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Innovative Online Casino Blackjack Games

By: Adam Baker, Saturday July 25th 2009
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Blackjack is one of the most popular online casino games. The reason is that with perfect play an average payout ratio of close to 100% can be expected. Good blackjack players can play for long times with reasonable assurance that they will not lose a fortune and with a little bit of luck win handsome amounts. However for the more fun loving player blackjack can get boring. It does not have the variety that online slots offer. Therefore online gaming software providers have introduced innovative blackjack games that offer excitement. Some of these innovative blackjack games are discussed in this article.

One way of introducing the innovation in blackjack games is through a side bet. A separate wager is placed for the side bet. The main game proceeds in the normal manner. If the event required for the side bet occurs then the side bet pays out. Perfect Pairs from Vegas Technology is one such innovative blackjack game. In this game the side bet wins if the first two cards dealt to the player form a pair of Jacks. The "perfect pair" is a pair of jack of diamonds. This pair has a payout of 30 to 1. Two jacks of the same color form a colored pair. This excludes two jacks of diamonds, which are the perfect pair. A colored pair has a payout of 10 to 1. Finally two jacks of different colors form a mixed pair. This pair pays out at 5 to 1.

Another recently introduced innovative blackjack game is Hi Lo 13 European Blackjack. This game is from Microgaming. In this game the side bet is decided by the total of the first two cards dealt to the player. There are three side bets on offer. In the first side bet players wager that the total of the first two cards will be less than 13. This bet pays out at even money. In the second side bet players wager that the total of the first two cards will be more than 13. This bet also pays out at even money. In the third side bet players wager that the total of the first two cards will be exactly 13. This bet pays out that 10 to 1. Players can simultaneously wager on two or even all three of the side bets if they want to.

The other way of introducing the innovation is by tweaking the procedure of the game. Blackjack Switch from Playtech is one of the most popular blackjack games of this type. In Blackjack Switch players have to play two hands at the same time. They are allowed to switch the second cards dealt to each hand if they think it will increase their chances of winning. This introduces another element of decision-making and makes the player feel more involved in the game. Double Exposure from Microgaming is another example of an innovative blackjack game. In this game both of the dealer’s cards are exposed upfront. This gives the player more information and thus improves his chances of winning. These innovative blackjack games apparently increase the advantage to the player. However though they increase the player's chances of winning they also reduce the payouts. In these games Blackjack pays at even money instead of 3 to 2. Therefore on the whole the average payout ratio is much lower compared to the normal blackjack games. If players want a little bit of fun and excitement they have to pay a small price for it.

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Comment by: Kevin Jones On: August 20, 2009
This is a cool game and very unique as mentioned. I like seeing games like this that take traditional games and break them out of their shell. I think that Microgaming does a good job innovating on things like this. Their multi-hand power poker and level up video poker variations are quite impressive.
Comment by: T. Bugatto On: August 06, 2009
Blackjack switch is definitely an interesting concept for a blackjack variation. It's always nice to see some innovation when it comes to games that you think cannot be innovative on like these traditional card games. I would be nice to see something like this with craps, roulette and some of the other table games found in casinos.

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