Once you understand the basics of how to play blackjack online, there is some terminology that you may need to familiarise yourself with.
Once your two cards have been dealt, you can choose to take another card (or more than one) to get as close to 21 as possible. With Hit, you’re asking for an extra card.
When you think your two cards (or additional cards requested) are good enough to beat the dealer, or are as close to 21 as you can get without going over, you will Stand and no more cards will be dealt to you.
Should the total of the cards received be more than 21, you will Bust and therefore lose the round.
If your first two cards are a face card (Jack, King or Queen) and an Ace, this is known as Blackjack and, in most blackjack games, will pay out double the bet.
When your and the dealer’s hands are the same total, no one wins the game – this is known as Push, and the bet will be carried over to the next game.
In most games, if your first two hands add up to 11, you have the choice to Double Down, meaning that your bet will be doubled, however, you will only receive one more card. In other games, the Double Down option is available on the first two cards, no matter the total.
If your first two cards are of the same value (for example, two 3s, two Jacks, and so on), you will have the option to Split the two cards and therefore play two hands at the same time for double the bet.
Should the first card of the dealer be an Ace, there is a possibility that the next card may result in Blackjack, and you can therefore put Insurance on the hand for an extra bet. This pays 2:1, so even if the dealer does get Blackjack and you lose the game, you will still break even.