Blackjack Games At Microgaming Online Casinos

Published: October 12, 2012

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Currently Microgaming offers more than 40 blackjack games at its online casinos. The real number is much less because of the presence of multiple variants of the same name. The Microgaming blackjack games are divided into two broad categories, single hand games and multi hand games. In the multi hand games players can wager on up to five hands against the same dealer hand. Further duplication takes place because many blackjack variants are offered in the Gold Series as well. The Gold Series games are identical to the normal games except that they provide a more exquisite visual casino setting.

The most popular blackjack variants at Microgaming online casinos are those that are based exactly on the various variants played at land casinos in different parts of the world. These include Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Vegas Strip Blackjack. European Blackjack is significantly different from the rest because it does not deal the hole card for the dealer. The rule differences in the other three American variants are not that significant for the blackjack player.

There are three blackjack variants at Microgaming online casinos that are quite innovative and different from the standard variants. Double Exposure Blackjack deals both of the dealer’s cards face up, which makes things much easier for the player. The player pays a price for this benefit by receiving only even money payouts for natural blackjack. Pontoon takes the diametrically opposite direction. Both of the dealer’s cards are dealt face down. The player is compensated for this by receiving a 2 to 1 payout for natural blackjacks. The terminology used in Pontoon is also different from the regular blackjack variants and players should familiarize themselves with this before starting to wager. Spanish Blackjack is played with decks of 48 cards, the tens being removed from them. All these three blackjack variants require completely different strategies for optimum results.

There are certain blackjack variants at Microgaming online casinos that are popular because of high payout side bets and progressive jackpots. Bonus Blackjack has a side bet that pays out based on the first two cards dealt to the player. If these cards are jack and ace of spades the payout is 50 to 1. If the cards are any other suited jack and ace the payout is 25 to 1. Any two suited cards pay 5 to 2. High Streak European Blackjack requires a high streak bet that pays out higher amounts for successive wins. The second streak pays out at even money and the fifth streak pays out at 10 to 1. In Microgaming Super Fun 21 a five or more card hand with the value of 21 immediately pays out at 2 to 1. Triple Sevens has a progressive jackpot that is hit when the player is dealt three sevens. In blackjack the player gets higher returns if the game is played with fewer decks. Microgaming offers two variants that are played with single decks, which are Classic Blackjack and Vegas Single Deck Blackjack.

Since the different blackjack variants require different optimum strategy, Microgaming provides the strategy cards within the game. However, it goes one step beyond that. Players can put these blackjack variants on auto play. The software will take over and make the choices for the player as required by the optimum strategy.


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