How To Play Blackjack UK
Updated on 20th August 2020
So, how do you play Blackjack in the UK? It’s a common question - largely because it’s one of the most popular casino games, particularly for those new to table games and it can seem quite overwhelming at first. Spoiler alert: it’s really not that difficult!
Whether you’re a bit of an online casino newbie or a land-based casino games veteran, a beginner’s guide can be a great way to get a good understanding of how to play Blackjack - or even to refresh your memory a little. That’s why we’ve written up a little how-to guide to get you on your way including some little tidbits that we hope will help you out. That way, if you decide to start playing our live Blackjack you’ll be comfortable alongside our live casino dealers.
If you want to know how to play Blackjack UK then get settled in with a nice cuppa and have a read through our guide. Once you’re comfortable with the rules and gameplay you’ll be ready to head over to our live casino section to put your new-found knowledge to work. Enjoy!
Basic Blackjack UK Rules
The dealer will give you 2 cards (and deal 2 for themselves) with a single card facing upwards. The goal, quite simply, is for your 2 cards to add up to 21 - or as close to 21 as possible in order to beat the dealer.
Look at the dealer’s upward-facing card; what do you think this will add up to when combined with another card? You need to decide whether you want to stick with your own hand, hit, surrender, double down, or split (don’t worry; more on that later).
You’ll win a hand of Blackjack against the dealer if you make 21 and the dealer does not, the dealer busts, or you finish up with a value closer to 21 than the dealer.
Not as complicated as you thought, right? It’s really that simple to learn how to play Blackjack! Let’s go a little more in-depth to give you a better idea of the game.
Blackjack Hand Rules
While the gameplay is fairly simple, the rules of Blackjack can be complicated until you get your head around what hands are worth. Like most things, it just takes a bit of time to figure out, but we’ve got you covered! See below for an explanation of what you can do with your cards. Your pals will be wondering where you got your casino skills from in no time...
Hit: In Blackjack, you would yell ‘Hit’ if you want another card from the dealer. Obviously when you’re playing online, yelling it at your computer won’t do much, so press the relevant button and you’ll receive another card. Remember: the aim of the game is to make 21 or get as close as you can without busting (going over 21). If your current hand is quite low and it’s unlikely your next card will send you over 21 then it’s probably a good idea to Hit.
Stand: Choosing to ‘Stand’ would tell the dealer that you’re happy with the cards you have and don’t want to receive another; this would submit the current hand as your final one. If your hand totals a high number and you think there’s a good chance another card will send you over 21 you may want to Stand.
Split: If you’re dealt a pair of identically valued cards (e.g. you receive a pair of eights) then you can choose to Split. This will give you two separate hands, so you essentially get two bites of the apple. However, if you choose this option it will cost you the same bet value as your initial bet.
Double Down: Choosing to Double Down will allow you to double your bet - this will give you one draw card. When you’re playing online at Pink Casino this option will be presented at specific times when applicable. We also offer some live casino Blackjack variants that will also allow you to triple or even quadruple down.
Surrender: You don’t actually have to get your little white flag out; the Surrender rule in Blackjack allows you to forfeit your cards once the dealer has checked their own hand. You’ll lose half your original bet value, but this can be useful if you think continuing with gameplay is going to result in you losing your entire bet. Once you’ve drawn a card the Surrender option will no longer be available.
Further Blackjack Rules & Information
Card Values: What are cards worth in Blackjack, anyway? Before we get into this, let’s just get that pesky ‘Ace’ argument out the way; an Ace is worth 1 or 11. You choose. If the Ace is valued at 11 and you take another card it will automatically change to a value of 1 if it makes you go over 21. This is known as a ‘soft’ hand. Aces are pretty ace like that...
Picture cards are all worth a standard 10. Every other card is equal to its face value. In Blackjack, the suits of your cards have no meaning at all.
How to Bet in Blackjack
To set your bet you need to choose your chip value from the available menu. Once you’ve decided, click the box in front of your cards and this wager will be applied. With the Pink Casino offerings of Blackjack online and live Blackjack, you will feel like you’re part of the casino floor. The camera angles and gameplay lend their hand to some of the most talented gaming providers in the world which means you’ll never miss a beat.
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