Virtually every variation of “Blackjack” is based on Vegas Strip Rules, so, it stands to reason that American Blackjack would be based on these rules too. It is the time-honoured game of “21”, that in the UK is called “Pontoon”, in which game the rules vary slightly. One thing that rarely differs in any form of this game – is that and Ace together with a 10 point card wins and is called either a “Blackjack” or a “Natural”. In the UK when playing Pontoon, this hand would be called a “Pontoon”.
This is a popular banking game, it is played widely online, and at casinos all over the world. The beauty of playing online is that newbies can play for free, which is great practice without having to lose any money.
There are a number of variations to be had when playing American Blackjack; features such as Insurance, Surrender, Splitting, and Doubling Down. These features entail a slight change of rules and basically offer the player an alternative wager that might not normally be found in the game. Generally speaking they are “optional” additional bets, but then many players have found they prefer a particular variation that they enjoy, and play specifically to take the optional bet.
It is played with a standard (International) deck of cards, and some variations involved using up to as many as eight decks of cards. This discourages card counting, as Blackjack is actually one of those games that can be won if a player is a sharp card counter. A card shoe also speeds up play.
The objective for the Blackjack player is to get as close as humanely possible to the number 21 without going bust. The aim of the game is to beat the banker who has a slight edge on his side, but the house edge is not very high and it is easy to break even or win this game when sticking to basic strategy. Two cards are dealt initially, the player my stick at a certain point, while the dealer generally has to draw another card on a 16 count, but may stick on 17.
There are no bonus features per se when playing American Blackjack, although the additional bets we mentioned earlier, could be considered a bonus. What some online software developers have done however is offer a progressive prize – the game we have in mind is produced by Microgaming. It includes an additional wager for the player to enter the Progressive Jackpot Prize feature, which if won, would definitely be considered to be a bonus.
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