Online Blackjack

When it comes to enjoying a good game of blackjack, online casinos are certainly the best option.

When it comes to finding a place to gamble, few can compete with the online environment. The popularity of online gambling establishments is well deserved when you think about how simple it is to play. Users simply need to find the casino of their choice, sign-up and enjoy hundreds of their favorite games.

As far as the availability of games, the huge selection is another reason for the success of online casinos. While the most popular games are slots which boast amazing graphics and fun game-play, casino classics are also a favorite choice for a lot of players. One such classic game is Blackjack, also known as 21.

A short history of blackjack

The history of blackjack is somewhat of a mystery; however, some mentions can go quite a long time back. The first mention of a game similar to present day blackjack is made in Miguel de Cervantes’ book Don Quixote. The author is known to be a passionate gambler, making numerous references in his works. One of these notes is the ‘vientiuna’ reference, which literally translates to 21, made in Don Quixote.

As far as the actual name of Blackjack, it can easily be traced back to the development of Las Vegas as a gambling paradise. During the development of the gambling industry in the city, casinos were trying to bring in as many people as possible by offering the biggest payouts. Such a payout, a 10:1 payout in fact, was offered in the game of 21 if a player managed to combine black jacks an ace of spades. The hand was named Blackjack, and while the payout was removed with time, the name became so familiar that it remained and is used to describe any two cards that have a combined value of 21.

Learn how to play blackjack online

When it comes to actually playing blackjack online there are few things that differ from playing blackjack in land-based casinos. Most online casinos use between one and eight decks for a game, all without jokers of course. For a user to play blackjack online he or she will first have to place a bet. After betting, the player receives two cards, both face up, while the dealer who also receives two cards will only place one of them face up.

The goal is the same, to be the first player to reach 21 or the closest value to 21 in the game without going over. As far as cards value goes, the number cards have the value of their numbers while face cards value 10 points each. Aces can either have a value of 1 or 11 depending on what works best for the player.

Players can choose to stop at the two cards they are initially dealt or ask for more cards until they are happy with their hand’s value.

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