Online Sportsbook Rules | Playing Online Blackjack
Most of today’s top online sportsbooks also offer fast and easy access to an online casino application. Mirroring the popular land-based casinos found in resort destinations such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, today’s highly advanced online casino gaming technology can bring all the same action to a desktop, laptop or mobile handheld device.
One of the fastest growing segments of the online casino industry are software applications for table games. Along with electronic machines for popular table games such as Blackjack and Roulette, today’s top online books now offer live-dealer table games.
Blackjack is the most popular casino card game in the world and there is nothing more exciting than trying your luck at an actual blackjack table. When it comes to playing live blackjack online, you are working with actual dealers as well as actual players at your own table. Most live tables seat up to seven players at a time. Best of all, live-dealer blackjack is available whenever or wherever you are. Whether it is three o’clock in the afternoon or three in the morning, you can log into your online betting account get in on a live game.
Just like playing blackjack at a table in a land-based casino, there are certain rules that you will need to be aware of. While most of the basic rules remain the same from one online book to the next, there could be some specific rules that apply to which version of blackjack you are playing. Some sites offer Early Payout Blackjack as well as a few other versions of the original game.
For the sake of this discussion, all the rules pertain to the most common version found at online casino betting venues. Live blackjack uses a six-deck shoe that is manually shuffled. Most seven-player tables require active betting to maintain your seat. Minimum and maximum bet levels will be clearly posted.
Upon your turn in the playing rotation, you will be given the option to:
– Hit (take another card)
– Stand (use the cards you have for your game total)
– Double (double the amount of your original bet)
– Split (play two separate hands when dealt two of the same card value)
Please keep in mind that there is a set time limit to decide your next move. If you fail to make a decision in that allotted time, you will play out the hand with the two cards dealt.
You can only split a hand once and you will have the option to double your bet after the split. If you are dealt two aces, you will only get one more card for each hand if you decide to split them.
The standard payout on a winning hand is 1-to-1. If you are dealt a Blackjack (an Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King), the standard payout is 3-to-2.
Any card total that exceeds 21 is an automatic losing hand. If you match the dealer’s total of 21 or less, the hand is considered to be a PUSH and your wager is returned. The dealer will stand on 17 and above and they will draw another card on 16 or lower. The dealer will draw on a soft 17 (this is when the dealer has an ace and a six).
When the dealer’s up card is an ace, you will have the option to buy insurance against Blackjack, which is equal to half your original bet. If the dealer does have Blackjack, the payout is 2-to-1 in your favor.
As mentioned, many of the rules for playing online blackjack are the same as any standard land-based casino. However, it is always recommended that you consult the rules section of any online venue where you will be playing the game.
Posted April 27th, 2019
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