Free Online Blackjack Practice: Hone Your Skills

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If you’re looking to brush up on your online blackjack knowledge, or if you’re looking to learn how to play, you’ve come to the right place.

Blackjack is, in my humble opinion, one of the easiest casino card games to learn. The rules are simple: beat the dealer by getting the higher hand total without going over 21. The gameplay is quick and to do well, you just have to rely on luck and know when to walk away.

If you’re new to the game and want to dive into the rules, we have a handy-dandy comprehensive guide on how to play blackjack online that walks you through everything. Otherwise, read on for some helpful tips and tricks for stepping up your strategy to play online blackjack for real money.

How do I Gain an Advantage While Playing

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How do you gain an advantage playing blackjack?


The simple answer: practice. The more familiar you are with the rules of blackjack, and the more comfortable you are playing, the better you’ll play — and while it’s nice to earn money for winning, you can practice blackjack without spending a dime.

Knowing when to hit, stand, double down, and split are the four main things you should familiarize yourself with. As a general rule, you should hit if your cards total 14 or less, and stand if your cards total 15 or more. There are also a number of other strategies that you can study up on that may help you play better.

The most important thing to help you gain an advantage is knowing when to walk away. Don’t chase your losses, or you might wind up losing even more. If you nab a big win it’s easy to feel elated and confident, but you may be better off just cashing out and calling it a day. Would you rather walk away with some money or no money?

Is Online Blackjack a Scam?

Not at all! If you’re playing at a reputable, safe online casino, there is no way for the casino to cheat. All online casinos are required to be regularly audited by a third party to ensure fairness for both the player and the casino.

This includes making sure that all games use a Random Number Generator (RNG) and that they are operating properly. RNGs help ensure the results of any game are truly random, so the casino isn’t able to pull any stunts to make you lose more often.

How do you Count Cards in Blackjack?

It’s a little tougher to count cards playing online blackjack, but it is possible! (We also have a guide on card counting if you want to learn more.)

Contrary to rumors, card counting is not illegal. It’s highly frowned upon in some land-based casinos and might get you kicked out, but there’s no way for an online casino to know if you’re counting cards, so go nuts if you want to.

Card counting is exactly what it sounds like — counting the cards that have already been played in order to keep track of the cards left to be played. RNGs make it more difficult to count cards online; most online casinos have their RNGs shuffle the cards after every hand, so it’s hard to keep track of cards. Card counting is much easier in live dealer blackjack games, where a real human is shuffling the cards.

If you want to try learning how to count cards, a very basic blackjack strategy you can start with is called the Hi-Lo Strategy. You’ll assign each card a value of +1, 0, or -1: 2-6 are +1, 7-9 are 0, and 10-K and Ace are -1. Keep a mental note of the cards’ value and what your total is as the cards are dealt.

For example: if you’re dealt a queen (-1) and a 4 (+1), together they total 0.

This strategy helps you keep track of which cards have already been dealt by keeping track of their totals. Once you get the hang of this, you can move on to more advanced card counting strategies to really step your game up.

If you feel like you still need some more practice, we have a great free online blackjack real money game you can play! Try out some new strategies, or just play for fun until you’re ready to play for real money.

James Guill

James Guill is a former professional poker player who writes fro about poker, sports, casinos, gaming legislation and the online gambling industry in general. His past experience includes working with IveyPoker, PokerNews, PokerJunkie, Bwin, and the Ongame Network. From 2006-2009 he participated in multiple tournaments including the 37th and 38th World Series of Poker (WSOP). James lives in Virgina and he has a side business where he picks and sells vintage and antique items.

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