Rules for Playing Blackjack

Rules for playing Blackjack

The game of blackjack online is the most popular table games in the world of gambling. In fact, it is more popular if not more widely played than Slot Machines. Also known as 21, the objective of the game is to get a hand value as close as possible to 21, more than the dealer, but without crossing over 21. When you play blackjack online , you are not going to play against other players but against the house, represented by the dealer.

The unique thing about online blackjack is that the rules of the game are fixed for the dealer. Therefore, you do not have to worry about the dealer or any other player getting to see your cards.

Card Values

Before you start playing blackjack online, make sure that you are acquainted with the card values. There is a saying that If you know the card values, you know half the game. The cards from 2 to 9 are valued according to their face value. The face cards, King, Jack and Queen are valued 10, and the Ace can have a value 1 or 11 as needed.

Once all the players have placed their bets, the dealer would deal out the cards. The dealer passes around the table twice, starting from the left so that all the players have a pair of cards each. While the players would have to show both their cards, the dealer would show only one card.

A Natural

A Natural or a Blackjack is when you get a total of 21 in the first two cards dealt to you. It would be formed by a card with a value 10 and an Ace. However, getting a total of 21 beyond the first two cards would not be considered a Natural even if it wins you the game. When you win the game with a Blackjack or Natural, the payout would be 3 to 2. if you have a blackjack, it would beat any total by the dealer except a blackjack. If the player and the dealer get a Blackjack each, then it is a Push and the wager is returned.

Hit or Stand

Once the dealer has dealt two cards each to all the players, the players would have to decide whether to draw another card, known as ‘Hit’ or not to draw another card, which is known as ‘Stand.’ This would solely depend upon the type of hand you have. If your hand total becomes more than 21 at any stage while playing online blackjack, it would ‘Bust,’ and the dealer would collect your wager.

There are many other options available to a player including Doubling Down, Splitting Pairs and Insurance so as to help with the game in different situations. The unique thing about blackjack online is that this game has one of the highest odds of winning in the world of gambling. Unlike most other casino games, skill has a relatively higher role to play in this game. This means that with experience, you can improve your skills and the odds of winning more.

How to Play Video Poker

Video poker rules

Video Poker is a unique casino game that can be considered as a combination of Slot machines and Poker. If you play online video poker correctly, it can help lower the house edge compared to most Slot machines. In the last few years, there has been a huge increase in the popularity of Video Poker and more and more online casinos are adding this game. The first time the video poker was introduced, players could choose between only two games including Better Draw Poker and Jacks. However, today you have the option to choose between more than a hundred variations.

The game of video poker online is close to draw poker than any other game. In fact, it has similar rules with the only exception that you would not be playing against a player. The machine would deal out 5 cards, and you have the choice to draw up to 5 more cards. If you want to keep the cards dealt initially, press the “Hold” button on the screen. Once you are ready, press “Deal” and the discarded cards would be replaced with the new ones. A win or loss would be determined after you have pressed the “Draw” button. The amount of money you win would be determined by the pay table given on the front screen of the machine.

Video Poker has the pay table on its front screen. This is a big advantage over slot machines as you would always be able to check the payouts. In most of the variations of the game, the combinations used are based upon the standard deck of 52 cards. However, there are exceptions such as the Joker Poker Games where 1 or 2 Jokers are present in the card deck. Another variation, Deuces Wild involves the use of a standard 52-card deck, but with the exception that the Deuces are considered wild cards. You can calculate the payout from the amount that the machine would pay for each set of winning combination.

Because online video poker is a game of skills, there is an important role of strategy here. This is a big deviation from the game of Slots, where you would just press the “Spin” button and check the pay table. If you want to get best possible returns, it is most important that the game be played using a fixed mathematical strategy. Keep in mind that each variation of the game has its own type of strategy.

Before you start playing Video Poker, it would be best to learn the game Jacks or Better because most of the other games have been developed from it. Today, video poker is one of the most popular casino games in both online and offline gambling. It ranks with Slots and Blackjack in terms of popularity because of its ease of play and big wins. When playing the game, all you have to choose is the variation and the machine, and you are well on your way to play.