Microgaming Blackjack Casino Games OnlineBy: Adam Baker, Wednesday September 7th 2011
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Microgaming is the leading online gaming software provider with the largest number of games in its portfolio. It also offers the largest number of blackjack games, numbering over 40. These are not all unique variants, but many differ in the format only. The blackjack games are divided into three broad categories at Microgaming online casinos. One category is multi hand. Players can wager on up to five hands at the same time in these blackjack variants. The single hand category allows players to wager on only one hand at a time. The third category is high limit. The betting range in normal single hand and multi hand games is from 1 credit to 200 credits. The betting range in the high limit games is from 200 credits to 5,000 credits. There are only four high limit games offered, which are Atlantic City Gold Single Hand, Atlantic City Gold Multi Hand, European Blackjack Gold Single Hand and Vegas Downtown Gold Single Hand. The single hand and the multi hand games are available in the standard and the Gold variants. The only difference is that the Gold series games have a more elegant visual table setting. There is no difference in the rules or features offered.
If one disregards the differences described above, then the current Microgaming range of unique blackjack games reduces to 15. Out of these four variants are the exact replicates of blackjack games played in leading land casino centers. These are European Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Vegas Strip Blackjack. These games do not have any frills like side bets, progressive jackpots or tweaked rules and are meant for the hard core blackjack players. European Blackjack follows the rules of the casinos in the Riviera and other European casino centers. It is different from the American variants mainly because the dealer does not check for blackjack before the player makes his moves. Blackjack is played differently in Vegas Strip casinos and Vegas Downtown casinos. In Vegas Strip Blackjack the dealer stands on all 17, whereas in Vegas Downtown Blackjack the dealer hits on soft 17. Atlantic City Blackjack follows the Vegas Strip rule of dealer standing on all 17. The difference is that Atlantic City Blackjack allows late surrender.
Microgaming blackjack variants come on their own in the other innovative games. These include Big 5 Blackjack, Bonus Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, Double Exposure, Perfect Pairs, Pontoon, Spanish Blackjack, Hi Lo 13, High Streak Blackjack, Super Fun 21 and Triple 7. Some of these variants can be played at the online casinos powered by other software providers. Bonus Blackjack offers a side bet that must be placed upfront. It is decided on the player's first two cards. Jack and Ace of spades pays 50 to 1; any other suited jack and ace pays 25 to 1 and any other combination of suited cards pays 5 to 2. Hi Lo 13 also offers a side bet that is decided on the player's first two cards. If the two card total is greater than 13 then the Hi side bet pays even money, if the two card total is less than 13 then the Lo bet pays even money and if the two card total is 13 then the '13' bet pays 10 to 1.
All these blackjack variants can be played at Microgaming powered online casinos like Platinum Play, Spin Palace and Jackpot City Online Casino.
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