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What Blackjack Games Can I Play at Intertops Casino?

Blackjack is one of the best games to play at an online casino.  It is one of the most popular games of skill Intertops Casino offers!  In this article, we will talk about the variations of blackjack we offer here at Intertops and then we will talk about why blackjack at an online casino is so much better than blackjack at a land based casino.

21 Blackjack

This is standard blackjack.  All of the basic elements of blackjack are here.  So, it’s a good idea now to go over those basic blackjack elements.

The object for the player is to as close as possible to 21 points without going over that sum.  The player sees only one of the dealer’s cards.  In a version called Face Up the player sees both of the dealer’s cards.  That would certainly change the player’s strategy. 

The player in standard blackjack always plays first.  That means that if the player goes over 21 points, he or she immediately busts.  That means that they lose the hand regardless of what happens when the dealer plays her hand.

In standard blackjack, the player is given some opportunities to win more than his or her basic bet.  If the player feels that her hand is very strong, she can double down and receive one card only.

If the player has two cards of the same value, he can split them.  Then he adds the same bet he made before and plays the two hands as separate hands.

In some blackjack games players can surrender.  This means that the player feels that her hand is so weak that it pays to give up and lose half the ante bet than to play on and likely lose the entire bet.

In some standard blackjack games, the player can buy insurance if the dealer shows an ace.  This option is meant to protect the player against a blackjack in the dealer’s hand.

From the strategic point of view, the player’s action is always determined by their own point count and the dealer’s up card.

European Blackjack

This variation of blackjack has one very minor and two major differences with standard blackjack.  The minor difference is that dealer’s hole card is dealt only after the player plays.  This is the European way of blackjack but has no functional difference with the dealer getting a down card at the outset.

The two substantial differences may change the player’s strategy.  The dealer stands on soft 17 whereas the dealer hits on soft 17 in the standard game.  The other difference is that in European blackjack, the player can double down only with 9, 10, or 11 points.

We should point out that most statisticians feel that the dealer standing on soft 17 is to the player’s advantage.

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Super 21

This variation is for the gambler in us.  It follows standard blackjack rules but adds extra wins to special hands.

  • Diamond blackjack pays 2-1 instead of the standard 3-2.
  • You get 2-1 for a five-card 21.
  • You get another 2-1 win for a six-card 21.
  • You win automatically with any six-card hand.

Some gamers have discovered that the 2-1 payout for a blackjack in diamonds makes this a better option than even standard blackjack since you are never under any obligation to go for the five-card or six-card hands.

The Invaluable Strategy Card

It should be obvious that, after analyzing many hands, it should be possible to know on every hand what the players should do next.  The player has only a few options—hit, stand, double down, split, surrender, buy insurance—so again analyzing a few hands should render the best strategy in all cases.

In fact, computers have analyzed millions of hands and the results are available as strategy cards.   Every blackjack player should print a strategy card for the game they wish to play and should learn the card.

There are different ways to learn the strategy.  One is to learn the proper action for the player based on the dealer’s specific up card.  The other is to learn the strategy card based on your holding.

Many gamers look at the strategy card and say that it is too hard to learn.  These players try to play by instinct.  This is the less valuable approach to blackjack.  In fact, the feeling that the strategy card is too hard to learn is not true for most gamers.  It does, however, take some practice.  This is the first reason that it is better to play blackjack online at Intertops Casino Red over playing at a land based casino.

Online Blackjack or Land Based Blackjack: Advantage Online

When you are learning the strategy card, you will naturally think about your next move.  At a land based casino, the other gamers may be impatient waiting for you to make up your mind.

At a land based casino, you will probably find at least one player who blames you for them losing the hand since, if you follow the strategy card, you will make some plays that are counter-intuitive.

Also, when you are learning the game and how to use the strategy card, you can play online for free.  You’ll never be able to pay for free at a land based casino and at some land based casinos, the table with the lowest minimum bet might be too expensive for your bankroll.

A lot of gamers who want to play at the $2 table find to their dismay that the casino they are in doesn’t allow a $2 minimum bet!

Never Give up Your Seat

Ay Intertops Casino, you can go from blackjack variation to blackjack variation without giving up your seat.  You can also use the flexibility of one seat fits all gaming at Intertops Casino Red to play some blackjack, spin a few slots, and take some time out every day to help out our old friend Banana Jones.

At this point we would like to extend the heartfelt wishes of the entire Intertops Casino family for a complete recovery for all those who have been taken ill by the virus.  We hope everyone gets back on their feet soon.

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