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The Finest Blackjack Online in New Zealand

Blackjack is a firm player favourite here at Royal Vegas Casino. Blackjack rules are simple to learn so beginners can easily get in on the action, while advanced players can spend years working on their blackjack strategy and never get tired of the game. Many table games such as roulette are purely based on chance, but the odds of blackjack favour skilled players. The more skilled you become, the more fun it is to play blackjack online. Royal Vegas New Zealand offers a safe, secure environment for you to practice your skills on a broad range of mobile-optimised blackjack variants, including live dealer blackjack games.

The rules of blackjack

Here’s a little primer if you’re completely new to the game. Your goal is to beat the dealer by building a hand of cards that’s closer to 21 than their hand. Players at the table place their initial bets, then the dealer deals every player a card face up and gets a face up card too. The process repeats but the dealer’s second card is face down. Then, starting from the dealer’s immediate left, players decide whether to hit (ask for another card) or stand (stick with the cards they have). If your first two cards equal 21, it’s “blackjack” and you get a 3:2 payout. If your hand exceeds 21, you go bust. When every player has had their turn, the dealer turns their down card up. If the dealer’s hand is lower than 16, they’re forced to hit. It it’s 17 or higher, they’re forced to stand. If the dealer’s hand is the highest, players lose their bets. If nobody wins, bets are pushed to the next round.

Single-player blackjack

If you’re looking for some quiet one on one action against a dealer that never makes mistakes, then single-player blackjack games at Royal Vegas Casino are just for you. Try out different blackjack variants including multi-hand options at your own pace in authentic casino environments created by Microgaming, the casino software titan created the first online casino games in 1994 and launched the first mobile casino software in 2004. Microgaming has set the standard for quality and innovation ever since, with titles like ReDeal Blackjack, where you get to switch out your cards if you’re dealt a dud hand.

What single-player blackjack games are popular at Royal Vegas New Zealand?

  • Multi-hand Blackjack: Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Spanish 21 Blackjack
  • Single hand Blackjack: Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack and Vegas Strip Blackjack
  • Gold Series Blackjack: Vegas Strip Blackjack Gold, Multi-hand Big Five Blackjack Gold and Multi-hand Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold.

Live casino blackjack

Players looking for an online blackjack experience with a social dimension will certainly enjoy live blackjack. Here you can take a virtual seat at a real blackjack table run by a professional live dealer in a casino studio. The gaming interface offers a choice of table views, live chat with other players and a button for you to review your gaming history. Standard blackjack rules apply, and you can also take out side bets such as 21 + 3 and Perfect Pairs. For added variety, there are also variants exclusive to the live casino setting. Infinite Blackjack, for instance, plays out at blackjack table with an unlimited number of players. Lightning Blackjack entertains with dazzling special effects and rewards winning hands with guaranteed multipliers of up to 25x your bet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is card counting in blackjack?

Card counting is a skill players use to keep track of how many high and low cards are left in the dealers’ deck. Successful card counters will raise their bets when they know the odds are favourable. It’s possible to count cards in a blackjack casino online but it’s difficult. RNG blackjack games shuffle the cards each deal and live blackjack is played with eight decks.

How does dealing work in live blackjack online?

Dealing in live blackjack is the same as at a traditional blackjack table. The dealer shuffles the cards with an automatic shuffler and deals one up card to each player from left to right followed by one up card to the dealer. One more up card is dealt to each player, followed by a down card to the dealer.

How do you win at blackjack?

To win at blackjack, your blackjack card values have to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s. If your first two cards at up to 21, it’s blackjack and you win a payout of 3:2. You can also win money on side bets like 21 + 3 and Perfect Pairs.

How do you play blackjack?

After the dealer deals out the cards, players have to decide whether to hit (be dealt another card) or stand (stick with the cards they’ve got). If you hit and your blackjack card values exceed 21, you’re bust. Once every player has had their turn, the dealer turns their face down card face up. If the dealer’s hand is 16 or less, they have to hit. If it’s 17 or more, they have to stand.

What is doubling down when you’re playing blackjack?

Doubling down is a special blackjack bet that allows you to double your initial bet. The dealer then deals you one more card and you have to stand.

When should you double down in blackjack?

You should double down in three situations: when you have hard 9 (9 without an ace) and the dealer’s up card is 2-6, when you have hard 10 or 11 and the dealer’s up card is lower, and when your first two cards are 2 and 8, 2 and 9, 3 and 7, 3 and 8, 4 and 6, 4 and 7, 5 and 5 or 5 and 6 and the dealer’s card is lower.

What is blackjack insurance?

Blackjack insurance is a side bet that the dealer offers if their up card is an ace, as insurance against their hand being blackjack. Blackjack insurance bets pay out at 2:1.

When should you split in blackjack?

Conventional wisdom says that you should always split aces and 8s. Advanced players will split according to their personal blackjack strategy.

When should you hit in blackjack?

You should hit when you have a good chance of improving your hand without going bust. It’s common to hit on 8 or less and stand on 12 or more. Never hit if your hand is worth 17 or more.