Progressive Blackjack Rules, Tips & Strategy Card
Progressive version can offer you the best odds (average percentages of return) available at online blackjack table
games, just because you can turn the odds on progressive side bet in your favour. The lowest house edge can be achieved by
keeping track of cards on the table and using the appropriate and optimal strategy.
OddsOn/Vegas Technology powered online casinos offer the Progressive version of Blackjack that is played according to the
European Blackjack rules. The game is played on a table with 5 playing positions and wagers
are placed in the circles provided. Cards are dealt from a shoe containing 4 standard decks
of 52 playing cards each (no jokers), re-shuffled after each hand.
Your basic goal of this game is getting 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 ("natural blackjack", for example Ace and a face card), or if the dealer's cards
are lower than yours - your hand wins!
General Rules in Brief:
- 4 card decks
- Betting limits: $2 to $200 per hand
- The dealer stands on all 17 or higher
- Fixed Progressive Side Bet of $1
- Multi Hand - Play up to 5 hands at once
- Progressive Bet wins from $25 for 2 Aces to 100% of pot for 4 suited Aces.
- Player's blackjack (e.g. A-10) pays 3:2
- Dealer's blackjack always win
- Winning insurance bets pay 2:1
- You may double down on 9 to 11 only
- No doubling down after splitting
- No re-splitting is allowed
- You may not draw to split Aces
- No surrender is allowed
In Progressive Blackjack, a player may place an extra $1 bet on each hand, and win a specific portion
of the current jackpot based on the progressive jackpot payout table. When a hand splits, it is still the first
2 cards dealt, but not to each split hand separately.
Play up to 5 Hands at Once
There are 5 playing positions you can choose from and you can play up to 5 hands of Progressive
Blackjack at the same time (optional). Each hand played is a separate bet against the dealer.
How to play Progressive Blackjack game
When starting the Progressive Blackjack game you have to place your coin(s)
on the table and click on the DEAL button. You decide how much you want to wager and how many hands to play.
After placing your bet(s) you can choose to make a progressive $1 bet on any hand played - just click on the
Progressive Bet Slot while it flashes.
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 cards exceeds 21 then you have gone BUST and have lost this hand.
When your 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 bet 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 extra 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 wager and pays
out 2:1 if the dealer does get a blackjack. If you purchases Insurance and then Doubles
your hand, only the initial bet is doubled. No Insurance after splitting is allowed. Insurance is not
recommended in Progressive European blackjack version as you may see on the strategy card below.
Progressive Jackpot Paytable
For each hand played, there is a $2.00 minimum bet on each hand, a $200.00 maximum limit on each hand PLUS optional
$1 progressive side bet that can bring you the following cash payouts:
• 4 aces, same suit: 100% of pot
• 4 aces, any suit: 10% of pot
• 3 aces, same suit: $2500
• 3 aces, any suit: $250
• 2 aces, same suit: $50
• 2 aces, any suit: $25
Cards must also be consecutive starting from the very first card being dealt.
The minimum progressive jackpot is $10,000.00 but it quickly grows to higher
Turn the Odds in Your Favour!
At the time of writing this review the progressive jackpot standed at $194,900!
The odds of the progressive blackjack games can be separated to the "main game" odds and "progressive bet" odds.
The "main game" odds are fixed and depend on your basic strategy for the game. "Progressive odds" can be very bad for players
when the jackpot is rather small (about huge 67% on the lowest levels) but turn positive for players when the
jackpot reaches a certain level. In the
Progressive European Blackjack game the house edge disappears when the jackpot reaches about $180.000.
From this level you have a positive expected return on your side bet.
Progressive European Blackjack Strategy Card
We have calculated the optimal basic strategy for these rules that can decrease the house edge for the base game
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 Progressive Blackjack strategy tables
for OddsOn/Vegas Tech. online casinos game rules are shown above for hard totals,
soft totals, and player's pairs.
For the best odds in European Progressive Blackjack you should use the strategy card above and make progressive side bets
when the jackpot is rather big (over 6-8 seeds at least).
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Players from USA are accepted (excluding several States) but Canadian players are not accepted.
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