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Blackjack is the most popular casino game of them all, ranking above roulette, poker, and even slots. It’s a game that is stunningly simple. Nearly every Canadian knows how to play blackjack, and for many of us, it was the first “proper” card game we learned to play as small children.
Yet at the same time, if you play online blackjack at the casino, you can go ever deeper into the blackjack strategy, improving your winning rate and cutting the house edge to less than one percent.
How to play blackjack
We will take an in-depth look at blackjack rules elsewhere, but in brief, you play against the dealer and the winner is whoever scores closest to 21 without going over. You and the dealer are each dealt two cards – yours are face up and the dealer has one face up and one face down.
Choose to hit (get another card) or stand (don’t take any more cards) and get your total as close to 21 as you dare – go bust and it’s all over!
When you stand, it’s time for the dealer’s second card to be revealed. The dealer must stand on 17 or more. To win the game, you must either finish closer to 21 than the dealer or still be in the game when the dealer goes bust.
Playing blackjack at Refuel’s online casino in Canada gives you access to several variations of the game, as well as the chance to explore closely related card games such as online baccarat. Let’s take a look at some of the online blackjack games that are available.
- American blackjack is the “standard” game with which we are all familiar. It differs from European blackjack in that both the dealer’s and the player’s cards are dealt immediately. In the European version, the dealer’s second card is only dealt after the player has finished hitting and standing. That actually increases the house edge slightly, which is probably why American blackjack has become the standard version.
- Live blackjack involves a real dealer on a webcam and other players sitting around the virtual blackjack table. If you love the atmosphere of a real casino but want to play online blackjack from your PC or smartphone, this is the version you need to play!
- In multi-hand blackjack, you need to keep your wits about you as you will be playing up to five different hands all at the same time. If you’re confident in your game and have developed a winning blackjack strategy, it’s a great way to increase your winnings fast.
- Speaking of fast, things don’t get more frenzied than speed blackjack. This is a new version developed by the people at Evolution Gaming. The key difference between this and regular live blackjack is that instead of working through each player’s moves starting on the dealer’s left, whoever decides to hit or stand first gets to do so. It adds a sense of drama to the game, and is around 35 percent faster than traditional blackjack.
- Power blackjack is a relatively new variant to the traditional game, and another instant classic from Evolution Gaming. It adds the opportunity to “power double” which means to discard the first double down card dealt and get another, or to “power split” which means to split on 15. These two variations add complexity but play smart and they can significantly improve your chances of winning.
Keep a close eye on our new casino games page to be sure you don’t miss any new online blackjack releases!
Refuel Casino – the best place to play online blackjack
Because of its huge popularity, blackjack is a game that you will see at every Canadian online casino. At Refuel, however, we pride ourselves on offering the biggest range of online blackjack games and the simplest way to play them.
At Refuel there is no need to fill out long forms to register, just down to business!
Another reason so many people choose Refuel Casino over the rest is that this is the gaming site where even losers can be winners. In the event that you end up losing more than you win over the course of a week, we will give you an automatic cashback equal to 10% of your net losses on slots and several other selected games.
It’s quick, straightforward, simple, and fair. And unlike so many of the bonus offers and free giveaways advertised elsewhere in Canada, there are no catches and no wagering requirements.
At Refuel Casino, what you see is what you get, so come on in and enjoy the games!