Information about blackjack games
Blackjack has been around for a long time.
Derived from a French medieval game called Vingt-Un, its rules have changed little over the years with players still aiming to find that elusive '21' combination.
Online blackjack games may not have such a long history, but they're arguably just as popular as real-life versions. Advanced gaming technology has helped make the virtual game a success, often with bonus rounds and features that the traditional game never had.
For UK players looking to play blackjack games online, there's now more choice than ever before. The game features highly within the gaming stock of many of the best UK casinos, with many different versions to try out. What's more, you don't have to part with any of your hard-earned cash to try them out, as you can see by the list of free blackjack games on this page.
Read on to find out how to find the best of these games, as well as related info about one of the most popular online casino games around.
How to play free blackjack online
As you can see, this page has a list of free blackjack games online you can play for fun. Once you spot one you like the look of, just tap it or hover your cursor over it until the 'Play for Free' icon appears. When you click on that, the game will begin to load, and you can start to play.
Bear in mind that each game is slightly different, so it's a good idea to read the rules so you can get into good playing habits, even if you are just playing blackjack online for fun!
That said, there are some general rules that most, if not all, blackjack games follow. Here's a quick summary.
- The aim of the game is to get a hand that's closer to the value of 21 than the dealer's (without exceeding it).
- You first receive two cards. If they total under 21, you can either 'Hit' (receive another card to get you closer to 21), or 'Stand' (keep only the two cards you have).
- If you exceed the total of 21 at any point, you 'go bust'.
- Once you're happy with your hand (and with a total not greater than 21 ), it's the dealers turn.
- The winner is the one who's closest to 21, without going bust.
Remember that card values in blackjack are the following: 2 to 10 = face value; J/Q/K =10, while Ace can be 1 or 11, depending on the rest of the hand's value.
Once you have this basic info in mind, you're ready to start playing.
Playing blackjack involves a blend of skill and luck, which means that there are strategies out there that may help you play better.
If you're new to the game, we recommend you start with a basic strategy that's easy to learn and memorise. This involves finding the optimal decision to make according to the cards that you and the dealer receive, whether it's 'hit', 'stand', or other actions.
Remember, though, that no strategy is guaranteed to earn you money, so bear that in mind should you choose to use one.
Popular free blackjack games
You can get a good idea of which blackjack games are the most popular with players by checking out the number of likes each one has on their thumbnail.
Like on social media, this is represented with a 'thumbs up' sign and it shows the number of players who enjoy this game.
Of course, it doesn't necessarily mean that the ones with the most likes are the best games, or the ones you'll enjoy the most. So, it's a case of testing them out for yourself and making your own mind up!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it possible to play free blackjack on my mobile device?
Yes. Most blackjack games you can play online for free are optimized for mobile use, so you should find a wide selection to choose from if you'd like to play from your phone or tablet.
The quickest way to find these is to go to our mobile games page, then select 'Blackjack' from the 'Game Type' filter. All of these will be mobile-friendly and ready for you to try out.
How do I find free blackjack games by a certain provider?
You can narrow the list of free online blackjack games down to just those by a certain developer by going to the advanced filters section on this page.
There, you'll see a 'Game Provider' filter from which you can choose your preferred company by clicking the box next to their name.
There are also filters for 'Game Type', in case you'd like to include another casino game on the list and 'Game Theme' should you have a certain style in mind.
How do I play real blackjack online?
If you feel ready to play a blackjack game online for money, then there are many UK casinos who offer them to their players.
It's crucial, however, to only play at reliable, licensed casinos. You can make your search for one easier by going to our best blackjack sites page and using the sorting tools and filters there to find your preferred option.
By weeding out the sites you don't want, and sticking to the ones you think are suitable, you'll be greatly improving your chances of having a positive online playing session.