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Blackjack

One of the most popular casino card games is one of the most exciting. The goal of Blackjack is to beat the dealer's hand without going over 21.

Play Blackjack Online

You can play blackjack anywhere, anytime at home or on your mobile device.

Game Overview

Blackjack, also known as 21, is a popular casino card game in which players compare their hand of cards with that of the dealer. To win at Blackjack, a player must create a hand with a higher total than that of the dealer, but without going over 21.

Game Types Available:  Kings Bounty Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, Low Limit Blackjack, Hole Card Blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack

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How To Play

Find out more about how to play blackjack.

Odds of Winning

Blackjack is a skill-based casino game. For some games it is possible to improve your chances of winning by learning more about the game or by developing skills as a player. This is because players must make decisions that can affect the outcome of the game. For example, there are different strategies for playing blackjack. If you understand blackjack strategy, you can improve your decision-making and your chances of winning.

But don't be fooled, chance still plays a big part. No matter your skill level, you still can't control the hand you're dealt. The best players in the world know when it's time to fold.

In Blackjack, while the shuffling of the cards can produce a random deal, there is still an element of decision-making that can affect a player's results. One strategy some blackjack players use in an effort to maximize their results is a €œbasic strategy€.

Basic strategy is a set of rules that tells the player the statistically best way to play a hand based on two factors — the dealer's up card and their own cards. Basic strategy doesn't ensure a player will win every hand. Using basic strategy does however, give a player the best possible chance of winning and will help minimize the cost of play over time. Many casinos distribute basic strategy cards that a player can use while they are playing.

The house advantage in Blackjack varies from a high of 1.9% to a low of 0.54% if you are employing "basic blackjack strategy".