Blackjack Basics – Let’s Get Started!

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Enjoy this introduction to online blackjack.

Did you know?

  • A dealer in Malta once dealt blackjack for 51 hours straight – now, that’s a long time at the table.
  • Once Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the same day and in one casino won a million “bucks” playing at high stakes. To celebrate, the celebrities even left a tip in the amount of 150,000 “green.”

Blackjack – the name of the game

In blackjack, players play against the dealer to build a hand with the closest value to 21 without going over, or bust, as it’s termed. A popular table game the world over, it’s relatively easy to pick up the rules and play.

Historical fact: When blackjack first became popular in casinos, bonuses were offered to players whose hands consisted of the Ace of Spades and a black Jack.

How to play blackjack online in Canada

Putting together a winning strategy is slightly more complex than just playing according to the basics, which aren’t difficult to learn.

To start, player and dealer both receive two cards. One of the dealer’s cards will be showing. The player must decide if the cards they’re holding are strong enough to beat the dealer’s hand, based on that one visible card.

It’s essential to know the value of the cards to play a game of backjack. Cards from two to ten are valued as they appear, picture cards (Jack, King, Queen) are valued at ten and the Ace is the game changer in blackjack, as it can be valued at either one or eleven, depending on how the player requires it to be valued.

The player works out the value of the two cards initially dealt and compares that to the potential value of the hand held by the dealer, of whose hand only one card is visible. Based on this, the player may choose to add more to their hand to get closer to 21 – a score as close as possible and higher than the dealer’s hand (also risking going bust). An initial hand dealt with a score of 21 is a perfect blackjack.

Mastering blackjack is the next step: being able to guess when to stick (stay with the value of your hand as it is) or to ask for a ‘hit’, or another card. You can keep choosing to hit, but, should your hand exceed 21, you’ll go bust. Once every player has either gone bust or chosen to stick, the dealer reveals their hand. If their total is 16 or less, the dealer must draw cards until the total reaches 17 or higher. The hand closest to 21 wins.

Players at All Slots Casino have a wide selection of online blackjack games to choose from and can play in varying formats across desktop and mobile devices, making it a convenient game to play either at home or anywhere the player has a device and internet access. There are slight variations in the rules depending on the blackjack casino game chosen, but the general game remains more or less the same.

Progressive jackpot blackjack – how to play

Now that you’ve got an understanding of the basic game, you may want to find out more about a popular format of online blackjack – progressive jackpot blackjack. This version of blackjack is a great perk for the online casino enthusiast: the jackpot in a progressive jackpot game increases every time the game is played without the money being won. Eventually, the accumulated pot is won, and the game reverts to its original, predetermined jackpot amount. Then, the prize starts to accumulate all over again.

There’s no set limit to the final amount, so progressive jackpots can be a highly entertaining way to play the game of blackjack online at All Slots Casino.

Blackjack online: FAQs

It’s good to make sure all your questions are answered before you get started. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about playing blackjack online in Canada.

Q: Can you play online blackjack for real money?

A: Blackjack is a game that can be played for great enjoyment as well as practice, and also for real money.

Q: How does the Welcome Bonus work?

A: New players are welcomed to All Slots Casino with a $1,500 welcome bonus. The first three deposits in the first week of play are matched by the casino up the value of $500 each, for a total of up to $1,500. That’s a great way to get started. After that, more rewards and points can be earned as the player plays.

Q: Why do so many people rate us the best online blackjack site?

A: Player preferences are important to All Slots Casino; that’s why there’s a wide range of online blackjack games to choose from, as well as welcome bonuses and the confidence of playing with a trusted partner in online casino entertainment. This creates a secure, fun environment in which to play online blackjack and other popular casino games.

Q: Can I gamble online in Canada?

A: Gambling laws vary throughout Canada. However, you can legally and responsibly register with All Slots Casino, which is licensed via the Malta Gambling Authority. This association provides peace-of-mind to players that fair gaming regulations and guidelines are applied.

Q: Is online blackjack real?

A: Online blackjack tables can be viewed as a virtual version of real tables, where the game can be played for fun or real money. You can play to get used to the game or while you develop a strategy that works for you. Live dealer tables, on the other hand, have real dealers who use real cards, adding an extra layer of realism!

Q: Which is better, blackjack or poker?

A: Card games hold a different appeal for different players for different reasons. Poker and blackjack are both card games based on chance, the difference being that in blackjack players play against the dealer, while in poker, players play against each other. It all depends on player preferences, so each player chooses the game they enjoy most.

Q: What is a blackjack in blackjack?

A: If a player is dealt a total of 21 with their first two cards, that’s a natural, or blackjack.

Q: What happens if you get a blackjack in blackjack, and what’s the five-card rule?

A: If your first two cards total 21, the player gets their bet back and the round is finished, unless the dealer also has a blackjack hand. The 'five-card rule' is when a player automatically wins the game because they have been dealt with five cards without exceeding 21.

Q: Is blackjack basic strategy effective?

A: The group of rules based on what players hold in their hand vs. what the dealer holds and how that can affect play is called the basic blackjack strategy. It has mathematical guidelines and can decrease the player’s chances of losing over time as it reduces the house edge. The house edge in blackjack is relatively low, sometimes at just 1%.

Q: Should I hit or should I stand?

A: Standing or hitting in blackjack depends on the hand held by the payer and what the player guesses could be held by the dealer. Some players view a total of 17 as a good point at which to stick, since the higher the value of the cards held, the riskier it becomes when adding to that value. The choice is up to each player.

Q: Is online blackjack rigged?

A: Online blackjack at a venue such as All Slots Casino is not rigged, and that’s a guarantee. There are strict quality testing procedures undergone by online casinos to ensure fair play.

Q: Is playing blackjack online safe?

A: All Slots Casino is a safe environment in which to play, as it’s the top online casino in Canada, licensed via the Malta Gaming Authority, allowing for total player peace of mind. 

Q: Are there any real money blackjack mobile casinos?

A All Slots Casino’s mobile casino offers the chance to play for real money or for fun via a mobile device, mirroring the experience players may have via desktop. Players simply need to sign up. The online casino experience is designed to be as close to the excitement of a real casino as possible.