How to Play Internet Blackjack
The internet blackjack game begins with the dealer issuing a card face up to every player at the table starting with the player to their left and finally one to himself. This is repeated with a second card being dealt to all the players in the same manner but with the dealer’s card hidden by dealing it face down.
Once all players and the dealer has two cards, play begins, where there are two basic choices.
1) The player may stand and thus receive no more cards. The internet blackjack player chooses to stand when he believes his hand is better than the dealer’s hand or that the dealer is likely to bust.
2) Take a hit, drawing one at a time in an attempt to get a good hand and trying not to exceed 21.
In addition to the basic blackjack strategy for an internet blackjack hand, some hands like those that are paired may be split. When a blackjack hand is split, the cards are separated into two hands, independent of one another. Some hands are considered double down hands. Doubling down is done when a player has two cards that he/she feels will beat the dealers hand after drawing one more card. To indicate the intention to double down the player places a second bet of equal value on the table beside the original bet (but do not touch either the cards or the original bet). Casinos usually allow a player to double down any hand but some restrict doubling down to hands totaling 9, 10 or 11.
Once each player has played, the dealer reveals his hand. It’s the dealers turn to play his hand. The dealer play must play his hand according to specific rules, which are generally printed on the table. Normally the blackjack rules state that a card is drawn when the dealer’s hand totals 16 or less, and stands when the dealer’s hand totals 17 or more.
Once the black jack dealer has finished playing their hand, the bets are settled. Any player with a better hand than the dealer’s is paid (when the dealer busts any remaining player, since players go first any who bust during their turn lose, wins), players with hands worse than the dealers lose, in the case of a tie the dealer neither pays out or collects bets (it’s a “push”).
All winning hands are paid at even money, while a winning blackjack hand pays 3 to 2. The bets must be made before the dealer starts to deal.