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Basic Rules

Blackjack, odds of 3 to 2 are usually paid. Insurance wagers are paid at 2 - 1.


The game is normally played with four or six decks of cards, unless otherwise specified in the club. “Single Deck” Blackjack is also possible.

The aim is to achieve a score closer to 21 than the dealer, without going over. Each player is dealt two cards face Up. The dealer is dealt one card face up and their second card face down.

Each player will be asked in turn to make their decisions as to whether or not to receive further cards (“draw”) to improve their score, or otherwise “stand” on their existing total. There is no limit to the number of further cards that can be drawn, provided the score does not exceed 21.

An Ace counts as either one or eleven, depending on whether it would cause the hand to exceed 21 (“bust”). All picture cards count as a score of 10.

An initial two card total of 21 is called a “Blackjack” and consists of a ten card and an Ace.

If the dealer receives the same score as the Player, the hand will be tied and the player’s bet returned. A score of 21 achieved by three cards or splitting a pair would be beaten by a two card Blackjack. However, a dealer and player will tie if both have a BlackjackThe The dealer is not permitted to draw further cards to their hand on a score of 17, but must do so on anything up to a score of 16.



A player may double their bet and receive just one further card only (total of three cards) if they wish to do so.

Splitting Pairs

If a player’s first two cards are a pair of the same denomination, they may elect to split them into two hands. Each hand must have a wager equivalent to the original bet and each hand will then be dealt with in turn. There is no limit to the number of times a hand may split, if further cards of the same denomination are dealt to either hand. A pair of Aces that is split will only receive one further card each, and the total will not count as a Blackjack if a ten is then dealt.



If the player is dealt a Blackjack, but the Dealer’s first card is an Ace, they may place an insurance wager of half their original stake. If the Dealer is then dealt a Blackjack, the insurance wager will be paid at 2 to 1 whilst the original hand will tie. The same net affect is achieved by paying the hand even money (instead of the normal 3 to 2 for a Blackjack) if the player elects to accept it. They may otherwise take their chances against the dealer’s hand.


Soft 17

An Ace dealt to the dealer’s hand will normally count as one or 11. However, where the “soft 17” rule is applied, an Ace dealt to the dealer’s hand that would give a score of 17 if counted as 11, will instead be counted as one. For example, a six and an Ace will equal seven, not seventeen.

Rules Credit: National Casino Forum

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My Best Strategy

Blackjack or 21 is a Casino game that has become very popular to play online. The best online play strategy to win and beat the dealer is to pay very close attention to the dealers cards. So do not consume alcohol whilst playing and make sure you are feeling relaxed as distractions and emotional states (for example angry, depressed or desparate) will lose you money.

I never gamble more than I am prepared to lose usually £20.00 to £50.00 and if I lose my initial stake I stop playing and if I lose 2 or 3 visits on the run I do not play for a couple of weeks. Sounds drastic I know, but experience has taught me that a losing streak can continue if you don't change your habits.

Always a £2.00 minimum stake keep playing until you lose your initial stake or start winning. Do not be tempted to change the strategy or table you will lose more money promise !!!!!! If you are winning keep playing until you have doubled your initial stake, once you have achieved this pocket half and carry on playing with the balance.

This is my very simple easy to remember strategy;

Dealer showing a card 6 or below the other face down

Your 2 cards showing 12 and above you should stand/stick

Your 2 cards showing 10 and below you should take/draw a card

Dealer showing 7 or above the other face down

Your 2 cards showing 17 and above you should stand/stick

Your 2 cards showing 16 and below you should take/draw a card

With regard to splitting doubles

Double 10 to double Ace I always split (unless the dealer is showing an Ace)

Doubles under 10 and the Dealer showing a card 6 or below you should split

If the Dealer is showing 7 to 10 and your double is double 6 or less I tend not to split

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Blackjack a brief history

Blackjack derives from the English version of twenty-one called Vingt-Un and the first rules appear in 1800. This game was  developed into an American variant around 1899 and was called blackjack.

In 1956. Roger Baldwin, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel and James McDermott published a paper titled The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack in an attempt to mathematically and scientifically develop an optimal playing strategy and beat the game of blackjack. In 1963 Ed Thorpe used Roger Baldwin's hand calculations to verify the basic strategy in his famous book Beat the Dealer

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