Real Money Online Blackjack Ontario

At Jackpot City Ontario, we aim to provide the broadest possible variety of casino games, including the world’s most popular card game: Blackjack. This page has the all information on blackjack rules and gameplay that you need to play blackjack online in Ontario.

Online Blackjack Varieties

Part of what makes blackjack so much fun is all the different types, each with subtle differences to keep things interesting. Here are some popular variants to explore when you play blackjack online in Ontario:

  • Classic Blackjack: A single-deck variant where the dealer stands on all 17s.
  • European Blackjack: A single-deck variant where the dealer stands on soft 17.
  • Atlantic City Blackjack: An eight-deck variant where the dealer peeks for blackjack on 10 or 11. This means they look at their burn card. If they have blackjack, they show their hand and the round ends.
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack: Similar to Atlantic City Blackjack, but the dealer only peeks for blackjack on 10.
  • Vegas Downtown Blackjack: A two-deck variation where the dealer hits on soft 17.
  • Premier Blackjack with Side Bets: Classic Blackjack with eight decks and two side bets. The 21+3 side bet pays if your first two cards and the dealer’s first card form a poker hand, from 5:1 for a flush to 100:1 for suited three of a kind. The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out up to 25:1 if your first two cards are a pair.
  • Multihand Blackjack: Play multiple hands of blackjack at the same time in popular variants like Multihand Classic Blackjack, Multihand Atlantic City Blackjack, and Multihand Vegas Downtown Blackjack.
  • Live Blackjack: Jackpot City also has a live dealer section where you can enjoy real live blackjack in Ontario. These games have HD graphics and real-life dealers to create an authentic casino atmosphere.
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Online Blackjack Strategies

When you play blackjack in Ontario online, there are two types of strategy to consider: basic blackjack strategy and blackjack betting strategy.

Basic Blackjack Strategy

Memorise these recommended decisions to maximise your chances to beat the dealer:

Stand on hard 17 or higher.

  • Double down on hard 11.
  • Split 8s and aces.
  • Don’t split a pair of 10s.
  • Hit on ace-7 if the dealer’s up card is 9 or better.
  • Only stand with 12 if the dealer’s up card is 4, 5, or 6.
  • Stand on 13-16 if the dealer shows 2-6.
  • Surrender on 16 against 9, 10, or ace.

Blackjack Betting Strategies

Betting strategies are designed to maximise wins over time. They are definitely risky, but they can work for players with large bankrolls.

  • Martingale: Double your bet every time you lose a hand until you win and recoup your losses.
  • Oscar’s Grind: Pick a betting unit (eg 1% of your bankroll) and make a one-unit bet. If you lose or tie, repeat the same bet. If you win, increase the next bet by one unit. Repeat until you reach your winning goal or deplete your bankroll.
  • Flat Betting: Pick a betting unit (eg 1% of your bankroll) and stick to it for every bet.
  • Positive Progression: Increase your bet by 50% every time you win a hand of blackjack.
  • Negative Progression: Increase your bet by 50% every time you lose a hand.

Online Blackjack Terms

Learn these terms to improve your understanding and enjoyment of online blackjack in Ontario.

  • Ace: A card worth 1 or 11, at the player's choice.
  • Bankroll: The money a player has set aside to place bets with.
  • Blackjack: Also known as a natural, this is a two-card hand with a value of 21.
  • Burn Card: The dealer’s first card, placed face-down.
  • Bust: A hand that exceeds 21 and results in a loss.
  • Card counting: A way of keeping track of which cards have been dealt by memorizing them.
  • Double Down/ Doubling: Doubling the initial bet, receiving one more card, and standing. Players can only use this move on the first two cards.
  • Hard Hand: A hand that either does not contain an ace or contains an ace counted as 1.
  • Hit: A request for an additional card.
  • House Edge: The percentage advantage of the house over the player.  If you apply flawless basic blackjack strategy, the house edge is usually around 1%.
  • Insurance: A bet on whether the dealer has a hand worth 21 or not. This wager can be placed if the dealer shows an ace.
  • Push: Neither the house nor the player wins or loses. The player’s bet is returned.
  • Side Bet: A bet on the outcome of a blackjack game. Side bets are placed before the game begins and don’t affect the outcome of the main game.
  • Soft Hand: A hand that contains an ace that can count as 1 or 11 without going over 21.
  • Split: A player dealt two cards of the same value can split them. This means breaking the hand up into two and placing bets on each one.
  • Surrender: The player gives up half the bet after seeing the first two cards and the dealer’s up card. Late surrender is when you can only surrender after the dealer peeks for blackjack.
  • Stand: Do not request any more cards.
  • Up Card: The one card in the dealer’s hand that the player is allowed to see.
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How to Play Online Blackjack in Ontario

Let’s take a look at blackjack gameplay, scoring, and bet types.


Players and the dealer receive two cards each. Players' cards are face up, while one of the dealer's cards (called the hole card) remains face down. Players can then choose to hit or stand. Once all players have completed their turn, the dealer reveals their hole card. The dealer then follows specific rules for drawing additional cards based on the casino's rules (e.g., hitting on 16 and standing on 17). Finally, the winning hand is determined. The hand closest to 21 wins. If a player exceeds 21, it's a bust, and the dealer wins.

Card Values and Scoring:

  • Numbered cards (2-10) are worth their face value.
  • Face cards (King, Queen, Jack) are valued at 10.
  • Aces can be worth either 1 or 11, depending on the player's choice and the hand's requirements.

Different Bet Types

Side Bets: Side bets are placed before the game starts and aren’t affected by the main game (you can  go bust and still win a side bet). Many variants have their own specific side bets. In Premium Blackjack With Buster Blackjack™, for instance, you can bet on the dealer going bust.

Insurance: When the dealer's face-up card is an Ace, players can bet that the dealer has blackjack. Winning insurance bets pays 2:1.

Doubling Down: After receiving the first two cards, players can double their original bet, after which they must stand. Different variants have different rules for doubling down. In Switch European Blackjack, for example, you can double down on 9, 10 or 11, while you can double down on any hand in American Blackjack.

Splitting Pairs: A player whose first initial two cards are a pair can split them into two separate hands. The player places an additional bet equal to their original wager on the second hand and plays each hand separately.

How to Sign Up and Play Blackjack in Ontario

To play blackjack online in Ontario and win real money, you first have to register a Jackpot City account. It’s a quick and easy process:

  1. Click the “Sign Up” button.
  2. Fill out the registration form with your email, username, and password.
  3. Fill out your personal details (name, date of birth and address).
  4. Read through the T&Cs, tick the boxes and click “Register”.
  5. Log in with your details, go to the games lobby and select a blackjack variant.
  6. Start playing real blackjack in Ontario online! Remember that online gambling is for entertainment purposes only, so be sure to play responsibly.

Safety and Security

Since 1998, Jackpot City has upheld the highest standards with regard to player safety.  In Ontario, Jackpot City is fully regulated and approved by iGaming Ontario, the official state body responsible for promoting safety and fair play in online gambling.

When it comes to privacy, SSL digital encryption technology protects your personal and financial information at all times.

Payment methods are provided by trusted and popular brands like VISA, Mastercard, eCheck, and Interac.

Another way that Jackpot City takes care of its players is by providing responsible gaming tools to help players maintain a healthy balance and keep the focus on fun.

Frequently Asked Questions in Blackjack

Where can you play online blackjack in Canada?

You can play online blackjack in Ontario right here at Jackpot City. Our premium blackjack game offering includes virtual RNG blackjack and a range of innovative live casino blackjack experiences.

How can you develop the ultimate blackjack strategy?

You can develop the ultimate blackjack strategy using basic strategy charts to improve your game, but unless you’re a professional player, the best approach is to treat online blackjack as a fun recreational activity. From this viewpoint, the ultimate blackjack strategy is to never bet more than you can afford to lose and enjoy the entertainment.

What variants of blackjack in Ontario can I play online?

There are multiple variants of online blackjack in Ontario like Classic Blackjack, European Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack, and Premium Blackjack with Side Bets, to mention a few. Gameplay varies slightly from one variant to the next, making for a different challenge each time.

What’s the difference between the major variants of online blackjack in Ontario?

The major variants on online blackjack in Ontario mainly differ in terms of the number of decks in play and rules. European Blackjack, for instances, uses two decks and the dealer doesn’t peek for blackjack. Atlantic City Blackjack uses eight decks and you can surrender after the dealer peeks for blackjack. In Vegas Downtown Blackjack, the dealer has to hit on soft 17. Be sure to check the rules for each blackjack variant before you play.

Are there bonuses for online blackjack in Ontario?

Bonuses for blackjack players can include welcome bonuses and specific blackjack promotions. Some bonuses may treat blackjack differently in terms of play-through requirements, so be sure to read the terms and conditions.