Online Poker is one of the simplest, most well established and popular online poker gambling games- it plays in exactly the same way as regular casino blackjack where players play against the dealer, not each other, cards are dealt face up and the holy grail of a hand is the blackjack or 21 made up of an ace and a face card
A brief history of online poker from the casino floor to online
Poker hasn’t always been so popular but today its one of the most popular online and offline casino games. Here’s a background to the game:
Poker’s precursor was vingt-et-un (“twenty-one”), which originated in French casinos around 1700, and did not offer the 3:2 bonus for a two-card 21.
When poker was first introduced in the United States it was not very popular, so gambling houses tried offering various bonuses to get the players into poker.
One of these bonuses was a 10-to-1 payout if the player’s hand had the ace of spades and a black Jack (either the Jack of clubs or the Jack of spades). This hand was called a “blackjack” and the name stuck to the game even though the bonus was soon abolished.
For more information about the history of blackjack see Wikipedia
Playing Poker online- Play by the rules
One of the best things about the online casino and what makes games like blackjack so popular online is that you can play at your own pace and learn the rules as you go along without the pressure of the noise and lights of the real casino floor. Here’s a quick guide to the rules of online poker:
In online blackjack you will be dealt cards by the dealer, the dealer will also deal themselves 2 cards.
The dealer must continue to take cards until they reach 17 or more.
Once the dealer gets to 17 or more they must stop, irrespective of the hand that the player has.
Blackjack is called when the player or dealer has an ace and a ten-value card including the Jack, Queen and King.
If you get blackjack the casino will pay you 3 to 2
Aces can count for 1 or 11
Players can double their stakes at online blackjack if the first two cards total 9, 10 or 11 (this is named the “double down”).
Get 2 cards of the same value and you can split your bets doubling the chances of winning- but only if you have 2 good cards!
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