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Blackjack for Australian Players

Like a lot of other online casino games, blackjack involves a confrontation of sorts between the player (that's you) and the house. In that way it is very much like it is played in a land-based casino. What's interesting about blackjack is that even though when it is played online it involves an awful lot of luck, there is a certain element of skill as well, because the simple fact is that the player will stand much less of a chance at success if he or she does not play well.

If you want to talk about a "standard" version of blackjack, meaning one that is similar to that played on the Las Vegas strip, the player is dealt two cards, face-up, while the dealer (the house) gets two cards as well, one face-up and one face-down. So the player is in a position of not knowing what kind of hand the house really has.

It is with this knowledge, or lack of same, that the player must make a decision. And there are a number of different decisions that can be made. The player can, for example, hit the hand and take additional cards; stand on the hand, satisfied with the to-card total; "double" the hand, which would require doubling the bet and then taking ONE hit to the hand, or split the cards if they are a pair.

The objective, of course, is to get as close to a two-card total of 21 as possible, without going over that total. Or, to stay under the total of 21 while the dealer goes over.

Other rules are in place that might dictate what you do. When the house has the possibility of making a 21 with just two cards, the player is given the option of taking something called "insurance," which mandates that half of the original bet is put in front of that bet. If the dealer does indeed have 21 when the so-called "hole card" is revealed, the insurance that will pay off at 2-to-1 odds. There are certain other rules variations that may differ from one game to another. For example, some versions of blackjack allow the player to double down on any two cards that they are dealt, while others might require that the hand be a two-card total of 9, 10 or 11. Doubling after splitting a hand is also something that is usually offered, but not always.

The general rule is that the dealer must hit any hand that totals 16 or less and stand on any hand that totals 17 or greater. So as you can see, while the player is not really under any restrictions as to whether to hit or stand on those totals, the house has to act within these strict rules.

Whether it is in the land-based casino or the online version, are well-advised to learn something called the Basic Strategy, which is a set of decisions that cover any and all player versus dealer situations. When using this strategy, the player is making the most mathematically correct play in any given situation.

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