PROGRESSIVE BLACKJACK REVIEW
Progressive Blackjack (Playtech) Rules & Strategy Card - How To Play
Progressive Blackjack is the modification of the classic card game that uses 6 regular decks of 52 cards, follows the "Vegas Strip" Blackjack game rules with the only exception from the basic version is that Progressive Blackjack has optional side bet giving you a chance to win huge progressive jackpot with a minimum value of 50,000 x side bet. The object of this game is for the your cards' total to be closer to 21 than the dealer's hand, without exceeding 21. Card values are the standard here: Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value. You can bet from £/€/$1 up to £/€/$300 per hand.
The rules are basically the same as in the standard "Las Vegas Strip" blackjack rules, with the following exceptions: The deck is shuffled after each hand. The player may only split once. One card is drawn to split a pair of Aces. The player may double after splitting. The dealer will check for Blackjack if he is showing an Ace or a 10-value card.Progressive Blackjack Rules in Brief:
- 6 card decks
- Dealer Stands on Soft 17
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- You may only split once per hand
- Only one card is drawn to split Aces
- You may double after a split
- Dealer peeks for Blackjack
- Progressive Side Bet (optional)
Progressive Jackpot Side Bet
Players have the option of making an additional bet to try and win a growing jackpot. The cost of the side bet is £/€/$1, out of which a certain percentage (3%) goes to the progressive jackpot pool. If you get a winning card combination from the Progressive paytable, you get an extra payout. The highest progressive payout is the entire progressive jackpot and is won upon receiving 4 consecutive Aces of the same suit and starting from the first card in the hand. Note that all progressive wins require that your card combinations (one to four Aces) are consecutive and starting from the first card in the hand. These wins are awarded at the end of the game round, and if you’ve split your hand, they are calculated separately for each of the new hands. The current size of the jackpot (ticker) and Progressive paytable are displayed on the left side of the game's screen.
The biggest possible win is the progressive Jackpot, built up by all Playtech powered casinos that offer the game. 3% of each bet, by every person playing this game in each of many online casinos, is added to a common pot. When a player hits the entire Jackpot, a new pot is started, with the Playtech casinos contributing a base amount of money (a seed) - 50,000.00 in currency. This ensures that even if you hit a Jackpot in a game right after someone else has won the Jackpot, you will still get a large win amount.
4 Suited Aces pays Progressive Jackpot
3 Suited Aces pays 5000:1
4 Aces pays 2500:1
3 Aces pays 250:1
2 Suited Aces pays 100:1
2 Aces pays 50:1
1 Ace pays 5:1
You can also play this progressive game in Multihand mode. Select "Multihand" in the casino lobby when starting the game. You can play with up to 5 hands simultaneously. Place bets by clicking on the different bet areas. You can play one hand only if you wish, or any number of hands up to 5. Every hand may have a different bet amount.
If your first 2 cards have the same value, you may split them into 2 separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You'll then draw additional cards to each hand. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand, but you'll receive only one card if you split 2 Aces. If you receive an Ace and a 10-value card in a split hand, it is not considered Blackjack.
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, a bet 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 bet. This way you do not lose your original bet (you get the 2x half your original bet, plus the insurance bet). If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance bet.
Progressive Blackjack StrategyThe optimal strategy for the Playtech's progressive blackjack game is the same as the one for original 6-deck blackjack. If played correctly this strategy can lower the house edge in the base game to about 0.52%. The side bet has a separate house edge that depends on the current progressive jackpot value. When the jackpot reaches a certain level (about 6 - 10 seeds), the odds turn in player's favour! Use the following strategy card for Playtech's Progressive Blackjack game:
The strategy card is shown as table with the Dealer's up card the first row and player's 2-card combination the second column. The letters tell you what to do (Hit, Stand, Double Down or Split) depending on the different combinations of dealer's and player's hands. Optimal Progressive Blackjack strategy tables for Playtech's rules are shown above for player's hard totals, soft totals, and pairs along with a legend.
Where to Play?
Play progressive games at Casino Tropez. This popular international online casino is one of the leader in Europe due to multi-lingual customer support in 12 languages and localized casino software. Tropez offers you to play 7 different versions of Playtech blackjack games, like BJ switch, surrender, single deck, 21 Duel and pontoon. New members receive up to €/$ 3,000 in welcome bonuses per year.