Learn the Blackjack ropes and make a few bucks while you’re doing it! Play the classic game of Single Hand Blackjack in the online casino!
Single Hand Blackjack - Game Guide
The goal in the classic game of Single Hand Blackjack is to get to 21. Face cards (Jack, Queen and King), count for 10 while the Ace can count for 11 or 1. Number cards, the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and all the way up to 10, count for exactly what they are. A 2 is a 2 and a 3 is a 3. If your number exceeds the dealer’s without going over 21, you win!
Single Hand Blackjack - How to Play
The goal of Blackjack is to get as close to or at the number 21 by using face cards and numbered cards. You win your wager if you are closer to 21 than the dealer. Any hand over 21 results in a bust.
You make at least the minimum bet before any cards are dealt. The dealer’s first card is always dealt down while your first two cards are dealt up. Once you’ve received your two cards, you can Stand, Hit, Double Down or Split with applicable cards. If you hit, you get another card, and you keep hitting until you think you’ve gotten as close to the number 21 as you possibly can without going over.
If you go over 21, you’ve busted and the dealer wins. If you’re closer to 21 than the dealer, you win. If you’re at exactly 21, you’ve hit a blackjack! If you get 21 off the draw, a natural 21 via your first two cards, not only do you win your bet, but you win a 6/5 bonus on top of your bet in Single Hand Blackjack!
Single Hand Blackjack - Bet Types
There is only one bet in Single Hand Blackjack. You can make the minimum bet all the way up to the maximum bet before any cards are dealt unless you double down. You can double any two cards in Single Hand Blackjack. A double down is doubling your wager for one more card.
Single Hand Blackjack - Minimum and Maximum Bet Amounts
The minimum bet in the online casino for Single Hand Blackjack is $1 per game.
The maximum bet in the online casino for Single Hand Blackjack is $100 per game.
Single Hand Blackjack – Payouts
You win what you bet. If you bet $100, you win $100. If you win with a blackjack, you show exactly 21, you win 6/5. In that case, your $100 wager will pay back $120 in profit.
Single Hand Blackjack - Strategy/Tips
The dealer is going to have one card face down. What this means is that you will have to strategize around the upcard. If the dealer is showing a card higher than one of yours, you’ll want to hit. If the dealer shows a card lower than yours, you should consider staying and hope for a bust. See a couple of examples below:
Dealer’s upcard is a 5 and you have a Jack (10) and 8 - - Stay
Dealer’s upcard is a 9 and you have a Queen (10) and 4 - - Hit
In Single Hand Blackjack, the dealer has to stay at 17. You can double down on any two cards. Just remember, if you double, you have to stay after the third card is dealt. You should only double on a 10 or 11 unless you think the dealer has a very weak hand.
There’s something else you can do in Single Hand Blackjack and that’s buy insurance on the dealer having a 21. If the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you can buy insurance that the downcard isn’t a 10 or a face card. Insurance pays 2:1 but if the dealer does have blackjack, you lose your original bet. The net effect is that you’re even on the hand.
You probably shouldn’t buy insurance against a blackjack too often. In the long run, you’re going to end up losing both your insurance bet and your original bet.
Blackjack – Glossary
blackjack – A total of 21 in a hand played in Blackjack.
bust – Exceeding the total of 21 in a single hand played in Blackjack resulting in a loss.
deck – A deck of cards. There are 52 cards in a deck.
double deck – Playing with 2 decks, 104 cards as opposed to 52.
double down – Doubling your wager for only one more card.
hard 17 – Any combination of 17 that doesn’t contain an Ace.
high limit – Playing in a game with a high minimum, usually at least $50, and a high maximum, usually at least $500.
hit – To “hit” simply means to ask for another card.
insurance – Insurance is a side bet that pays 2:1 on half of your wager. You will only be offered insurance if the dealer shows an Ace. If the dealer gets a natural blackjack, you lose your original wager, but you win the insurance bet.
multi-hand blackjack - - A variation of Blackjack where 3 to 5 decks are used and the player can play from 3 to 5 hands per deal.
natural blackjack – Hitting a blackjack with a 10 or face card and an Ace
push – A push is a tie. Example: you show 17 and the dealer shows 17.
shoe – A box on an incline from where the dealer draws cards.
soft 17 – In Blackjack a 17 that’s created with an Ace. For example: Ace, 6 or Ace, 3, 3. It’s called a soft 17 because no matter what card is received next, the hand can’t bust.
split – Creating two separate blackjack hands from the first two cards dealt.
stand – Not accepting any more cards from the dealer.
switch – In Switch Blackjack trading your top cards between two separate hands.
upcard – The card that the dealer shows off the draw.