Online blackjack is a card game of skill and luck and the object is to draw a hand higher than that of the dealer's without going over the total of 21. There are many versions of the game available at online casinos including progressive versions. Nevertheless, most games follow the basic rules of blackjack albeit with certain variations and casinos have extensive Help sections that explain the rules of the different games.
Most online blackjack games are styled to resemble a card table and some casinos have a dealer voice instructing players to place their bets. To play blackjack, the player places their wager and is dealt with two cards, face up. The dealer receives one card though in some variations he may receive a second card face down. If the player's cards total 21, they win. If not, they can keep adding cards until they get as close to a total of 21 as possible however, if the total goes beyond 21, the player goes 'Bust' and loses their wager.
Gaming options in blackjack include Hit where they take another card to get to a total of 21, Double Down where the player doubles the amount of the bet, picks one more card and stands, Split in which two of the same cards appear which can be split two separate hands and Surrender where a player surrenders half their bet. Some games offer Insurance where players wager an additional 50% of their original bet if a dealer's first card is an ace.
Blackjack variations include 21 Duel Blackjack where players play with 6 decks and 2 up side bets, Blackjack Surrender in which a player can surrender and keep half their wager, Lucky Blackjack which has a variety of combinations to choose from, Blackjack Switch which allows players to switch their top 2 cards, amongst others. Some blackjack variations have more significant rule changes, for example, in Double Exposure both of the dealer's cards are dealt face up. Many casinos also offer progressive versions of blackjack games which are won on a top wager and the Playtech version of progressive blackjack is currently worth over £44,000.