Playtech Online Casino Blackjack Reviews

Blackjack is certainly enjoying a steady surge in popularity as increasingly more online blackjack lovers worldwide are playing this all-time classic casino card game. What is even more exciting is that players are being treated to yet more new and unique forms of blackjack with different rules and features. Playtech online casinos offers 7 game variants: single deck, 21 duel, 6-deck classic, blackjack switch, surrender, pontoon and progressive blackjack.

All of the games are powered by Playtech software - a name synonymous with excellence and class. You'll not only find your favourite Blackjack game, but in all probability, a number of other games and variations you never even considered playing, or heard of. All except Blackjack Switch can be played in your choice of Single Player mode, 3 or 5 Hand mode, Multi-player, or even as a Private Group.

Blackjack Game Reviews

Preview 6 Deck Blackjack 6 Deck Blackjack Review. This is an American Hole Card game that is played with 6 card decks. The dealer stands on all soft 17. The dealer peeks on 10 value cards and Aces. You can double down on any 2 cards; split only once per hand. No Surrender is allowed. Only one card is drawn to split Aces. You may double down after a split. A split Ace and a 10 value card counts as 21 and not a Blackjack. Dealer peeks for Blackjack. 10 Card Charlie rule applies. Playtech's classic game with Las Vegas Strip rules.

Preview 21 Duel Blackjack 21 Duel Blackjack As in regular online casino Blackjack games, the object in 21 Duel Blackjack is to build a sum higher than the Dealer's hand, without exceeding 21. Again, the player is competing against the Dealer. The player is dealt 2 cards, one face up and the other face down, while the Dealer's 2 cards are both dealt face down. Two additional community cards are also dealt face up, which both you and the Dealer use to build your hand. Dealer stands on soft 17. Dealer's qualifying hand is 13 or better. There is no Blackjack hare - all 21-value hands are equal. Optional 2 Up side bet on first 3 open cards can pay you up to 20:1 your bet.

Preview Blackjack Switch Blackjck Switch Review. Available exclusively on Playtech casino software, the difference between this unique online Blackjack game and regular Blackjack is that you are dealt 2 hands and given the option to switch the top card of each hand in order to build stronger hands. A refreshing new twist on an old-time classic. 6 card decks. The dealer hits on soft 17. Blackjack pays 1:1. All doubles and splitting allowed. You may only split once per hand. You may double after a split. Dealer peeks for Blackjack. Dealer pushes on 22 (except Blackjack will still wins).

Preview Blackjck Surrender Blackjck Surrender Review. With a few notable exceptions, the rules of Blackjack Surrender are almost identical to regular online Blackjack, and just as easy to grasp. The notable exception is the late Surrender option that increases player's odds. 6 decks of 52 cards are used, the dealer stands on all soft 17s, you can double down on any first 2 cards and after splitting. Player may only split once. Dealer always peeks for Blackjack. 7 Card Charlie rule is added.

Preview Pontoon Pontoon Review. This exciting online Blackjack type game is said to have preceded what we know today as regular blackjack. One of the differences is that any 5-card hand or "Pontoon" (21) pays you 2 to 1 instead of 3 to 2 as you may expect in classic blackjack. In Pontoon, the Dealer must hit on Soft 17, and stand on Hard 17. Both Dealer's cards remain face down but he checks for Pontoon (Blackjack). 8 card decks. The dealer wins on all ties. Two hands - Pontoon and Five Card Trick (ANY 5-card hands of the player) - beat 21-value hands of the dealer. You can double down and draw any number of cards. No insurance or surrender.

Preview Progressive Blackjck Progressive Blackjck Review. Similar to other progressive jackpot games, a portion of every side bet placed from other linked online Blackjack games is contributed to the growing jackpot. As you can probably imagine, this pot can amount to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in no time at all. You can be eligible for the entire jackpot if you place an optional side bet and receive 4 consecutive Aces of the same suit, starting from the first card in the hand. 8 card decks. The dealer stands on soft 17. You may only split once per hand. Only one card is drawn to split Aces. Double down after a split is allowed. Dealer always peeks for Blackjack.

Preview Single Deck Blackjack Single Deck Blackjck Review. Smart players look for single deck blackjack games because they offer the lowest house edge and the greatest advantage against the house. One deck is used for the Playtech single deck blackjack game as the name suggest. The dealer hits on a soft 17. The player may double on 10 and 11 only. Players may not double after splitting, and may only split once. No surrender is available. Standard rules apply. The single deck gives this game a slightly better 0.48%, but there are other games to play with even better odds.

Las Vegas Strip Rules
Playtech Blackjack follows the standard "Las Vegas Strip" rules, with the following exceptions:
  • The deck is shuffled after each round.
  • The player may only split once per hand.
  • Only one card is drawn to split aces.
  • The player may double after splitting.
  • The dealer will not check for Blackjack in any case. Except in Blackjack Switch.
  • If the player doubles and the dealer's first card is of value 11 (Ace), and the dealer gets Blackjack, the player loses both his bets. If the dealer's first card is of value 10, and the dealer gets Blackjack, the player gets the Double bet back.

Splitting Rules
If your first two cards have the same value, you may split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You will then draw additional cards to each hand. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand, but if you split two aces, you receive only one additional card for each ace. If you receive an ace and a ten-value card in a split hand, it is considered 21 and not Blackjack.

Double Down
If, after you are dealt your first 2 cards, you think that the third card will allow you to beat the dealer's hand, you can double your bet. Another bet (with the same amount as your original bet) is taken out of your balance, and you are dealt one more card.

If the dealer shows an Ace in his initial hand, you are given a chance to insure your bet against him having a Blackjack. If you get Insurance, an amount equal to half your original bet is placed separately on the table. If the dealer does have Blackjack, you are paid 2 : 1 on your insurance. This way you do not lose your original bet (because you get the 2x half your original bet, plus the insurance amount back). If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance amount, even if you end up losing your hand.

Playtech software (Titan Casino, Casino Tropez, Monaco Gold, Del Rio Casino, Europa online casino and more) offer a blackjack variant called Blackjack Switch, which allows you to trade cards between two hands. You make two bets of equal size and are allowed to switch the second card dealt to each hand. Most Playtech casinos offer games with 6 decks which is very bad concerning card counting. However, today It's difficult to find an online casino making card counting easy anyway. The inability to count the cards is well compensated by the lowest house edge on Net today.

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