many variants and rule differences, increasing popularity even further.

The internet paved the way for even more possibilities, providing better accessibility to game variants and games in general – the online casino did not have the limitations of its bricks and mortar counterparts, so it could provide games around the clock to suit its players needs. Over time, the online games adapted, with variations on how many decks are used per game, and differing opinions on which number the dealer and player must stand on – but despite these differences, the underpinning attitude remains the same; online Blackjack games provide quality entertainment for players at a time and place that match their personal requirements.

Other benefits from playing online also arose, with new bonuses and VIP loyalty programmes made possible, as well as the capability of providing a range of progressive jackpot games. Progressive jackpots are accumulative jackpots linked across a number of games, and they grow in relation to how many times players bet into the progressive side bet. They are attractive because there is no upper limit to their payout. Before Blackjack could be played online, these types of jackpot had been limited to Slots games. Thankfully, the technological capabilities of the internet and advances in game design combined to create the all-round Blackjack experience you can enjoy in an online casino today.

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How to Play: Games Rules

As with many online casino games, Blackjack is a straightforward game to play, with rules that are easy to learn because each variant follows the same basic concepts. So take some time to learn the basics and you’ll be able to try any online Blackjack game with only a little extra effort.

In Blackjack, the player’s aim is to beat the dealer with the best possible hand using the fewest cards. The hand must be higher in value than the dealer’s, and it must not exceed 21 as this means you have gone bust. If you win, you receive a payout, if the dealer wins you lose your stake, and in the event of a tie (known as a push) you will have your stake returned. It’s important to know that all face cards in this game have a points value of ten, and the Ace card can be valued at either 1 or 11 points, depending on what you require for your hand.

You start with two hole cards and this is the hand you play against the dealer. As the player, you always start the game. You need to consider your hand and then decide whether to ‘hit’ (receive another card) to improve on your hand, or ‘stand’ (receive no more cards and finish your round) to keep the cards you have and complete your hand.

Depending on the type of game you have chosen and the hand you are dealt, you may have the option of making additional moves such as Split, Double or Surrender. Split allows you to separate your pairs into two separate hands, while Double means you can opt to multiply your current bet x2 on the strength of a single card turn. And the Surrender option gives you the chance to choose to lose half of your wager instead of playing the hand you’ve been dealt.

After you have completed your betting round, it’s the dealer’s turn to follow suit. Once he has completed his round, the outcome is decided and if you win, your payout is automatically paid to your bankroll. Note: When you play at our online casino, the dealer must draw to 16 and must stand on all 17s.

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How to play: Our Software

To get started, go to the casino lobby and click on the Blackjack game you would like to play. Set your bet amount and then place your bet on the table by clicking on it – each click will add one chip. If you make a mistake you can remove a chip by clicking on it again, or alternatively, hit Clear Bets to remove all bets from the table and start again. When you are happy with your bets, you hit the Deal button to receive your hole cards. The main buttons that you will then see as you play are:

Hit: Click this to request another card to try and improve your hand. You can hit more than once in a game.

Stand: When you think the hand that you have is the best it can be, when you think adding another card would make you go bust, you click this option and declare your round as complete.

Double: When this option appears, it allows you to double your bet and receive just one more card to add to your hand, completing your hand and finishing your round.

Insurance: This optional extra bet only appears when the dealer shows an Ace. It costs half of your original bet to take this option and its function is to protect you if the dealer gets Blackjack.

Split: If your hole cards happen to be a pair, you can click this to split them into two separate hands that you play simultaneously. The number of splits allowed depends on the house rules, so check the games rules before you play.

Our software helps you to play throughout the game, keeping the overall experience simple and enjoyable by only highlighting possible options as they arise. For instance, Double, Split, Surrender and Insurance buttons will only appear on your screen if the action can be completed at that moment in the game.

To help you even further, when your online Blackjack game is completed, our software automatically compares your hand against that of the dealer and highlights the victor - if you’ve won, your winnings are automatically transferred to your bankroll, so you don’t have to worry about a thing and can concentrate on having fun.

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Game Variants That We Offer

These are a few of our most popular online Blackjack games…

Progressive Blackjack: Available only in Real Money because of the jackpot, this game follows the same rules and interface as standard Blackjack, but with the additional option of paying into the progressive side bet. This side bet allows you to play for the randomly triggered progressive jackpot; progressives increase each time the side bet is played, and there is no upper limit to their payout.

Lucky Blackjack: As the player, your role is to predict the hand value of the dealer’s cards. In this version, you don’t actually receive any cards, you’re betting solely on the outcome of the dealer’s hand. This is a fun and fast-paced game for players looking for an easy to learn variant that offers an experience that is a bit different.

Pontoon: This game is popular because of its extra winning hand. If you hit a five-card hand that doesn’t exceed the maximum points value of 21, then you have Pontoon and you automatically beat the dealer. This hand pays out at 2:1, so it adds an extra layer to your game. Note: if your Pontoon hand ties with the dealer, this is considered a push and you have your stake automatically returned to your bankroll.

Blackjack Surrender: This variant follows standard rules, but you have an additional option to swap your hole cards if you would like to start with a different hand. There is also an additional hand in play called the Seven-Card Charlie, which is a seven-card hand that doesn’t exceed the maximum points limit of 21 and automatically beats the dealer.

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Some Useful Blackjack Terminology

When you play Blackjack in an online casino, there are certain terms that you will frequently come across. To get the most from your game, you need to understand this terminology, so we’ve compiled a list of useful terms to help you, so you can concentrate on enjoying your game.

Blackjack: The name assigned to the best possible winning hand, comprised of two cards that are an Ace and a black Jack – this pays out at 3:2 and is the best paying hand in the game.

Bust: Another word for ‘lose’, this term is used when your hand value exceeds the maximum limit of 21 and you automatically lose the game.

Double Down: This is the chance for you to place an additional bet, equal to your original wager, and draw one more card to complete your round. This is only offered with your initial two cards and in certain game variants.

Peek: This is a special feature in certain Blackjack variants and it allows the dealer to ‘peek’ to see if he has Blackjack – but only if his face-up card is worth 10. If he has Blackjack, you lose.

Push: Another word for a draw or tie with the dealer, and in this instance, you automatically get your stake money back.

Surrender: If you choose to take the Surrender option, you are opting to lose half of your wager instead of playing the hand you’ve been given.

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Play for Real Money and Claim Your Bonus

To open a Real Money account, click on Play For Real Money and fill in the requested details for security and identification purposes. This will take only minutes to complete, and once you have read and accepted the attached terms and conditions, your account will be activated. However, to access our Real Money games, you need to make a deposit so that you have a bankroll to play with.

You can make a deposit in the Cashier using one of our trusted and secure deposit methods – these include a range of debit cards, credit cards and e-wallets, each of which is chosen for its secure and fast transactions. Select the deposit method you would like to use, specify the amount you wish to deposit, and you’re ready to play as soon as the payment clears.

If you are new player, you might want to claim your exclusive 100% Welcome Bonus of up to $777. This 100% match bonus will duplicate whatever initial amount you decide to deposit into your account. To claim your bonus, opt in when you see the pop-up window as you make your initial deposit, and we will then instantly match your funds up to a maximum of $777, adding them to your bankroll.