European BlackJack

European BlackJack tablecard

Blackjack is by far one of the most popular casino games which is played between a player and a dealer. Play’n Go has been inspired by the table game of Black Jack and has developed an online table game called European Black Jack which can be played at Bingo Extra. The aim while playing Black Jack, a secret to none is to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over 21.  The suits of the cards does not have any meaning in the game of Black Jack, however the value of the hand is just the sum of the point counts of each card. The cards from 2 through 10 are counted at their face values, whereas jack, queen and king are valued at 10. An ace can count as either 1 or 11 and it’s assumed to always have the value that makes the best hand to your advantage.

Chip values on European Black Jack are £1, £2, £5, £10, £25 and £100, and to place a bet you are required to click on the desired chip and then select on the game table the location you wish to place the chip, whereby this will be added to your total bet. You have the option to remove a bet by selecting the X chip and then by clicking on the ones you wish to remove. You may also take off all bets by clicking on the Clear All button.

Your aim in European Black Jack is to get a hand with a value closer to 21 than the dealer’s. If your hand exceeds 21, you bust and lose your bet, whereas if the dealer bust, you win with an even pay-out of 1:1.  There are various table rules applied while playing European Blackjack such as cards are re-shuffled after each round and the dealer stands on all 17s. You can only split a hand once and you will receive only one additional card for a split ace. A hand that totals 21 after splitting is considered 21, not blackjack. In European Black Jack you can play up to three hands and the game is played with 6 decks of cards. You can double on hard 9-11 and there is no peek. If you get a blackjack you get a pay-out of 3:2.

Various actions that you will find on European Blackjack are Rebet, Deal, Hit, and Stand, Split, and Double, Bust, Insurance and Push. You can use the Rebet button to place the same initial bet as the preceding round, whereas you can press the Deal button to start a round after a bet has been placed. If you wish to be dealt with an additional card, you can click on the hit button and this button can be clicked multiple times before clicking Stand when you are satisfied with the value of your hand and desire no additional cards. If your first two cards are of the same value (for example: 2 and 2 or J and K), you may split them into 2 separate hands by placing a second wager of equal value on the second hand before proceeding to play one hand at a time. After receiving your first two cards, you can double your bet, where you will be dealt only one additional card to complete your hand. 

When the first two dealt cards total 21, the hand is a blackjack that beats a hand comprised of three or more cards that total 21. If the dealer busts, you automatically win the game round. When the dealer’s first card is an ace, you have the option of placing an Insurance side bet, equal to half of your initial bet. If the dealer has blackjack, you win 2 to 1 on your Insurance bet and the round ends.  If the dealer does not have blackjack, you lose your Insurance bet and the round proceed as usual. When the value of the dealer’s hand is 17-21 and matches the value of your hand, the game results in a push and your bet is returned.

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