Hey, I’m Renny and today I’m sharing with
you the basics of my fave casino game – Blackjack!
I totally love Blackjack. I mean, it’s super
easy to learn, fun and has one of the smallest
house edges that shrinks even further as you
get better at the game!
So if you learn how to play proper, you can
make some serious dollar!
In Blackjack, or as some sophisticated gents
like to call it “twenty-one,” you play
against the dealer. Your aim? Get a higher
hand than him (or her!), without exceeding
The cards are valued as follows:
Cards 2-10 are at face value
“Face cards” are all valued at 10
And aces are valued at 1 or 11, depending
on what’s more helpful to you
Once you place your bet, you’re dealt 2
cards face up. The dealer also gets two cards,
one of which is face down.
There are four moves you can make to get to
21, or as close to it as possible without
going over. You can
Ask the dealer to “hit” you with, or deal
you, another card. (more like hit ON me – woaaah!)
“Stand” if you don’t want to be dealt
another card. Do this when you think any additional
card will make you ‘go bust’ (i.e. exceed
“Double down.” AKA double your bet mid-hand
and get one more card. Do this when you’re
sure that extra card will beat the dealer’s
hand without going bust!
Or you can “split” your cards. This means
that when the first two cards of your hand
have the same value, you split them into two
hands, and make two separate equal bets at
Let’s say you’re dealt a 7 and a 3. Obviously,
you’ll ask the dealer to “hit” you again.
You’re nowhere near 21 and on no planet
can that third card make you go bust.
But, if you’re dealt a 9 and a 10, and you’re
not James Bond in Casino Royale, you’ll
stand. Your hand is likely better than the
dealer’s and the odds of being dealt an
ace or a 2 are too slim to risk it.
Got a 9 and a 2? Well, LOOK. AT. YOU. You’ve
got the perfect hand to double down. If your
next card’s a 10 or a face card …hello,
You’ve been dealt two 9’s? You can either
stand or split them up and bet both hands.
Always watch the dealer’s face-up card (or
cards). Duh, it could change your whole strategy.
Once you’ve made your moves, it is possible
to tie with the dealer in what’s called
a “push.” You neither win nor lose money
My advice? Many online casinos offer playing
for free (without placing actual bets). You
should get out there, practice a few games
to up your chances of winning! Casinoland.com
lets you play for fun without any download
or registration requirements.
I’m Renny with Online Casinos Canada. Check
back soon for more OCC videos on advanced Blackjack
options and player strategies!
Meanwhile, good luck, ya silly gooses!