Online Blackjack in New Jersey
Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games around the world and offers among the best odds of winning of any online casino game.
Nearly two dozen online casinos in New Jersey now offer online blackjack and many even offer live dealer blackjack, bringing the full casino experience into your living room. If you are physically located in New Jersey and are at least 21 years of age, you can sign up at one of the many online casinos in the state and start playing right from the comfort of your phone or computer.
Blackjack requires some combination of luck and skill but is one of the easier games to learn. It also offers some the best odds of any casino game, with a typical house edge of just 1%. That means you have a nearly 50-50 shot of beating the dealer on any given hand.
Here is a quick primer on how to play blackjack online and some quick tips to help you start winning.
Blackjack is a simple card game in which the player faces off against the dealer to get the hand closest to 21 without going over.
Each player and the dealer are dealt two cards, one of which is face up and one of which is face down. Numbered cards have face value while face cards all count as ten. Aces can either be valued as one or 11.
The goal is to get 21, or close to 21, without going over 21. Players have the option to “hit” and receive another card, or “stand” and keep the hand they have. Though you may be playing with other players, you are only trying to beat the dealer. While the player always has the option to “hit” or “stand,” the dealer must “hit” until he has 17 or more. Once he is at 17+, the dealer must stand (some casinos require the dealer to hit on a “soft 17;” when the dealer’s 17 includes an Ace). If you get 19 and the dealer gets 20, the dealer wins your bet.
If you are dealt a card valued at 10 and an ace, you get a natural blackjack, which typically pays out 3:2.
How to Play Blackjack
The basic rules are pretty easy but blackjack has more intricate bets depending on what cards are dealt.
Players can double down, which means doubling their bet to receive exactly one more card. This can be a good tactic to use when you have an 11 and need to draw a 10 to get 21.
Players can also split their hand if they have two cards of the same value. This can be useful if you have two aces, though if you split your aces you only get one more card for each hand and hitting 21 is not considered blackjack, so you won’t get the 3:2 payout.
Some games also allow you to surrender. This allows you to give up before the hand is played out and only lose half your bet. You can decide whether the hand if worth playing by looking at your hand and the one card the dealer is showing.
These rules may differ depending on the casino and the game you are playing but knowing when the dealer must hit and stand gives you a significant advantage when choosing what to do with your hand.