|The Basic Rules of BlackJack
Blackjack rules and online blackjack rules alike, of course, since there is no difference between regular and online blackjack rules,
name the objective of the blackjack game is to get closer to 21 than the dealer, but without going over 21. How do you get these points?
You just add all your cards' values. 1's through 10's have their marked value, jacks, queens and kings all are valued as 10's, and
an ace can be counted as 1 or as 11, depending on the hand. An ace is counted in a way that doesn't make the hand go over 21. So a
hand like [7, A] can be counted as an 18, or an 8, but a hand like [7, 4, A] can only be counted as a 12.
Get another card Or Stand: stop at the current total.
If you are sure you can beat the dealer with just one more card, you can double down. "Doubling Down" is the ability to double the bet, and receive just one additional card, if you haven't drawn a card yet. In a good opportunity, like having a hard 11, when the dealer is showing a 2, you could probably beat the dealer by getting just one more card, so you could use this advantage you have and double down. You put the additional bet next to your original bet, and not on top of it. There is an option to double for less, what means you don't double your original bet, but if possible, it's better always to double for the full amount.
If you get a pair of two value-matching pair, like a pair of 6's, or a [J, Q], you can split it, and get two separate hands. Once you split, of course, you have to bet the same amount you bet on the original hand, and put it next to your original bet, in the betting box. The dealer will then deal a second card to your first hand. If you want to double down one of your hands, you'll could, if the casino rules (or the online blackjack rules) permit "Double after split". After you played your first hand, the dealer will deal a second card to your second hand, and you can play it too. If you get additional pairs, always, of course, the first two cards, most casinos (or online casinos) would let you resplit up to 3 times, what means that you'd have 4 separate hands. Splitting a pair of aces is a very strong move. So strong, that if done, you'll be allowed to get just one more card for each hand. If you get a 10-value card as the second card, though, it is considered a regular 21, and not a blackjack, and doesn't pay 3:2.
This decision must be made before any other choice about playing the hand. Surrender offers you the choice of folding with a cost of half your bet, instead of all of it. There are two versions of surrender, early and late, and the difference between them is only how a dealer blackjack is handled. In the early version, a player can choose surrendering before the dealer checks his cards for a blackjack. The other, more common, version is the late one, in which the dealer checks for blackjack before allowing players to surrender their hands, if he doesn't have a blackjack, that is. Surrender isn't an option in all the casinos, so you'd have to check the casino's or the online blackjack rules. To not abuse the surrender option, you should only surrender if the chance of winning is 25% and under, because if you win 25% of the hands, and lose 75%, your loss is about one half, what you are sure to lose by surrendering.
Insurance; Even money:
If the dealer has an up card of an ace, he will offer the players insurance, which means this: The player bets up to one half of his original bet, and puts it on the insurance betting line in front of it. The dealer checks for a blackjack. If the hole card is not a 10-valued one, you'd lose your insurance bet, but can play your original bet, on your hand. If the dealer does has a blackjack, you'll win the insurance bet, which pays 2:1, but will lose your original bet, unless you have a blackjack, too. It's called insurance because it makes you break even - you lose your bet, but win one half of it times two. This is not a smart play move usually, though - the odds are against you on this one. Statistically, to break even the card hole would have to be a 10-valued one 1 out of 3 times, but it is actually 1 out of 3.1875.