How to Play:
In The Virtual Casino version of online European Blackjack, the dealer is only dealt one card face up while the player gets two cards face up. The dealer waits for the player to stand before being dealt his second card. To win a hand, the player's hand must be valued greater than the dealers at the end of the game. Your goal is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. During the game you will have the option to hit or stand, double or split, during your turn, as long as the value of your hand has not exceeded 21. If the value of your hand exceeds 21, you lose or "bust". If your hand and the dealer's are of equal values once all players have either won their hand, stood, or busted, this is called a push. In such case, the player's bet will be void and his/her money will be returned.
Once at the table of European Blackjack, you will see in front of you 5 casino chips laid out on the table's border. The value of each of the chips is $1, $5, $25, $100, and $500. Depending on the size of your playable bankroll, you will be able to select the amount you would like to bet on each hand just by clicking on those chips. If you would like to bet $70 on your next hand, you would simply click the $25 chip twice, and then click the $5 chip 4 times to bring the total chip count placed in the betting (ante) box to $70. You can remove your chips from your bet by simply clicking on the chips already placed in the betting box and they will be removed and placed back in your bankroll.
(NOTE: you can only remove chips from your bankroll before you have dealt the hand. Once the deal starts, all bets are final.)
There are 5 circular control buttons below the table that are labeled Split, Double, Stand, Hit, and Deal. Below is a brief description of what will happen when you use, and when to use, each of these buttons.
Split: You can split your cards any time when the values of your first two cards dealt are of equal value. Once you split, each of your two matching cards will be separated and you will be dealt two more cards, one on top of each of the other matching cards. Your wager amount will be doubled (the game will automatically move an amount equal to your initial ante from your bankroll to the table) and you will now have two playable hands in front of you. You can then play each hand as a normal Blackjack hand, hitting and standing, unless the cards split were Aces. In that case, you will only be allowed one hit before the game will automatically move on.
Double: Unlike standard Blackjack, in European Blackjack you can only double once with hard values of 9-11.
Stand: To stand, or stay, means that you are ready to play the hand you are holding. Once you stand on a hand, you will not be allowed any other options and your hand will remain in play as is, awaiting the final results of the table for that game.
Hit: When you press hit you are asking the dealer for another card to be dealt to you.
Deal: Press this button to initiate each game of European Blackjack. Once the deal button is pressed, the game has started and all bets are on.
Insurance: You will be offered this option whenever the dealer is showing an Ace as his face-up card at the point of the deal. If you decide to take the insurance bet, you are betting another half the value of your ante that the dealer will have Blackjack (21). If you win the bet and the dealer does have Blackjack, you will double your insurance bet and lose your initial ante, making the total result a push. If you are wrong and the dealer does not have Blackjack, you will lose the insurance bet and continue to play with your ante still on the table.
Rules Tab: This tab will display the basic rules of the game. The rules button is displayed on the left-hand side of the table.
Cashier Button: This button will take you to the casino cashier where you can make your deposits, request withdrawals, redeem bonus coupons and view your account history.
Menu Button: From here you can choose your preferences for the game in regards to view, sound and card speed, and also allow you to view your account history directly from the game screen.
Help: The help button will take you to the RTG European Blackjack page where you will be able to find the basic rules of the game along with Payouts and Point Values.
Back: The back button will send you back to the Virtual Casino Lobby and allow you to choose another game to play.
Blackjack Tip 1: Following house rules will help you better your odds. The dealer will never make any additional bets such as doubling, splitting or insurance. The dealer will always stand on a hand of 17 or better and hit on a hand of 16 or lower. If you follow these same rules, you keep the edge to a minimum and increase your chances of being successful at the game.
Blackjack Tip 2: Never split 10's in European Blackjack. The risk is much greater than the possible reward.
Blackjack Tip 3: Always double down with a Blackjack hand of 10 when dealer is showing a 9 or lower and always double down with a hand of 11, no matter what card the dealer is showing. This bet is the key bet that will get you walking away from the European Blackjack table a winner.
Blackjack Pays 3:2
Insurance Pays 2:1
Dealer must hit with soft 17
Double any two cards
1 card dealt on split Aces