Online blackjack is one of the easiest games to learn how to play but one of the hardest games to master. The first thing a player who is new to the game of blackjack needs to know is how to place a bet. The game of blackjack is both a game of luck and of strategy. Once the player understands the basic strategy, the information that he has from his two cards that as well as the dealer’s upturned card can help him make intelligent decisions on how to play his hand. When playing a blackjack hand the player has a number of choices and these include the options of standing, whereby the player does not take any more cards, hitting, where the player takes another card from the dealer and splitting a hand to create two new hands. The lucky player is the player who has mastered the rules of the game and sometimes also manages to win his hand.