Blackjack Games by Software ProvidersBy: Fabian Rictor, Saturday June 12th 2010
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After slots blackjack games are the most popular at online casinos. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that blackjack games offer the least house edges of any casino games. The second reason is that blackjack games require a fair degree of skill, which makes them more exciting. All leading online gaming software providers offer blackjack games in their portfolio. The standard variants are provided by all. In addition each software provider offers some unique variants by which it can be distinguished.
Microgaming has by far the largest number of blackjack games in its portfolio. It offers 43 games out of which 25 games are single hand and the rest are multi hand. In the multi hand games players can wager on 5 hands at a time and better replicate land casino experience. The later additions are in the Gold Series, which offers a more elegant playing environment. Microgaming also has a progressive jackpot blackjack game called Triple Sevens in which the jackpot is hit when the player is a dealt three sevens of diamonds. Microgaming offers blackjack variants based on the games from all major land casino destinations including Europe, Atlantic City, Vegas Downtown and Vegas Strip. It also offers variants developed especially for online gaming such as Double Exposure in which both cards of the dealer are dealt face up.
Cryptologic offers 11 blackjack variants. Some of these variants offer different bet ranges and therefore appear separately in the listing. Most of the games are single player games. Cryptologic also has a progressive jackpot blackjack variant. The landmark Cryptologic variant is the 8 Deck Video Blackjack. In this game the player can play up to 5 hands against up to 50 hands of the dealer. In this way up to 250 hands can be played simultaneously. The standard Atlantic City, Vegas and European versions are also offered.
WagerWorks offers 11 blackjack variants most of which focus on creating innovative formats. In Double Attack the dealer’s up card is dealt first and the player has the option of doubling his wager. The player’s cards are then dealt and the game proceeds normally. Power Blackjack and Hot Streak Blackjack are the other popular blackjack variants at WagerWorks online casinos.
Realtime Gaming offers 7 blackjack variants. Apart from Vegas Blackjack and European Blackjack the popular versions are Pontoon and Perfect Pairs. Pontoon is a challenging game because both cards of the dealer are dealt face down and the player is playing blind.
Playtech offers only 6 blackjack variants. However what it loses in quantity it makes up in quality. Two of the blackjack variants it offers are not only very innovative but also unique. In Blackjack Switch players play two hands against the dealer and can switch their second cards to make their hands stronger. Lucky Blackjack is even more different because the objective is not to beat the dealer but to guess his final hand value.
Vegas Technology and Rival Gaming online casinos are not the gaming sites for blackjack fans. Rival gaming offers only the standard Vegas variant in single hand and multi hand formats. Vegas Technology is a bit better. It offers the standard Vegas Strip and European games and Perfect Pairs that has a side bet and Progressive Blackjack that has a progressive jackpot.
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