Tennessee is notorious for its strict gaming laws. In fact, there is nary a casino in the state and it didn’t even have a lottery until 2003 if that tells you anything about the state’s conservative views of gambling. Today, their views remain much the same, with one exception. In a compromise between the General Assembly and the Governor, Tennessee legalized online sports betting as of the spring of 2019. For many interested in online gambling, the next question is whether other online games are next.
As it stands, it is illegal to engage in any online or land-based gambling, including table games like blackjack, within the state of Tennessee. Residents can travel to North Carolina or Mississippi if they really have the itch to play for real money. The other option, of course, is to choose online free play casinos, where no real cash is exchanged, and everyone is playing for points, perks, or just the fun of the game.
Online Blackjack Rules and Variations
Did you know that the goal of the game of blackjack is not to reach 21 points? While many people play effectively with that mentality, it’s important to really understand how the game works if you are going to maximize your skills. Even if you’re not playing for real money now, you might get the chance someday and understanding the game is critical to your success.
The objective of blackjack is for the player to have a hand that is higher than the dealer’s hand, and to not exceed the 21-point limit. When the dealer exceeds 21 points, the player can still win so long as their hand is below that limit. In the event that both parties are dealt over 21 points, it will be dubbed a bust and all bets will be returned.
Card point values are the same online as they are in live table games:
- Face cards have a value of 10 points
- Aces can be scored as 11 points or one point
- Number cards are scored at face value
Online Blackjack Decks and Odds
The benefit, for many players, to online blackjack games is that instead of a standard card deck shuffled once or twice by a dealer, online tables utilize a randomized number generator that is constantly shuffling the decks of cards during the game. When a player hits the “deal” or “hit” button, the number in the generator at that time will be produced on the screen. Then, the deck immediately goes back to shuffling.
Fortunately for players, many of the common rules of blackjack etiquette don’t apply to virtual games, so that is one less thing to worry about. It’s important to get to know the game of blackjack because every time a round is dealt, the odds change significantly. These tips can help you get started in online games but it really takes practice and study to become a master.