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Cryptologic Blackjack Games

By: Joan Peppin, Sunday November 27th 2011
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Like all leading online casino software providers, Cryptologic also offers a number of blackjack variants at its online casinos. There are 12 distinct games, though the number appears far greater in the listing in the Games Menu. This is because of a unique feature of Cryptologic table games. Games with different betting ranges are listed as different games.

For example, the betting range across all listed Atlantic City Blackjack games is from $2 to $5,000. This range is not available in a single variant, but over five of them. The different ranges are $2 to $50, $5 to $250, $25 to $500, $100 to $2,000 and $500 to $5,000. Breaking up the ranges in this manner has no practical purpose. It serves to simulate land casino environment where there are different tables for different ranges. Atlantic City Blackjack betting ranges from $0.10 to $25 are listed under Micro Limit Blackjack. Another unique feature in Cryptologic games listing is that the multiplayer games are listed separately. Therefore all the games listed under Blackjack are single player games. Many of these variants are offered in multi player formats, but those are listed under Multi Player Games in the Games Menu.

The most popular blackjack games are the ones that exactly follow land casino rules with no frills or twists attached. Cryptologic offers blackjack variants from the three major global locations, which are Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Blackjack and European Blackjack. Vegas Blackjack is based on the casinos in The Strip in Las Vegas. Downtown Las Vegas rules are somewhat different. Microgaming is one software provider that has a Vegas Downtown Blackjack variant.

The land casino variants of blackjack are common across all software providers. What differentiates software providers are the innovative variants offered. Perfect Pairs Blackjack is known for its side bets. The side bet wins if the first two cards dealt to the player are a pair. The payout increases if the pair is of the same color and the same suit. Super Fun 21 is another blackjack variant with interesting side bets. Many software providers offer blackjack with a progressive jackpot. The Cryptologic version is titled Progressive Blackjack. The progressive jackpot is hit when the player is dealt four aces of the same color. There are also fixed payouts of various combinations of suited and unsuited aces. A separate wager has to be placed in order to be eligible for the progressive jackpot. Blackjack games offer lower house edges as the number of decks is reduced. In order to cater to players who are extremely house edge conscious Cryptologic offers Double Deck Blackjack and Single Deck Blackjack. Pontoon is a popular variant in which both the dealer's cards are dealt face down.

The blackjack variant that is unique to Cryptologic online casinos is Video Blackjack. It is offered with 4 decks and 8 decks. It takes multi hand blackjack to a new level. Multi hand blackjack is different from multi player blackjack. Multi hand blackjack involves a single player playing a number of hands against a single dealer hand. Cryptologic does not list multi hand games separately but offers most of its blackjack variants in multi hand formats. In Video Blackjack the player can wager on a number of player hands against a number of dealer hands. If a player selects three player hands and three dealer hands he is playing nine blackjack games in all.

All Cryptologic blackjack variants are available at online casinos like VIP Casino and InterCasino.

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