Blackjack, also called 21, is one of the most popular casino games. It is a card game requiring luck and skill. The point of the game is for your hand to be higher than the dealer's without going over 21. Going over 21 means you have lost.

There are many different sites that offer blackjack online and several variations of blackjack on those sites. Each variation tends to have its own rules. However, there are basic blackjack rules that everyone should know before playing even a free version of blackjack. The common rules are incredibly simple. Once you bet, if you're not playing for free, two cards are dealt, face up. If your cards equal 21, you win. If the dealer also has 21, it's a tie. If neither you nor the dealer have 21, you have the choice of hitting, standing, or surrendering based on the cards in your hand. The cards numbered 2 to 10 are worth face value. The face cards (Jack, Queen, etc) are worth 10 points. An ace is worth 1 or 11 points, whichever works best for your hand. When an ace is used an an 11 it's called a soft hand. When an ace is used as a 1, it's called a hard hand.

To stand means that you do not want any more cards and it's the dealer's turn. To hit means you want another card and you can continue to get more cards until you go over 21, or stand. To surrender means that you think you may lose, so you give up half of your bet instead of losing the entire bet.

There are some strategies you can use during blackjack. You can double down, which means you double your bet, take another card, then stand. If you are playing more than one hand at a time, you can split. This means you have two cards that are the same and you split them between two hands. You end up doubling your bet this way and each hand receives a second card. You play the hands independent of each other.

Some strategies that may prove helpful to you are always hit when you have a hard 11, or less. Always stand when you have a hard 17, or more. Always hit when you have a soft 17, or less. Always stand when you have a soft 19, or more. You should always stand on a soft 18, unless the dealer has a 9, 10, or Ace, then you should hit. You should always stand on a hard 12 if the dealer has a 4 through 6. If the dealer has anything else, you should hit.


It's recommended if you've never played blackjack before that you try your hand at a free version of the game before playing with money. Most online casinos will let you try blackjack for free before playing. Be sure you understand which version of blackjack you're playing and the rules of the game. Most games have either a help button, or a "?" where you can review the rules of the game.