Blackjack is one of the best-known casino games in the world and has enjoyed unparalleled popularity since its debut back in the 17th century. Originating in either France or Spain, it eventually spread to the New World and then all over the globe, and it stands as a casino online player favourite in New Zealand today.
When you’re playing 21 (as the game is also commonly called) at one of our recommended online casinos, the numeral cards from 2 to 10 take their face value, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10 points each, and Aces count for either 1 point or 11.
The aim is to get closer to 21 than the dealer, with 2 cards dealt initially. The most popular versions of the game see the dealer having to Stand when they reach 17 or over, and you will be allowed to Hit as many times as you like until you get to 21 or exceed this total. The best possible outcome is a Blackjack, which is an Ace card and a 10-value card.
Once the cards have been dealt, if you’re happy with what you’ve been given you Stand, which means you take no more cards. If not, you Hit and receive another card, and you can Double Down as well if you want to. Players usually opt to Double Down when they have a hand total worth 9, 10, or 11 points, and this will see you placing a 2nd bet equal to the ante and then receiving just 1 more card.
You could also Split if the first 2 cards dealt you are of matching rank. If you Split, you’ll divide your 2 cards into 2 hands, wager once more, and get an additional card for each. Some online casinos allow you to Surrender, too, which allow you to take back half of your bet and give up your hand. You have to make Surrendering your 1st and only action unless Late Surrender is an option. This becomes a possibility after the dealer has checked the hole card and they do not have a Blackjack.
Basic Blackjack strategy is a set of rules that determines the best way to play every hand dealt when you have to make decisions based on just knowledge of your hand and the dealer’s up-card. It’s the mathematically correct way to play every hand and will maximise your wins and minimise your losses over the long term. The reason it even exists is that this is inherently a mathematical game, and studying it will definitely boost your bankroll. It’s widely available free of charge online.
There are many different variations of this card game available to players from New Zealand, which makes sense, seeing as it is more than 400 years old! Some are more popular than others, however, and the top options for Kiwi players include Surrender, Perfect Blackjack, Pontoon, Switch, and Multi-Hand. Then there’s the latest innovation in the world of casino online gameplay, the live dealer format, which lets you combine the thrill of social interaction with croupiers and your fellow players via video streaming with a betting interface that lets you wager and win with ease.
Surrender allows you to forfeit your hand and get half your ante bet back if you decide there’s no point in going forward, and Perfect Blackjack lets you make as many as 5 side bets. Pontoon is generally played with 8 decks, and Switch allows you to try to get to 21 via 2 hands instead of 1. You’ll also be able to exchange, or Switch, the top 2 cards between the 2 individual hands. The Multi-Hand version of 21 lets you play more than 1 hand at a time, but you’re not limited to just 2.
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