Blackjack has a long and proud heritage, so it’s the perfect game to play at River Belle Online Casino! It’s based on a French game called Vingt-et-Un, or Twenty-One, and often still goes by that name. First played in the homes of European nobility, Blackjack is much less exclusive today but no less sophisticated, and players all over Canada and the rest of the world love it!
Blackjack is still often called Twenty-One because the aim of any Blackjack game is to reach a hand total of 21, or as close to that as possible, without going any higher. The game’s aim is actually two fold however, and as you aim for 21, you’ll also need to ensure you beat the dealer’s hand too! To start the round after you’ve placed your bets, you’re given a hand of 2 cards, as is the Dealer. Number cards are worth their face value, royal cards are worth 10 and aces are worth 11 or 1, depending on what is better for your particular hand.
Once you’ve seen your cards and the single face-up card of the Dealer, you need to decide on your next more. You can Hit, and get another card, or Double Down and bet twice your original wager as you get dealt another card. If you have a Pair you can Split them into 2 new hands, and get a card for each of these. When you’re happy with your hand, it’s time to Stand and end your turn. At the end of the round, you and the Dealer will reveal your hands. You win 1:1 if your hand total is higher than the Dealer’s but still under 21, or if your hand total is under 21 and the Dealer’s is over. The best hand is Blackjack, or 21 on the dot, which gets you an eye-watering 3:2 payout!
Different Blackjack Versions
Being such a popular game around the world, many different variations of Blackjack have arisen over the years. There are some great versions to try at River Belle, and each one offers something special! You can also practice playing Blackjack with us for free, investing nothing but your time, or join us in exciting multiplayer tournaments.
The free games are a good way to build up skill and confidence before you put any of your own hard-earned greenbacks down on a game! However you play Blackjack and whichever version you choose, you’re going to love the blend of chance and strategic planning that the game offers. Sign up at River Belle and start developing your Blackjack skills today, via downloaded, instant-play, free, real money, mobile or online games!