Blackjack 21 online: How to play blackjack for beginners

Blackjack is the most widely played casino banking game in the world.
The object of  Blackjack 21 is that each participant attempts to beat the dealer by getting a count as close to 21 as possible, without going over 21.

Blackjack rules

  1. Each player starts with two cards, one card of the dealer is hidden until the end.
  2. The dealer will hit until his/her cards total 17 or higher.
  3. If you are dealt 21 from the start with Ace & 10/J/Q/K, you got a blackjack.
  4. You bust if you go over 21, and the dealer wins regardless of the dealer’s hand

Blackjack Card Values

Here are the blackjack card values used in most of the blackjack game variations:

Number cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) = their face value

J, Q, K = 10

Aces = either 1 or 11

Blackjack Terms

There are 6 ways you can play your hand:

Hit – Get more cards.

Stand – Hold your total and end your turn.

Double Down – If you have a hand total is equal to 10 or 11, you can double a bet. The dealer will deal you an additional card.

Split – Two cards initially dealt are pairs, you have the option to put out a second wager and split the two cards. Eaach card will become the first card on two new hands.

Surrender – If you don’t like your initial hand, you can give it up in exchange for half your original bet back.

Push – Keep your original bet, and ties your hand with the dealer. For instance, if you and the dealer both have 19, you push.


Other blackjack terms:

Blackjack: The best possible hand in blackjack with Ace + 10/J/Q/K

Bust: Going over 21. If you bust, you automatically lose.

Hard/Hard Hand: Any hand that doesn’t have an Ace that can count as “11”.  For example, “A” and “7” are hard 17.

Soft/Soft Hand: A hand that includes an ace valued at 11 instead of 1. For example, “A” and “6” are soft 17. 

Blackjack House Edge

The house edge in blackjack—— around 0.5% (if you use basic strategy).
The “0.5%” can go up or down based on your skill level or strategies. 

What is House Edge in Casino?

  •  A statistical way of measuring the casino’s advantage over the player.

When a game has a house edge of 5%, that means you’re expected to lose an average of 5% of your wager every time you bet.
For example: If you’re playing a game where you’re making 60 bets per hour, wagering $100 per bet, and you’re losing $5 per bet, you’re losing $300 per hour. 

On the other hand, if you’re playing Blackjack but with a house edge of only 0.5%, you’re only losing $30 per hour.
Since the house edge in blackjack is generally lower than the house edge for any other casino game, Blackjack is the quickest way to earn real money in Malaysian online casinos.

Blackjack deviation

There are 2 kinds of deviations: Playing Deviations and Betting Deviations.
They are never based on a hunch or a pattern of wins or losses.

Betting Deviations —— times when you will change your bet.
As the true count changes, the house edge changes.
When the casino has the edge, you will bet less;
On the other hand, the edge moves to the player,  the player will bet more. 

Playing Deviations —— times where you will deviate from basic strategy.
As the composition of the cards has changed due to the true count changing.

Blackjack Basic Strategy

Memorize the right way to hit, stand, split and double down your hand, so as to cut the house edge from 1-2% to 0.5 %. 

  1. Stand when your hand is 12-16 when the dealer has 2-6. 
  2. Hit or double Aces-6
  3. Hit when your hand is 12-16 when the dealer has 7-Ace
  4. Double 11 versus the dealer’s 2-10
  5. Always split Aces and 8s

Do or Don’t for beginners

Do: Don’t:
Start with small wager  Don’t play insurance unless you’re counting cards
Check the dealer’s up card before you take any action Don’t buy into gambler’s myths or decisions
Don’t get burned. Set a Loss limit

Basic Blackjack Strategy Chart

The strategy chart tell you what to do given the value of your hand and the card the dealer is showing.

Interpret the strategy tables
These simple phrases might help beginners commit these rules to memory. 


  • 16 surrenders against dealer 9/10/Ace,
    15 surrenders against dealer 10,
    (revert to hard totals) otherwise don’t surrender.


  • Always split aces.
  • Never split tens.
  • A pair of 9’s splits against dealer 2-9, except for 7, otherwise stand.
  • Always split 8’s
  • A pair of 7’s splits against dealer 2-7, otherwise hit.
  • A pair of 6’s splits against dealer 2-6, otherwise hit.
  • A pair of 5’s doubles against dealer 2-9, otherwise hit.
  • A pair of 4’s splits against dealer 5 and 6, otherwise hit.
  • A pair of 3’s splits against dealer 2-7, otherwise hit.
  • A pair of 2’s splits against dealer 2-7, otherwise hit.

Soft totals: Any hand that has an Ace as one of the first two cards, the ace counts as 11 to start.

  • Soft 20 (A,9) always stands.
  • Soft 19 (A,8) doubles against dealer 6, otherwise stand.
  • Soft 18 (A,7) doubles against dealer 2-6, and hits against 9 through Ace, otherwise stand.
  • Soft 17 (A,6), Soft 16 (A,5), Soft 15 (A,4)  doubles against dealer 3-6, otherwise hit.
  • Soft 14 (A,3) and Soft 13 (A,2) doubles against dealer 5-6, otherwise hit.

Hard totals: A hard total is any hand that does not start with an ace in it, or it has been dealt an ace that can only be counted as 1 instead of 11.

  • 17 and up always stands.
  • 13-16stands against dealer 2-6, otherwise hit.
  • 12 stands against dealer 4-6, otherwise hit.
  • 11 always doubles.
  • 10 doubles against dealer 2-9 otherwise hit.
  • 9 doubles against dealer 3-6 otherwise hit.
  • 8 always hits.

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