Blackjack, also known as 21, is perhaps the most popular of casino games and enjoys the kind of fame other card games can only dream of, featuring regularly in films, TV as wells as books.
Blackjack’s beginnings are murky, but it’s thought that the game originated in Spain. The first references to the games are found in a short story by Miguel de Cervantes, and at the time the game was known as ‘ventiuna’ or ‘21’. In blackjack, the participants play against the dealer rather than each other with decks of 52 cards, and the aim of the game is to secure a hand of the highest value possible, without going above 21.
Blackjack hasn’t always been popular, and certainly wasn’t when it was first introduced in the United States, back when it was still referred to as 21. It gained popularity when casinos began offering bonuses and favourable odds, including a 10-to-1 payout that consisted an ace of spades and a black jack – which is how the game got its celebrated name.
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Because the rules of blackjack are very straightforward, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re new to the game or have been playing for years. While your online blackjack game can be improved by employing different strategies, the basic strategy is a popular one and has served players well over the years.
Although the rules can vary from one game of blackjack to another, they all have the same basic concept. Once the players have made their bets, the game has begun, and all a player has to do is get a hand that totals not more than 21. The value of the Jack, Queen and King cards is 10, the aces have a value of 1 or 11, while the cards numbered 2-10 keep their face value.
Once you’ve placed your chosen bet (using the chips) you will be dealt your cards. The dealer will then deal their own hand, leaving one of the cards face up and one face down. If your hand totals more than the dealers, or is 21 or less when the dealer busts, you win. If you play your cards right, you can win big money playing live and online blackjack.
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If you’re ready to play a round of blackjack where the stakes can be really high, head to the PlayFrank live casino lobby to find live blackjack games being played with real dealers. When you play live you’ll find a very different platform to the one in online blackjack, including multiple camera angles of the table so you don’t miss any of the action, live dealers you can interact with, and the chance to place higher bets at the special VIP tables.
PlayFrank offers other varieties of online blackjack as well as the classic versions of the game. These include Blackjack Atlantic City, Double Exposure and European Blackjack Gold Series, to name but a few. If you want to brush up on your online blackjack skills, you can also play these versions in demo mode. Here are some common variations of blackjack you might come across.
As the name suggests, in this version just one deck of cards is used. Before the game starts, bets are placed and then the cards are dealt. The dealer will deal one card face down, and the other face up, while the player is dealt two cards both face up. Players can decide whether to stand, hit, double down, or place more bets depending on what cards they and the dealer have.
Just as with the traditional game of blackjack, the aim in Double Exposure is to achieve a hand of 21 or less. In this version, two decks of 52 cards are used, and the dealer will stand on soft 17, which gives players more opportunity to increase their winnings.
Pontoon is a very similar game to Blackjack, although there are some notable differences, particularly in the terminology.
When you ‘Hit’ in blackjack, that tells the dealer you want to be dealt another card. The same action exists in Pontoon, only this time it’s called ‘Twist’. To ‘double down’ in Pontoon you would say ‘buy’ in order to double your bet and receive another card. While in pontoon you can have two or more cards when you double down, in blackjack you can only do this with your original cards.
Another noticeable difference when playing pontoon in the Five Card Trick. Here, you need to collect five cards that add up to 21 or less. This strategy will beat a non-pontoon 21, because it pays 2 to 1 odds. With Blackjack, you are rewarded when you are closer than the dealer to 21.
Blackjack is a fantastically thrilling game to play, and it’s no wonder it has become so popular over the years. With so many blackjack options for players at our online casino Canada, no one can say now that they don’t like playing blackjack! Sign up with PlayFrank and play live and online blackjack today.