Blackjack is a casino favourite around the world, even mentioned in the classic novel Don Quixote by Cervantes, and this classic is most definitely beloved among New Zealand players. Since JackpotCity is committed to delivering the best pokies, Video Poker, Roulette and all other online casino games of every kind to the country’s players, it should come as no surprise that our online Blackjack games are the best you’re going to find!
Like all our games, the many online Blackjack variations that we offer are from Microgaming, the legendary developer that has won multiple awards for design, graphics and sound. Whichever version you’re enjoying at the time, you can be sure of authentic entertainment – as well as ample potential payouts.
Each different version of online Blackjack will grow your overall insight into the game, and you may well find it impossible to choose a favourite! They all provide a heady mix of suspense, thrills and strategy. Some are very faithful to the classic American and European game styles, while others add several innovative twists.
At JackpotCity Casino New Zealand players can choose from a huge selection of online Blackjack games, including:
Blackjack was first played by French aristocrats in the 18th century, in a version called Ving-et-Un which means Twenty-One. The game still often goes by that name today, since the objective in every version is to get a hand total of 21 or as close to that as possible without going any higher, while also beating the dealer’s hand.
Once you’ve seen your cards, you can decide what your best move is. Aces are worth 11 or 1 depending on what works best with the rest of the hand; royal cards are worth 10; and number cards are worth their stated value. The options of what you can do vary between Blackjack versions, but you can usually:
When playing online Blackjack, you start the round by placing your bet and are then dealt 2 face-up cards. The dealer also gets 2 cards, 1 of which is face-up. If you’re playing in the American style the dealer can check for Blackjack if their face-up card is an Ace or 10, while this is not possible in European-style games.
The intoxicating mix of chance and strategy makes online Blackjack exciting to play, and means you’ll get better as you keep practicing. Blackjack is a game of skill, and you can refine your strategy as you play and dramatically reduce the house edge. To get you started on your way to winning big we’ve provided a few basic pointers to help you out.
If your first 2 cards produce a hand of 17 or more and the dealer has a 7, you should Stand. The same is true if you have 12 or 13 when the dealer has 5 or 6, or 2 or 3, respectively. You should also always split Aces and 8s, and Double Down if you’re holding an Ace or a hand worth 10 or 11, and the dealer has anything except a 2.
When you’re ready for more of a challenge, you can try our Multi-Hand Blackjack games that allow you to bet on and play several separate hands at the same time. This allows you to try different strategies and wagers out at the same time, for easy comparison.
A superb table game that offers plenty of rich rewards, online Blackjack is exciting and invigorating. Take a seat at our virtual tables and see if you can beat the dealer to a hand of 21!