Blackjack has long been one of the most popular card games, and the advent of the internet and online casino sites has meant that this game has also gone online. Nowadays, most online sites offer live blackjack games, and you can find them at EagleBet, thus these are the rules and strategies to keep in mind when getting into a game of live blackjack.
Rules and strategies
As most people may already know due to the number of references to this in popular culture, the aim in a game of blackjack is to have a hand that comes the closest to 21, without crossing it. A standard deck of 52 cards is used for a game of blackjack, while there are many exciting variations of the game offered at online casinos.
One of the most important decisions in a game of blackjack is deciding when to hit and when to stand, and this decision could lead to the player winning or losing their bet. For those who are new to the game and unfamiliar with these terms, a ‘hit’ means requesting another card, on top of the current hand, to be dealt to you from the deck. Players should usually consider asking for a hit when they believe that they will have a higher chance of reaching a value closer to 21. A ‘stand’, on the other hand, means that the player chooses to stick with the cards currently in their hand. This should be done when you feel that your cards are good enough to get you as close to 21 as possible, and another card could potentially take the value of your hand over 21. However, if the dealer has a 10, J, Q or K, there is a fair chance that the dealer could win the round, and you would need a strong hand to have a chance. Ideally, the best scenario is if you have an 11, as you then have a great chance of making 21, but could also go over.
One of the worst scenarios for a player is when the dealer has an ace, since this significantly reduces the value of the dealer’s hand and thus increases the probability of him drawing a card without going bust i.e going above 21. Players have a better chance of winning when the dealer draws a 7, 8 or 9, as the dealer now has a smaller chance of reaching 21. While he can still get a good hand, such as 17, if you have a 10 or 11, you have a good chance of reaching 21. You should hit in such a scenario if you have 9 or less, and stand if you have 17 or more.
Another potentially great strategy is doubling down on your initial bet. However, as the name suggests, this could also cost you double, so do so with extreme caution, ideally when you have a hand totalling 11, or, say for example, when you are holding a 9, and the dealer is holding anything between 2 and 6. There are various other scenarios when doubling down could be profitable, but players need to be careful, as doing so at the wrong time could lead to huge losses