How to play Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most popular games played at casinos, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Pontoon’ or ‘Twenty One’. The aim of the game is to reach a score of 21 or as close to 21 as possible.

The objective is to beat the dealer’s hand by either having a total that exceeds the dealers total or not going 21 when the dealer does. With the lowest house edge in the casino (0.4%) it’s a strong favourite for bonus hunters. Always check if Blackjack is allowed and if the wagering is weighted.

Card values

How to play

The first that you will need to do is select the size of your bet by clicking on one of the chips, we have chosen £1 in this example.

Simply drag and drop your chip/chips into the circle where it says ‘Place your Bet’.

Then click ‘Deal’.

The dealer will deal each player two cards, the dealers second card will either be face down and not visible to you, or dealt at the end of the game.

Remember, the aim of the game is to get to 21 or as close to 21 as possible (going over 21 is called ‘Busting’).
Depending on which cards have been dealt will receive the following options:

Hit: Select ‘HIT’ to receive another card, you can keep ‘hitting’ until either you reach 21 or bust.
Stand No more cards will be dealt to you.
Double: Selecting ‘DOUBLE’ will double your stake and you will only receive one more card.
Split: If you have been dealt a pair of cards with the same number, you can pay your stake again to split them into two new hands. Each hand will receive an extra card, both hands can be played separately.
Surrender: Give up on the hand and you forfeit half your stake. (Not available in every version)
Insurance: If the dealer’s visible card is an ‘ACE’ you be offered the chance to pay an insurance fee against the dealer having Blackjack. The casino usually pays odds of 2/1 for Blackjack insurance. We suggest rejecting insurance as accepting will increase the house edge.

How and What Can I Win?

If you’re lucky enough to beat the dealer you will receive double your stake as winnings, If you get Blackjack (21 with just two cards) you will receive 2.5X your stake as winnings.

The dealer must keep drawing (hitting) cards to reach a minimum of 16, if they landon 17 they must STAND (have no more cards dealt to them).

If you go over 21 you bust and will lose your stake.
If you stand and the dealer either has a hand with a lower value than yours or the dealer busts you receive 2x your stake.
If you stand and the dealer has the same value as your hand (including Blackjack), it’s a push and you get your stake back.
If you stand and the dealer has a better hand than you, you lose your stake.

What is the Best Strategy?

Here at Bonus Evolution we have the perfect Blackjack strategy. Familiarise yourself with this strategy to maximise your chances of winning. You will benefit by playing some BlackJack using the Demo modes available at some online casinos such as 888.com.

For you to achieve a 0.4% house edge you need to play the perfect game every hand. Deviating from the strategy because you have a gut feeling will only increase that edge.

A hard hand is where you have no Aces, or your Ace is forced to count a 1.
A soft hand is where you have an Ace which can count as either 1 or 11.

So for example, if I receive an Ace and a 2 (a soft 13) and the dealer has a 10, I’m going to choose Hit. If my third card is a 5 (a soft 18) I will hit again. If I then get a 10 (a hard 18) I’m going to Stand.

Golden Chips and Blackjack

If you receive Golden Chips where the stake isn’t returned the RTP is only 49% when you fund your hand with the chip. However if you play the minimum stake on the hand and use your Golden Chip on a side bet like 21+3 you can increase the RTP to 86%