I guess we all know how to play blackjack the traditional way. But did you know that many of the leading online casinos now offer variants of the classic blackjack game. One of those variants is a head to head match where you are pitched in against another player and try to beat them rather than the house. Here is an overview of a typical head to head blackjack match and how it works.
You and your opponent start each match with an equal amount of chips and then play a designated number of hands of blackjack. On completion of that designated number of hands the player with the biggest chip stack wins.
Basically, the normal rules of blackjack apply in heads up play. You may hit, stand, split or double down as normal, take insurance and a blackjack still pays 3-2.
To start things off one card is dealt to each player and the player dealt the lowest card value goes first for that round with the order of play alternating for each subsequent round. The number of rounds in head to head blackjack can vary. For example it could be a fast and furious five round affair or a more tactical and longer forty round match.
At the conclusion of the stated number of rounds the player with the most chips is the winner. But do beware that if you run out of chips at any stage you are automatically forfeit the match.
Of course one outcome could be a tie. You and your opponent have the same number of chips at the end of the final round. In the event of a tie then you are in to sudden death play-off territory with extra rounds continuing until one player has a chip lead at the end of a round. They are of course declared the winner.
Head to head blackjack is fun and can add extra elements of strategy and skill to your game. Basic strategy still comes in to it though you will need to manage your chip stack and keep an eye on your opponent. I wish you good luck should you venture in to the world of head to head blackjack.
By Andy Machin
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