Understanding the Rules of Online Blackjack

The game of blackjack involves a dealer and from one to four other players. Prior to the start of the game, the players need to make their bets, which can range from as low as $1 to as high as $500. Different blackjack variations have a fixed minimum and maximum bets.

To indicate the amount of their bets, the player simply chooses the chip denomination available. The game commences when all the players have made their corresponding bets. Once the game has started, the players can no longer change the bets they made. From the two cards that will be dealt to them, every player will try to score a total of 21, or if impossible to do so, get closer to that number. The players will aim to beat the score of the dealer.

In addition, players can either ask for as many cards as they wish or be content with what they have. If any player scores a blackjack, he will receive an amount one and a half times his initial bet. However, in case the dealer scores a blackjack as well, a tie ensues and the player receives his initial bet.

Moreover, it is necessary for the dealer to hit if their cards are below 16, or stand if over 17. If the dealer opts to push instead, then he gives a payout to every player on the table.

In a double down option, the bet may be increased but only when the player receives two cards. With this option, the player gets a third card. But hitting is no longer allowed for the player who chooses this option.

The split option divides a single hand into two groups. The advantage of this option is that a player has two opportunities to win in one game. Upon receiving his two cards, a player can opt to break the cards into two individual hands, with the exemption of the ace. An equal amount of bet needs to be made, which will allow the player to play the two hands separately.

Moreover, hitting on a hand is allowed as long as the player desires to do so. Receiving a couple of aces disqualifies the player from getting a blackjack. The dealer wins if he gets a blackjack, but if the total is 21, the splitting player receives his bet back.

Finally, with the insurance option, a player can make an "insurance" bet if the dealer has an ace. The object card here is either a 10 or face card in the cards facing down. If the player's guess is correct, he receives his insurance bet, and gets a payout of 2:1. On the other hand, the insurance bet is gone if the dealer doesn't have both cards.

These are the basic rules that a beginning blackjack player should master in order to enjoy the game.