When online casino games were first legalised, online blackjack in South Africa was one of the first games which punters were drawn to. With many used to playing blackjack around the green felt tables of land-based casinos like Grand West and Emperors Palace, the appeal of playing online blackjack for real money at home was huge.
There is an increasing number of online casinos and bookmakers where you can play Blackjack online in South Africa. The variety of online blackjack games available now also includes fun spin-offs such as Infinite Blackjack, Speed Blackjack, Blackjack Party, all with interesting side bets and new ways for players to win!
We’ll help you learn the basics of playing online blackjack in South Africa if you’re a first-timer. Also, read on to find out about the various blackjack games available at some leading local bookmakers to see which online blackjack casino is right for you.
How Does Online Blackjack Work?
The aim of Blackjack is to get a hand with a value as close to the number 21 as possible without going over (“bust”). Number cards have a value equal to their number and all the picture cards (Jacks, Queens, and Kings) have a value of 10. Aces can be worth 11 or 1, depending on which number will get the player closer to 21. To win, players must beat the dealer’s hand—they don’t play each other. If the dealer goes bust, all players at the table win their bets. Unless they also go bust, in which case they lose. In a tie, your bet is a push and your stake is returned.
Rules of Blackjack
In each round, the player and dealer are dealt two cards each but the last of the dealer’s cards is hidden until the end. After receiving your two cards you can either ask for another card (‘Hit’) or ‘Stand’ to end your turn. To win, you must be closer to 21 than the dealer. If you go over 21, you’re bust and the dealer wins no matter what. Winning hands are paid out at odds of EVS (2.00). If you’re dealt a blackjack (an Ace and a ten-value card) you win and get paid out at odds of 15/10. Unless the dealer also has blackjack, in which case it’s a tie and your stake is returned. Read more about the rules and betting odds for Blackjack.
What Is The Best Online Blackjack In South Africa?
With so many software companies now providing blackjack games to online casinos and bookmakers in South Africa, the options available for players is growing steadily. The best online blackjack games in South Africa right now are from Evolution and BetConstruct. You can play these games at some of our favourite online betting sites such as Betway, Sportingbet, Gbets and Hollywoodbets.
Evolution Online Blackjack
Evolution has one of the best platforms for online Blackjack in South Africa whether you’re sitting in front of your computer or playing on the go. Most Evolution Blackjack tables have a regular seven-seat setup with the option to bet behind, while games like Infinite Blackjack offer unlimited seats at the table.
Their wide selection of Blackjack games caters to every punter with more than 20 live-dealer tables and bet sizes from 50c to R15 000 a hand. Whether you’re a first-timer or a maverick, you’ll love the thrill of playing Speed Blackjack, Party Blackjack or Infinite Blackjack for any stakes you like, at any time of day or night.
Evolution Blackjack also includes some cool features which enhance the experience of playing blackjack online. You can place bets behind one or more players like you would in a land-based casino, allowing you to play even if you can’t find a seat at the table of your choice. If you’re already seated at a table, you can still choose to bet behind any other player from as little as 50c per hand.
In addition to the usual betting opportunities, you can add extra interest to all Evolution Blackjack games with a number of interesting side bets and find even more ways to win.
- Perfect Pairs: Get a bigger payout if the first two cards dealt make up a Mixed, Coloured or Perfect Pair.
- 21+3: Win on a variety of poker-style card combinations made with your first two cards and the dealer’s open card.
- Hot 3: Pays out on various card combinations totalling 19, 20 and 21 made with your first two cards and the dealer’s open card.
- Bust It: Pays out an increasing amount if the dealer busts with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 or more cards in their hand.
Online Blackjack Games Available In South Africa
Speed Blackjack is the same as traditional blackjack but played at a much faster pace. After receiving your first two cards, you can immediately decide to hit, stand, double down or split without waiting for the dealer to come around. Whoever makes the fastest decision will get their next card dealt first. Because rounds happen so quickly, you can play more hands in the same amount of time!
A fun, low-stakes variant of the popular casino game, Blackjack Party has engaging hosts, funky background music and a busy live chat. With its chilled vibe and disco theme, Blackjack Party feels unlike any other game you’ve played. The basic rules are that the dealer stands on 17, players are allowed to double down on the first two cards, and players can also split hands once per round.
In Infinite Blackjack, all players are initially dealt a common two-card hand. The rules of Infinite Blackjack are like standard blackjack except that if a player can get hit with six total cards and not exceed 21, they win no matter what hand the dealer gets. With everyone sharing the same initial hand, there’s good banter and camaraderie among punters in the live chat and more direct engagement from the dealer.
Free Bet Blackjack
What makes this game different from regular blackjack is that you get a free double down bet on totals of 9, 10 or 11 (without an ace). Players are also offered free split bets on all pairs except 10s, Jacks, Queens and Kings. Six cards without a bust will also beat any hand (Six Card Charlie rule) but one small caveat is that dealers get a push (not a bust) with a total of 22.
Power Blackjack is unique in that you can double down, triple down or quadruple down on any two initial cards, even after a split. In this all-or-nothing blackjack game, 9s and 10s are removed from the deck allowing the opportunity for players to test new strategies. While Power Blackjack comes with the usual four optional side bets (Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It), there is no Six Card Charlie rule.
BetConstruct Online Blackjack
Despite being one of the smaller casino game providers, BetConstruct has a top-notch live blackjack platform with high-quality video, a simple user interface and great features. What we love about BetConstruct Blackjack is that you can occupy up to 4 seats at once. Other cool features include the ability to speed up the game by making your decisions in advance. The game also warns you when you make a move that goes against standard blackjack strategy and lets you change your decision.
Another big advantage of BetConstruct Blackjack is the option to surrender your hand. This means you can give up your first two cards and get half your stake back if you don’t like what you’ve been dealt. There is no option to bet behind other players but the good news is you can easily find a seat at most BetConstruct Blackjack tables. BetConstruct Blackjack is currently only available at Gbets but we expect it will feature on more online betting sites in South Africa soon.
In addition to the standard bets available, there are also 3 side bets on BetConstruct Blackjack which include Perfect Pairs, Lucky 7 and Honey Bonus with a maximum payout of 500/1!
- Perfect Pairs: Bet on whether you or the dealer will get any kind of pair. Coloured pairs (12/1); mixed pairs (5/1); perfect pairs (25/1).
- Honey Bonus: Bet on whether you or the dealer can make a poker style combination such as three-of-a-kind (20/1), straight (10/1) or flush (5/1). A suited blackjack where the ace and ten-value card are of the same suit pays out 3/1 on top of your standard winnings.
- Lucky 7: This side bet pays if your first card and the successive ones are 7’s. One 7 (3/1); pair of unsuited 7’s (25/1); pair of suited 7’s (50/1); three unsuited 7’s (100/1); three suited 7’s (500/1).
Ready To Get Started with Online Blackjack?
To start playing online blackjack in South Africa, simply register an account at Betway, Gbets, Sportingbet or Hollywoodbets. Here you can get access to online blackjack and a whole host of other casino games such as roulette, poker, baccarat—not to mention live and virtual sports as well as Lucky Numbers. Join any of these top online bookmakers now, there’s a table waiting with your name on it!
Do you play blackjack? Use the comments section below to tell us about your favourite type of online blackjack in South Africa and where you most like to play.