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Blackjack has seen a huge surge in popularity with online casinos taking over the industry. More and more players are drawn to it both as a pastime and as a means to win real money. Whether you’re here for the fun or for the money a quick-start guide will help you with the basics of the game. With a few key strategies and terms, you will get the most out of your game.

Some Blackjack Basics

There are some rules you should learn about in this blackjack guide for beginners. For example, if you want to win in blackjack and beat the dealer’s hand make sure not to go over 21. If the total of cards in your hand goes over 21 you go “bust”. On the other hand, if the dealer’s cards’ total reaches 21 before you, you’ve lost.  Picture cards such as King, Queen, Jack are worth “10”, the Ace is worth either “1” or “11”, the other cards are worth their nominal value 3 is “3”, 4 is “4” and so on.  If you need another card you ask the dealer to “hit” and if you want to stop receiving cards tell the dealer to “stand”. There are other rules you might want to look into before you start playing blackjack in casinos.

Online Blackjack for Beginners

These rules also apply to blackjack played on online platforms such as any sports betting platform. These platforms are a better choice if you are a complete beginner because you can get detailed guidance on how to play blackjack online.

In addition, online platforms offer a number of perks for first-time players and even a daily blackjack bonus. Another important feature that online platforms may offer is the demo account where you can practice playing blackjack without actually winning or losing any money.

Key Terminology in Blackjack

As a beginner, you also need to get the hang of some important blackjack terminology before you start playing. In this blackjack for beginners guide, we will introduce some of the most important terms you will need to know in the game.

Anchorman – is the last player that acts before the dealer.

Bankroll – is the money you have at your disposal during the game.

Burn card – is the top card in the deck that the dealer places face down to the side before dealing. It is meant to ensure that the players don’t guess what the first card is going to be.

Bust – is the word that is used when the player runs out of money. They usually say you “went bust” if you lose or have no more money to bet.

Cold deck – is the deck of cards from which a player keeps getting unlucky cards and loses money.

Colour up – is referred to the act when a player asks the dealer to exchange low denomination chips for higher denomination ones.

Discards – refer to all the cards that have already been dealt.

House edge – is the advantage that the casino has in a game.

Flat betting – refers to the act when a player wagers the same amount over and over again.

Hit – is when a player asks the dealer to give another card.

Pit – refers to the table at which a player sits during the blackjack game.

Stand – is when you decide not to take any more cards.

Blackjack Strategies

In this basic blackjack guide, you can look into some hands-on strategies to guarantee your win in the game. First off, when it comes to splits you should always split Aces and never split tens, you should always split 8s, 9s if the dealer has 2-9, but you should stand on 7.

Also split 3s, 2s, and 7s if the dealer has 2-7, otherwise hit. Split 6s if the dealer has 2-6, otherwise, hit and split 5s if they have 2-9, split 4s if the dealer has 5 and 6, otherwise hit.  You should stand on soft 20 but soft 19, if the dealer has a 6, otherwise you should hit. You should stand on soft 18 and 17 if the dealer has 2-6, and soft 16,15,14, and 13, unless the dealer has 4-6, otherwise you should absolutely hit. You should always stand on a hard 17 but in the case of 13-16 should always stand unless the dealer has a 2-6, in which case you should hit,11 always doubles and 8 always hits.

After having gone through our blackjack guide for beginners you are all set to start wagering in all settings—in casinos as well as online betting platforms.