Online Blackjack Guide

Blackjack is one of the most popular card games and most popular casino games in the world. Offering fantastic rewards, this game of skill and luck pits players against dealers in online casinos throughout Malaysia, and there are games out there waiting for you to join in.

On this page, the team at Online Casinos Malaysia has combined all of our tips, tricks, advice and reviews to help you to find the best blackjack game online and help you get to grips with the rules.

Take a look through this page to find out more about this classic casino game, then take to the tables and prove your skill online.

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How to Play Online Blackjack

No doubt contributing to its popularity, blackjack is a simple game to pick up with rules that are easy to learn even for newcomers to gambling and card games.

Here’s our beginner’s guide to playing blackjack online:

  • Betting: A simple first step – choose how much to wager on the upcoming game. Some online casinos will let you play ‘Multi-Hand Blackjack’, in which case you can bet on more than one hand at a time.
  • The Deal: Both you and the dealer will be given two cards. In blackjack, every card has a value with 2-10 being worth their number, Jack, Queen and King as 10s and Aces as 1 or 11.
  • Your Hand: The aim of the game is to have the value of your cards reach 21, or as close to 21 as possible – going over 21 is called ‘bust’. You can now decide to ‘hit’ and be dealt another card, or ‘stand’ and stick with the cards you’ve got. Once you’ve finished, the dealer plays through the same process.
  • Winning and Losing: At the end of the game whichever player is closest to 21 without having gone bust is the winner – pretty simple!

Types of Online Blackjack

As with many casino games, there are several varieties of blackjack for players to choose from. Developed in different parts of the world over the years, these different forms of the game all use slightly different sets of rules and offer players different challenges and rewards.

Below are explanations of some of the forms of blackjack you’re likely to encounter online. Always make sure that you check which type of game you’ll be playing before you start, and familiarise yourself with the rules every time.

Pontoon – In this game, the dealer reaching 21 does not equal a loss for other players as it does in other forms of blackjack. Some other rules apply to players too, including extra bonus prizes for winning with a ‘Pontoon’ hand – an Ace and a Face Card.

Blackjack Switch – This game allows players to play with two hands at once, speeding up play.

European Blackjack – One of the dealer’s starting cards is played face down and the dealer doesn’t automatically win if they are dealt 21.

Spanish 21 – A Spanish deck holds only 48 cards – numbers 2-9 plus Face Cards and Aces. Extra bonuses apply for players being dealt certain combinations of cards.

Glossary: Common Blackjack Terms

Blackjack is a simple game, but it still has plenty of its own lingo and jargon for you to pick up. Here are some of the most common words and phrases you’ll hear when playing – remember these to give yourself the edge over the dealer.

Bust: If the cards in your hand add up to more than 21, you’re bust.

Double down: Once your hand has been dealt you can ‘double down’ to put on a second bet and draw an extra card.

Even money: When the dealer has an ace and the player has blackjack, the player can take even money odd back on their bet.

Face-Down Game: A game of blackjack where the first two cards are dealt face down.

Five Card Charlie: When you reach five cards without going bust.

Heads Up: A game where the dealer is facing a single player.

Hit: Asking the dealer for another card.

Hole card: The dealer’s second card, usually played face down.

Pitch game: A game of blackjack played using one or two decks.

Push: When a player and the dealer have the same total score in their hands.

Stand: When a player decides to stick with the cards they’ve already been dealt.

Surrender: To concede the game and get back half of your original bet.

Third base: The player sitting to the dealer’s right.

Playing Free Blackjack Online

Whether you’re new to blackjack and want some risk-free practice, or you’re looking to unwind with a few games that won’t cost you any money, free blackjack games online are a great alternative to real-money games.

Many online casinos in Malaysia offer free games of blackjack, including games of all the different varieties of blackjack too. Take a look around the website of your favourite casino to find their free games, and hit the tables to practice, unwind and get your head around the rules.

FAQs

Is online blackjack the same as the real-world game?

The rules of online blackjack are exactly the same as the game played in any casino around the world. Instead of a dealer shuffling cards, random number generators are used to deal cards – but there’s no noticeable or practical difference between the two.

Can I play online blackjack on my phone?

You can – many casino websites either support mobile browsers or offer an app to allow you to access their games. Using these apps you can play your favourite games on your phone or tablet wherever you have access to the internet.

Can I play with live dealers?

Modern video streaming technology means that it’s now possible to play online games featuring real, live dealers – and blackjack is no exception. These games offer live chat with dealers and other players, giving you the same experience as a real casino.

How often are ‘cards’ shuffled in online games?

In online casino games, just as at real-world blackjack tables, cards are shuffled after every hand.

The number of decks in play isn’t consistent across all casinos, however. Take a look at the game information and through the casino’s FAQs to see whether the decks they use offer you an advantage or not.