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Once upon a time, live online gambling for real money was only a dream and brick and mortar casinos ruled the Earth. But in the late 90s Internet casinos took off like a rocket, with online blackjack as one of the most popular card games available. To this day, a massive amount of players sign in to Ignition Casino to play blackjack online. And the reason is clear:

If you want a small house edge when playing your games – if you want to play a casino card game that gives you the biggest chance to walk away a winner when gambling – there’s not really any better game than blackjack.

Ignition Online Blackjack has the Best House Edge

The best online blackjack casinos keep the house edge small with favorable rules (which we’ll cover below), but players have to do their part, too. Playing with smart strategy is required if you want to reduce the house edge in the casino to a minimal level and make the most money. When you follow optimal strategy, the house edge is around 0.53% for six-deck blackjack, 0.076% for single deck, and 0.23% for double deck.  

If you’re in the mood to play online blackjack live, but you also want to win while gambling, this is just about the best house edge you can encounter at any casino. 

Online Blackjack Rules

Not familiar with the rules of playing online blackjack? Here’s a quick refresher on some of the basics of the game to help you maximize your money.

The basic goal when you play live online blackjack games is to get a hand that adds up to a number that is as close to 21 as you can get without going over, or “busting.” This gives you the best chance of getting a higher score than the dealer, who is trying to do the same thing.

Once you get dealt your two cards by the casino, your basic choice is to take a “hit” (i.e. get dealt another card) or to stand (say that you are done taking cards). There are a few other actions to be aware of, however.

Splitting – when you get a pair, you can split it up into two hands. This provides a big advantage in your games if you know when to do it. Make like a lumberjack and split those aces and 8s to win more!

Insurance – when the dealer has an ace, you can buy “insurance” against a blackjack. It pays $2 for each dollar of real money you bet if the dealer flips over their second card and shows 21 total.

Surrender – you can quit a hand after the dealer checks the face down card in their hand for blackjack. Half your bet goes to the house, but you’re saved any further losses if you think you’ve got unfavorable cards.

A few other rules to keep in mind for a successful gambling session:

When you play the six-deck version of online blackjack at our casino, the cards are reshuffled after each hand to prevent card counting. And like many of the best online blackjack spots online, we offer a 3:2 payout when you’re dealt a blackjack in your first two cards.

Let’s talk about winning your games and making money.

Play Optimal Online Blackjack Strategy

The best online blackjack strategy at any casino depends on which online blackjack game variation you’re playing. Double deck blackjack has a very small house edge, so it’s one of the most rewarding games to help you learn to play blackjack online.

There are tables that show which action to take when you play, but if you’re not a fan of memorizing charts and just want to get some live casino gambling action that makes you money, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind. At Ignition Casino, the double deck blackjack dealer stands on a soft 17, doubles after a split, and does not allow surrender. 

So, what do you do after cards are shuffled and dealt to maximize your chance of a win?

  • Stand on a hard 17, no matter what else happens in the game. 
  • Also, for your aces and eights, you need to split to mitigate the disadvantage you’re at when you get dealt those cards. 
  • And if you see an eleven, double it. 

Happy playing, and keep that house edge low in your games by using smart blackjack strategy!