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Playtech Casino Blackjack Games Online

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday January 12th 2012
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Among the leading and established online casino software providers, Playtech has the smallest collection of blackjack games. The focus of Playtech has been on arcade games after online slots and that may be the reason for the fewer number of blackjack variants. But the quality of these blackjack games is as good as any other.

The standard variant of blackjack is titled Blackjack. No tag like European or Vegas Strip has been attached as is the practice by other software providers. The rules of the game state that the dealer will not check for blackjack in any case, and this defines it as a European variant. The detailed rules for splitting and doubling are given in the Help file. One of the innovative features is that a player 10 card Charlie automatically wins. This Playtech Blackjack can be played in a multi hand format with up to five hands.

For players who like American blackjack variants the game is Blackjack Surrender. In this game the dealer checks for blackjack if his initial hand has an Ace or a ten-value card as the face up card. This is the practice in American land casinos and is also slightly more favorable to the player as compared to the European variant. The other advantage is that the player can surrender after the dealer checks for blackjack and recover half his wager.

There are a few innovative blackjack variants offered by Playtech. Perfect Blackjack is the most common of these. In addition to the main game players can place a side bet on the player or the dealer being dealt a pair in the initial hand. Any pair pays 6 to 1, a colored pair pays 12 to 1 and the perfect or suited pair pays 25 to 1. The side bets cannot be placed unless the main game is played, but can win even if the player loses the main game.

The flagship Playtech blackjack variant is Blackjack Switch. It is not offered by any other software provider. The player has to play with two hands. After the initial cards are dealt the player can switch the top cards in the two hands. Very often this move can convert two weak hands into two strong ones. The price is that blackjack pays even money. Blackjack Switch has an optional Super Match side bet. Another unique Playtech blackjack variant is Lucky Blackjack. It is more of a fixed odds game based on blackjack. Only the dealer's hand is dealt and the objective is to predict the final value of the dealer hand. The options are from 17 to 21, along with dealer blackjack and bust. The payouts range from 2 to 1 for bust to 19 to 1 for blackjack.

21 Duel Blackjack is an intriguing game in which the player's moves are somewhat modified. The player is dealt one card face up and the other card face down. Then two communal cards are dealt, common for both the player and the dealer. The player first has to choose one of the communal cards as his second card. If he is satisfied with the hand value he should stand. If he hits then his face down card is added to the hand. This is the final card he gets. The dealer's hand is automatically played in a similar manner and the two final hands are compared as usual.

Other Playtech blackjack variants include Pontoon and Progressive Blackjack. All these games are live at Playtech online casinos like Casino Tropez, Golden Palace and Omni Casino.

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