European Blackjack Of OddsOn / Vegas Technology
Oddson European Blackjack Rules & Strategy CardBlackjack is one of the most popular online casino games today. It offers ones of the best odds (percentage of return) when you keep track of all cards and use the appropriate strategy. OddsOn and now Vegas Technology powered casinos offer a version of Blackjack that is played accorfind to the European Blackjack rules. The game is played on a semi-circular table with 5 playing positions and bets are placed in the circles provided. The Player competes against the dealer. Cards are dealt from a deck of cards called a shoe containing 4 standard decks of 52 cards each (no jokers here) that are shuffled after each hand.
The basic rule of this game is, as always, get a hand higher than the dealer without going over 21 or making the dealer hand's bust. If the face value of your cards is a "Blackjack" (also called "natural blackjack", e.g. Ace and a face card), or if the dealer's cards are lower than yours you win!
General Rules in Brief:
- 4 card decks
- Bets from $2 to $200 per hand
- The dealer stands on all 17 or higher
- A player blackjack (e.g. A-10) pays 3:2
- Winning insurance bets pay 2:1
- You may double down on 9 to 11 only
- No doubling down after splitting
- No re-splitting
- You may not draw to split Aces
- No surrender is allowed
- Dealer's blackjack always win
How to play European Blackjack game
When starting the Blackjack European Rules game you have to place your coin(s) on the table and click on the DEAL button. 2 cards are dealt at each player position that has a wager and 2 cards are given to the dealer, one of them face up. You are allowed to HIT or STAND, and when applicable you are able to SPLIT, DOUBLE, or buy INSURANCE. If possible you have to decide to SPLIT or DOUBLE before choosing to HIT or STAND.
If your dealt hand contains an Ace and a 10 or a face card then you have a Blackjack, also called a "Natural Blackjack", and play is automatically moved to the next available hand. If the value of your hand exceeds 21 then you have gone BUST and have lost this hand. When the player's hand is completed the dealer's hand is played out. Once the dealer's hand is complete, your hand is compared to the dealer's hand to determine the winner(s).
If you have 2 cards that are the same (a Pair), the Split button will be active. You can choose to split your original single hand into 2 separate hands. In this case a second wager will be placed automatically equal to your original wager and you are dealt a second card for each new hand. Note: If you purchase Insurance and then Split your hand, the hand will no longer be covered by Insurance. If you split Aces you will receive only 1 more card to complete your hand and if the second card is a 10-value card it is not considered as a "blackjack". No re-splitting is allowed.
The 'Double' option is only available if your first 2 cards dealt total 9, 10 or 11. The 'Double' button doubles your original bet and you receive only 1 more card to complete your hand. The 'Double' button is not available on hands that have been Split.
Whenever the Dealer's up-card is an Ace, you have the option to take insurance if you think the dealer may have a blackjack. The cost of insurance is half your original bet and pays out 2 : 1 if the dealer does get a blackjack. If the player purchases Insurance and then Doubles their hand, only the initial bet is doubled. No Insurance after splitting. Insurance is not recommended in European blackjack version as you may see on the strategy card below.
European Blackjack Strategy Card
We have calculated the optimal basic strategy for these rules that can decrease the house edge to just 0.73%.
The Blackjack strategy is printed as table with the dealer's up card the first row and player's two card combination the the second column. The entries in the table tell you whether you should Hit, Stand, Double Down or Split your hand depending on the different combinations of the dealer's and player's hands. Optimal European Blackjack strategy tables for OddsOn online casinos game rules are shown above for hard totals, soft totals, and player's pairs.
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