Before diving deeper into BlackJack rules that are necessary both in theory and in practice, while playing from home at the Online Casinos available on, a reference about the game’s name origin is worth your while.

A throwback to the 19th century North America, when “21” was not a widespread game, will provide us with the necessary information. In an attempt to draw more players, certain casinos offered a special bet for bigger gains; a 21-point hand made up of either of the black jacks (the Jack of Spades or that of Clubs) plus the Ace of Spades. This hand was called a “Blackjack”, and the name stuck to the game to this day.

How to play BlackJack

To begin with, let’s follow step by step the BlackJack Rules of Play. Blackjack is usually played with 4 to 6 standard 52-card decks shuffled together. The 2-10 cards are worth their number value. Face cards (Jack, Queen and King, Ed.), on the other hand, are worth 10 and the ace counts as 1 or 11, depending on the player’s liking.

The goal of the game is for the player to beat the dealer’s hand (or house). So, each player needs to accumulate a higher card total than the dealer. This total, however, cannot exceed 21. If either the player or the dealer exceed 21, they bust, i.e. they lose. If the player and the dealer tie, you neither win your bet nor lose.

In practice, there are 7 boxes with 3 positions (for three players); the player who has placed a bet in the first base position “speaks” (decides) in the box. Bets are placed in the special spots (betting boxes) before any card is turned over. Two cards are dealt to each box and one to the dealer. After cards are dealt, NO bets can be added unless there is a split or a double down.

Definition of Split: Separating two identical cards and playing them in two boxes. On an ace split, only one additional card is drawn and it cannot be a blackjack, only a 21.

Definition of Double down: With cards worth from 2 to 11 points, the player may double his bet and be dealt one additional card.

In both cases described above, the original bet may be changed. However, only the value of the original bet may be placed. There are four standard options: a) request another card (hit), b) request no more cards (stand), c) double your bet (double), d) split (separate two identical cards).