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Microgaming Bonus Blackjack

By: Fabian Rictor, Monday September 24th 2012
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The leading software provider Microgaming offers a game titled Bonus Blackjack. The game is also available in the Gold Series. As is the case with the Microgaming Gold Series games, Bonus Blackjack Gold Series has a more elegant table display and a larger playing area. The rules are identical, except that Bonus Blackjack Gold Series has a minimum wager of 5 credits as against a minimum wager of 1 credit in Bonus Blackjack. The maximum wager in both variants is 1,000 credits. Both Bonus Blackjack and Bonus Blackjack Gold Series are available in multi hand format as well, where the player can play up to five hands against the dealer’s hand.

The game play in Microgaming Bonus Blackjack is the same as in any other blackjack variant. The exact rules can be ascertained by moving the cursor over the Games Rules icon on the screen. There is a comprehensive Help file available that would be of use to new players. The most important rule in Microgaming Bonus Blackjack is that it follows the American hole card format. The hole card is dealt to the dealer and if the dealer’s face up card is an ace or a ten value card then the dealer checks for blackjack. This offers a slight advantage to the player. Another advantage is that the game is played with two decks instead of the usual six or eight decks. In blackjack the return to the player increases as the number of decks is decreased. Therefore many players at Microgaming online casinos ignore the optional bonus bet and wager on Bonus Blackjack because of the above advantages.

The other important rules in Microgaming Bonus Blackjack are as follows. The dealer has to hit on soft 17. The player can double down on any two cards and even double down after a split. Players can split three times to make up to four hands. Aces can be spilt only once and only one card can be dealt to split aces. A split ace and a ten value card will count as 21 and not as a blackjack. Unlike ten value cards can be split.

The bonus bet is optional but has to be placed up front along with the ante bet. It is paid depending on the first two cards dealt to the player, irrespective of whether the player ultimately wins or loses the main game. Historically the blackjack hand originally was only the jack and ace of spades. Later every hand with an ace and a ten value card was classified as blackjack. In Microgaming Bonus Blackjack the bonus bet pays 50 to 1 for the jack and ace of spades. Any suited jack and ace pays 25 to 1. A combination of any suited cards pays 5 to 2. Only the highest ranked combination results in a payout.

One of the most exciting features of Microgaming Bonus Blackjack is Auto Play with Strategy Card. This feature is available in the Expert Mode. Players must click the Auto Play tab to open the set up box. The players can select from options available that range from 5 auto deals to 500 auto deals. Players can also enable the conditions at which they want the auto play to abort. The auto plays will use the moves described in the strategy card. Microgaming Bonus Blackjack is live at online casinos like Platinum Play, Golden Riviera and Spin Palace.

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