Blackjack is now widely available online at almost every online casino. It may also appear as a side game at your favourite poker site, sportsbetting site or similar gambling portal. This is by far the most popular card game (not including any poker varieties) and players can play one game from as little as $0.50 per game.

This is a very fast paced game that involves you having to try and beat the dealer with the cards that you are dealt. Your hand will be compared against the dealers and the person who reaches closest to 21 will win. If you both end up having the same total, the game will end in a tie, which is called a push. If this happens, you will receive your stake back and can then start another game.

The idea is to add you cards together. Each card is worth its face value, so a five is worth 5 points, an eight is worth 8 points and so on. An Ace can be worth either 1 or 11 and the picture cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are all worth ten points.

You will initially be dealt two cards and so will the dealer, plus any other players that are in this round will also be dealt their cards. One of the dealer’s cards will always be facing up, which can sometimes be a great help, especially when you are deciding what your next move will be.

You can either Hit (which means that you want to take another card) or Stand (which means that you are happy with what you have and don’t wish to take another card). Learning when to hit and when to stand should come naturally, but you could do your own research into basic blackjack strategy which will offer advice on what to do based on what you have and what the dealer is showing.

If you go over 21, you will automatically lose your stake. This is called going Bust. The best hand that you could possibly be dealt is known as a natural blackjack. If the first two cards that you are dealt are for example a Jack and an Ace (10 + 11), you will instantly have 21. The only way that you could not cash in from this hand is if the dealer happens to deal himself the same hand, which does happen quite often. Blackjack can now be played in the free play demo mode as well as in the real cash mode and is an extremely exciting card game.