A High Variance Online Blackjack Variance

Published: February 25, 2018

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Online blackjack variants essentially offer low variance with a maximum payout of 3 to 2. It is true that some online blackjack variants have side bets with high payout ratios. But these usually have so low returns that they are unviable. So you either have to grind for long hours or play with high stakes for a chance of ending up with something substantial. Microgaming has devised an online blackjack game with high variance without compromising on the average return. It is called High Streak European Blackjack Gold Series and is live at online casinos like Spin Palace, Platinum Play and All Slots.

High Streak European Blackjack is played with only two decks, which gives the player a marginal advantage. Since it is a variant of European Blackjack, the dealer will not check for blackjack. This has a marginal disadvantage. The dealer will stand on all 17. The detailed set of rules can be accessed from the icon on the screen as in all Microgaming online blackjack variants.

You start by placing separate bets for main game and for the High Streak part. If you win the deal, the payout is made for the main bet and the High Streak bet moves to the 2nd Streak position without any payout. You then place another main game bet for the next deal. If you win this game, again the main bet pays and the 2nd Streak win also pays 1 to 1. The High Streak bet moves to the 3rd Streak. In this manner the 3rd Streak win will pay 2 to 1, the 4th Streak win will pay 5 to 1 and the 5th Streak win will pay 10 to 1. If you lose any main game, then the High Streak bet also loses and the cycle ends. If there is a tie in the main game then the High Streak bet remains on the table without progressing. In case of a split hand one win and one loss is treated as a tie.

In order to maximise the high variance that is on offer you have to place multiple High Streak bets. When the first High Streak bet moves to the second position you start a new High Streak cycle and so on. If you win any main game then all the High Streak bets will pay their respective amounts and move ahead. But if you lose any main game then all the High Streak bets will lose and be removed from the table.


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