Blackjack Rules to Look for When Playing Online
Almost everyone knows how to play basic blackjack – you try to get as close as you can to 21 without busting.
However, there are a number of factors and rules which influence the odds and strategy of the game. In this article, we'll look at a number of these and explain which rules are in the player's best interest and which rules favor the house.
Number of decks used: Online casinos differ in the number of decks used for the game of blackjack. Some use a set amount (four or six decks) but most online casinos use a Random Number Generator (RNG) to deal the cards. After each hand, the RNG is reset so, in effect, each hand starts from scratch there.
Is absolutely no point in attempting to card-count in online blackjack.
Dealer hits or stands on soft 17: Almost all online casinos employ the rule whereby the dealer must stand on soft 17. As a player, you want your online casino using this rule. If the dealer hits on soft 17, the player is disadvantaged as the dealer has a greater chance of making a strong hand (17 is rarely a winning hand for the dealer).
Player can double after a split: Almost all online casinos allow doubling after splitting. This rule is in the player's favor.
Player can double on any 2 cards: Most online casinos allow doubling on any two cards, but others only allow doubling on 9, 10 or 11. Being able to double on any two cards is in the player's advantage. For example, A5 vs. a dealer 6 is a nice double and you want to be able to have that option. You don't want to be limited to only doubling on 9, 10 or 11. Ed note: Play online blackjack at Golden Palace Casino and get a massive 300% to $300 bonus when you make your first deposit!
Re-splitting: Very few online casinos allow re-splitting. Most allow the one split only. Multiple, or unlimited, re-splits is in the player's favor, if allowed.
Re-splitting Aces: I've never seen an online casino that allows re-splitting Aces, but this is obviously a rule in the player's favor, if allowed.
Player loses only original bet against dealer Blackjack: Almost all online casinos take the whole wager if the player doubles or splits and the dealer gets Blackjack.
Obviously, players would like it if they only lost their original bets against dealer Blackjack, but this rule is very rare.
Surrender: Surrendering, contrary to what some believe, is a good rule for the player. There are clear times when you should surrender, if allowed to do so. 16 against a dealer Ten or Picture Card is a clear surrender.
Surrender against an Ace:
You will never see this allowed in online blackjack, but I have seen this rule in play at land-based casinos in Europe. Clearly, this rule is heavily in favor of the player.
Most online casino blackjack games have a very low house advantage; which means, if you play perfect basic strategy, your exposure to risk is much smaller than in other online casino games like Caribbean Stud Poker or Video Slots, which usually have a high house advantage built into the game.