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Aka’ 21’, ‘Pontoon,’ and ‘vingt-et-un,’ blackjack is one of the select few casino table games that has endured – and been enjoyed – for centuries. While other games involve complex gameplay, blackjack stands alone as having quite possibly the simplest rules to grasp of any casino card or table game. Meanwhile, its notably high return-to-player (RTP) rate ensures its ongoing popularity with experienced and new casino players alike.
Here at Wildz, our online casino is packed with exciting blackjack formats to try, from Classic to Lightning Blackjack and even Live Casino Blackjack. Read on to discover how to get started playing.
The blackjack games you can play here at Wildz work just the same way as their land-based counterparts. Even our more challenging advanced variants follow the same rules when it comes to blackjack hands and the structure of gameplay.
The aim of blackjack is to get a hand of cards as close to 21 as possible to beat the dealer. Blackjack is a game that you play with the dealer; the Player and Dealer alike receive two cards apiece to open the round. Both player cards are dealt face-up to the table, but the dealer only has one face-up card throughout.
The gameplay then continues as follows:
It’s worth remembering that Aces can affect blackjack odds as they can be worth 1 or 11 during the game. However, all Jacks, Queens and Kings in the deck are worth 10.
If the dealer’s face-up card is anything but an Ace, there are two additional options offered to players:
Since blackjack has been in play for centuries, mathematicians and gamblers alike have tried to create the ultimate blackjack strategy for years. While some systems produce better results than others, there’s sadly no such thing as a single winning strategy. When you play blackjack, you can improve your chances of winning by following our basic pointers:
One of the unique aspects of blackjack is that it features an irregular house edge. This house edge then fluctuates further depending on which of the several blackjack variants you happen to be playing, the rules governing the game and even your playing style. While being fixated on a specific blackjack strategy won’t benefit you, nevertheless, you should aim to play the game strategically – especially if you want to shave some extra numbers off that house edge.
Generally speaking, you can expect the blackjack games here at Wildz – including our live casino variants – to have a house edge ranging from 1% to 4%. Your odds of winning, meanwhile, could reach up to 42.22% if you’re splitting the right cards while you play and taking advantage of strategy charts.
As you progress in the game, you may even be able to get your RTP up to 99.5%, lowering the house edge to a minuscule 0.5%.
Once all cards are drawn, whoever has a total closer to 21 than the dealer wins. The hand with the highest total wins as long as it doesn't exceed 21; a hand with a higher total than 21 is said to bust.
It depends on how you play; the more efficiently you play, the lower this can become. You can bring the house edge down to just 0.5-1% if done correctly.
Blackjack hands are scored by their point total. Cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value, and face cards (jack, queen, king) are worth 10. Ace is worth 1 or 11.
You can get a good return by slowing down your play and reducing the house edge to the bare minimum using the basic playing strategy.