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Play blackjack online
At Grosvenor Casinos, we take one of the most popular card games in casinos around the world and give you the same experience online. We also offer regular casino promotions, where you can enjoy bonuses and more when playing our blackjack games.
When you play online, you can choose from two options: live or classic online blackjack (sometimes called RNG blackjack - RNG stands for Random Number Generator).
Live blackjack is played with real dealers and other online players, giving you the same thrills you’d get on the casino floor. There are live tables open 24/7, catering to every kind of blackjack player, with side bets, native dealers, and innovative new ways to play across a broad array of tables.
Classic online blackjack games use modern 3D graphics to create a realistic casino experience. They allow you to play at your own pace and experiment with strategies without the pressure or slower pace of playing live alongside other players.
History of blackjack
Although blackjack has no known origin, researchers believe it was first played in France under the name ‘vingt-et-un’, meaning ‘twenty and one’. It is believed the game derived from popular French dealer-led card games at the time, chemin de fer and French Ferme.
The name ‘blackjack’ initially came about when French colonists introduced the game to US gambling houses in the 1800s. Players were offered bonus payouts for a hand with an ace of spades and a blackjack (either jack of clubs or jack of spades). As the game became more popular in the US, the name stuck.
All cards in blackjack are counted on their face value. Number cards have the value of their numbers, picture cards count as ten, and aces count as either 1 or 11, depending on whether or not the player’s hand exceeds 21. Cards are dealt from a ‘shoe’; this holds multiple decks of cards, with many casinos holding 6 decks in 1 shoe.
The blackjack table is a semi-circle, with a square box indicating the ‘betting spot’, where the casino chips are placed. Most casinos allow players to play on multiple boxes with a table minimum.
Blackjack etiquette requires players to refrain from handing money directly to the dealer (it must be placed on the table), touching cards or chips once the cards are dealt, and holding cards with two hands.
Face Up 21
In this popular game, both the dealer’s cards are dealt face-up, giving players the chance to make early decisions. However, surrender your hand too soon and you could end up on the wrong side of the house edge.
Pontoon requires both cards to appear face down, with players given 2:1 payouts rather than traditional 3:2 payouts.
As the name suggests, you can play more than one hand at a time, meaning the game is played at a quick pace. Play Multi-Hand Blackjack and experience the special features, including betting on up to three hands per round.
Perfect Pairs uses normal blackjack rules but allows for an extra side bet at the start of each hand. The side bet is the player’s wager that the first 2 cards will be of the same value. Hit the same cards of the same suit and you can expect to receive a 30 to 1 payout or better. In Blackjack Perfect Pairs, you can enjoy the thrills of the classic card casino game with the added side game action.
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What is Blackjack?
Blackjack is a classic casino table game, loved by many. The aim of the game is to have a higher valued hand than the dealer, but to make sure you never go over a total value of 21. There are many variants of in-house or online Blackjack, including Players Suite Blackjack, Multi-Hand Blackjack, and Live Party Blackjack.
We provide a range of low and high-stakes Blackjack table games for players to enjoy.
How to play Blackjack?
Blackjack is a fairly simple game to learn. First, place your bets for the hand. Then, the dealer will deal two cards to each player and two to the dealer themselves. One card is placed face up and the other face down for the dealer, whilst the players’ cards are dealt face up so everyone can see them.
Picture or face cards, like Jacks, Queens and Kings, all have a value of 10. Aces can count as either 11 or 1, depending on which better suits your hand. In order to win the game, you need a hand that has a higher value than the dealer’s but that doesn’t exceed a total value of 21. If you do have a hand of 22 or more, you will go bust.
If the dealer hands you an Ace and any other picture card, which is worth 10, you’ve got Blackjack! In this situation, only the dealer getting Blackjack can stop you from winning the hand. If the dealer also gets Blackjack, you won’t lose, but your total bet will be returned.
Once you have been dealt your cards, you have the option to:
- Stand (take no more cards)
- Hit (take another card)
- Surrender (the house takes half the bet, returning the other half to the player)
- Double down (increasing the initial bet by 100%)
- Split (if the first two cards of a hand have the same value, players can split them into two hands)
The last person to handle their cards is the dealer. In the traditional blackjack card game, the dealer must take a card on 16 or less – following basic blackjack strategy – and stand on 17 through to 21.
You can also get up to speed on the rules of Blackjack online, and learn to play a flawless strategy in every hand with Perfect Blackjack.
How do bets work in Blackjack?
You’ll be pleased to know that betting in Blackjack is fairly straightforward. Before hands are dealt, each player must place a bet using chips on the table in front of them. You can also choose to double down, which is a duplicate of your first bet, if you like your odds after you’ve been dealt your hand.
There are minimum and maximum betting limits for both in-casino and online Blackjack. The amounts will differ depending on the Blackjack variant you’re playing.
There are also a number of side bets available in most Blackjack games, including:
- Perfect Pair
- Coloured Pair
- Mixed Pair
- Suited Trips
- Straight Flush
- Three of a Kind
Now that you have all this Blackjack betting information, you’re ready to start wagering on any of our Blackjack table games.
Do I need a strategy to play Blackjack?
Yes, it can help to apply a Blackjack strategy, regardless of whether you’re playing in-casino or online. In order to increase your chances of winning, you should know whether it’s better to hit or stand. Here are three simple strategies:
- Hit on 12 or less – if the dealer's upturned hand shows a 2 or 3.
- Hit on 11 or less – if the dealer is showing 4, 5 or 6.
- Hit on 16 or less – if the dealer shows 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, King or Queen.
You can learn the optimum Blackjack strategy online with regular practice. Join us and play our traditional Live Blackjack games, or choose from our incredible selection of other Blackjack games, including Blackjack Perfect Pairs and Multi-Hand Blackjack.
When to hit or stand in Blackjack?
In Blackjack, you hit to add another card to your hand, with the aim of getting as close as possible to 21 without going bust. You stand if you don’t want another card. You can do this if you’re confident in your hand, or are trying to avoid going bust.
Knowing when to hit or stand should be easy to grasp, but it takes some practice to put it to good use.
A good basic Blackjack strategy is to stand when your hand is 12-16 and the dealer shows 2-6. You should choose to hit when your hand is 12-16 and the dealer shows 7-Ace.
Can I raise in Blackjack?
Yes, Blackjack does allow you to raise your bets mid-hand. If you like your odds after you’ve seen your hand, you can increase your wager by doubling down. This means you place a second bet that’s the same value as your first. If you see that you have the chance to win, raise your bet so you can take advantage of it.