Play Blackjack on the Internet

Internet 21 ("Blackjack") is the most popular card game available in Internet casinos today. Millions of people try their hand at this classic game every day, practicing their strategy and beating the dealer through a combination of skill and luck.

Some Blackjack History

The earliest version of black jack dates back to 18th century France, where it was known as vingt-et-un (French for 'twenty-one'). During the 19th century, the game migrated to Canada and the United States, though it didn't take off in the U.S. until the rules were changed slightly to make the odds more favourable to the player. One such rule change was the addition of a 10-to-1 bonus if players drew the Jack of spades together with the Ace of spades as his first two cards. The rule is no longer in effect, but history was made and the game became known forever after as "Black Jack" or "Blackjack."

Blackjack has always held a certain fascination for statisticians and mathematicians, and by the 1950's they realized that the game offers the player better odds than previously believed. A decade later, the wide use of computers helped crystallize the basic blackjack strategy still used today. Blackjack basic strategy is based on the mathematics of the game, and it has been tested and refined through computer simulations. When it is followed correctly it reduces the house edge to the minimum, which is usually about one-half of a percent. This basic strategy dictates to the player when to "hit" and when to "stand" based on the cards he and the dealer have been dealt. By playing this basic strategy — by following the chart exactly — the player can play on nearly even terms with the house.

How to Play Blackjack

The object of blackjack is to get a total value of cards as close to 21 as possible without going over and to beat the dealer's total. Numbered cards are worth their face value; face cards are each worth 10. Aces are worth either 1 or 11, whichever is better in the circumstances. If the total value of your cards exceeds 21, you "bust," which means you lose. If your total is less than or equal to 21 and the dealer's total is over 21, then the dealer busts and you win. If neither your total nor the dealer's total exceeds 21, then the higher total wins. In the event of a tie, no one wins and no one loses.

Playing Blackjack in the Internet Casino

There are many advantages to playing blackjack on the Internet as opposed to playing in a land-based casino. Land-based blackjack can be intimidating and pressurized — blackjack dealers and players are not known for their patience. Internet blackjack can be played at your pace, whether you're a beginner or a veteran Blackjack player. More importantly, the basic Blackjack strategy chart can always be at your fingertips when you play Internet Blackjack, thereby doing away with the necessity of committing it to memory. Blackjack is tailor-made for the Internet casino — it's probably the reason that Internet blackjack has been entertaining a huge fan base for years.