There are many visitors at online casinos that ignore the bells of whistles of the pokie machines. Instead they turn to the table games that are offered at these casinos. European Blackjack is one of the table games that people are playing. Blackjack or 21 is by far the most played casino table game and a popular online casino game.
European Blackjack or 21, is similar to regular Blackjack, however in European Blackjack the Dealer does not receive a second (hole) card until after the Player has made all his decisions, including doubling and splitting. The objective of European Blackjack is for the Player to come as close to 21 without going over, while still having a higher total than the Dealer. Prior to receiving any cards, the Player must place a wager. Once the wager is made, the Player is dealt two cards face up. The Dealer is dealt one card face up. If the total value of the Player’s cards is closer to 21 than the Dealer, the Player wins as much as was wagered. The Player also wins if the Dealer goes over 21 and the Player has not busted. If the Player’s total goes over 21, the Player loses the amount wagered.
How to play European Blackjack
The game is played using six decks, which are reshuffled after each hand.
- Play one hand per round.
- Dealer stands on soft 17.
- Double on hard totals of 9 to 11.
- Split up to three hands.
- No surrender.
- Split aces receive only one card.
- No re-splitting of aces.
For betting click on a chip to place a bet, additional clicks on the chip interface will add to the wager. To remove a bet, click on the chip in the betting circle. Minimum amount to bet is $1 while the maximum is $500.
Card suits are irrelevant. Cards 2 to 10 have face value. Jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10. Aces have a value of 1 or 11. The Player wins when achieving a score that is 21 or less, but greater than the Dealer’s final total. Achieving a score of 21 or less when the Dealer’s final score exceeds 21. An ace and any ten-value card on the initial deal is called a Blackjack. Blackjack pays 3 to 2, providing that the Dealer does not also have Blackjack. A Player and Dealer Blackjack on the same hand results in a tie, known as a push. If the Player’s total is over 21, or if the Dealer achieves a better score, the Player loses. Any winning score of 21 after a split is paid 1 to 1.
There are as many strategies for European Blackjack as there are players. The goal of the game is basic. Get as close to 21 without going over. Make sure that your hand is higher than the dealers. The methods to get there are vast. Some players will keep their bet the same while others will vary their bets depending on whether they think the deck is to their advantage or to the dealers. It is important that whatever strategy is used, that it be used consistently.
Anyone playing European Blackjack at the online casinos will lose some hands. The key to a good strategy is to find the one that allows you to win more hands than you lose.
There will be some blackjack players that wonder if these games are truly fair. They will think that the computer sometimes is not dealing from a real deck of cards. While they may think this, it is not true. The European Blackjack machines are designed to replicate a real table game experience and the chance to win is dependent on the skill of the player and the luck of the cards.