Microgaming European Blackjack Redeal Gold SeriesBy: Ryan Alders, Sunday April 7th 2013
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How often have online blackjack players faced this scenario? Having taken a stand on a hand value of 20 they see the dealer with a hand value of 16. They expect the dealer to bust on the next card, but up comes a five and the player loses. Or take a look at this scenario. Against the dealer’s 10 value card and their hand value of 12, the player hits. He gets a 10 and busts. The player curses his bad luck but there was no turning back the clock. Now the clock can be turned back in a new online blackjack variant from Microgaming titled European Blackjack Redeal Gold Series. It allows players to redeal his hand, or the dealer’s hand or his last card. This comes at a cost because there is no such thing as a free lunch and there are conditions attached.
Before getting down to the details of the redeal option in this Microgaming online blackjack variant it would be better to get the other rules out of the way. As the name suggests this is a European Blackjack variant so there is no hole card dealt and no checking for blackjack upfront by the dealer. The dealer stands on all 17 and the blackjack game is played with two decks. Both these rules tilt the game slightly in the player’s favor. The insurance bet is not offered, but that is no loss because this bet is a losing proposition. The detailed rules for the split and double down moves can be accessed in the usual Microgaming manner by moving the cursor over the Games Rules icon.
The Redeal Rules are as follows. Players can redeal up to a maximum of five times per hand. Redeal My Hand option eliminates all the cards dealt to the player and deals the two pocket cards again. Redeal Last Card option redeals the player’s last card only. Redeal Dealer Hand option redeals all dealer cards. If the player busts then the dealer’s hand cannot be dealt again. But the player’s hand or last card can be dealt again after a player bust. If the player is dealt a blackjack or reaches 21 there is no option to redeal. There is no redeal after a split or double down. Each redeal option displays the redeal cost. Some redeals are offered for free. But those are on hands highly advantageous to the player where it would be counterproductive to redeal.
As soon as the initial cards are dealt the player is provided the option to redeal his hand or the dealer’s hand. The costs of these redeals are less than the player’s ante wager. The maximum that the player can win is an amount equal to the ante wager and hence it would be pointless paying more than that for a redeal. As soon as the player makes the first hit, the option to redeal his last card is added. The situation that is more of a disadvantage to the player has a higher redeal cost. Once the player has bust, the cost of redeal may exceed the ante bet. This is because at that point of time the ante bet becomes a sunk cost, which the player will lose if he does not redeal.
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