How to Play Classic Blackjack

Widely regarded as the most popular form of Blackjack in the world, Classic Blackjack is just one of a number of online Blackjack variations available at our tables. Join the action on Single Player and Multi-Player tables now!

Game Rules

In Classic Blackjack eight 52-card decks are used. The decks are shuffled together before every hand is dealt, and the dealer receives a hole card and checks for Blackjack. Dealers must stand on a soft 17 (a hand containing an ace that totals either seven or 17), and should you hit Blackjack you will be paid at 3:2 odds.

Player Betting Options

A minimum bet applies on Classic Blackjack tables, but more betting options become available as hands progress. Players can double down on any two-card hand, meaning you can double your initial bet, so long as you are committed to ‘standing’ after being dealt one additional card.

Player can also split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. So if you are dealt nine-nine, king-queen, seven-seven or jack-ten you can create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount. Here are some additional rules on splitting:

  • Players can split once  for a total of  two hands.
  • Aces may be split only once, after which players will receive only one card for each split hand
  • Players can double down on any hand, including after a non-ace split


If you think the dealer is about to hit Blackjack, you can also buy ‘insurance’. This means should the dealer hit Blackjack, you’ll still be paid 2:1 on your bet.


When playing at Classic Blackjack tables, players are allowed to ‘surrender’.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Classic Blackjack is 99.63%. For more on how to play the game, visit our Blackjack Rules page.