RTG Online Blackjack Casino GamesBy: Adam Baker, Friday October 21st 2011
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The leading software provider Realtime Gaming (RTG) offers a small but quality selection of blackjack games at its online casinos. The selection includes the standard variants and some innovative variants as well. At the RTG online casinos the blackjack games are listed under "21" Games, which is a sub section of Table Games in the games menu.
Blackjack is played differently in the land casinos of America and of Europe. Both variants are offered at RTG online casinos. The American variant is referred to simply as Blackjack. In the American version the dealer peeks for blackjack if his face up card is a ten value card. If he has a blackjack then the player loses without being given a chance to make any move. Some of the other defining rules of RTG Blackjack are dealer hits on soft 17; player can double on any two cards and one card is dealt on split aces. In European Blackjack the dealer exposes his face down card in all circumstances only after the player has made his moves. Some of the other defining rules of European Blackjack are dealer stand on soft 17; player can double on hard 9, 10 and 11 only and one card is dealt on split aces.
The crucial feature of blackjack games is that the player or dealer must not exceed a hand value of 21. Therefore RTG offers a number of unique blackjack variants carrying the "21" suffix. In Face Up 21 both cards of the dealer are dealt face up. This gives the player significant advantage in his game play. Therefore blackjack wins pay only even money as compared to the usual 3 to 2. Also the ties do not push. The player wins blackjack ties and the dealer wins all other ties. Pontoon is a popular land casino blackjack variant that is the inverse of Face Up 21. In Pontoon both the cards of the dealer are dealt face down making it more difficult for the player. The blackjack is referred to as Pontoon in this game and it pays 2 to 1. Quite a few of the rules are different and players at RTG online casinos should understand them well before wagering on Pontoon.
Match Play 21 is an interesting blackjack variant offered at RTG online casinos. It has two salient differences from normal blackjack games. There are no 10s in the playing card decks. Special payouts have been designated for specified player hands. These are awarded automatically without any extra bet. The highest payout is for "Match Play 21". In this hand the player must have three 7s of the same suit and the dealer's face up card must also be a 7. Match Play 21 pays at 40 to 1. In Super 21 a diamond blackjack pays 2 to 1. Also five card hands and six card hands totaling to 21 pay 2 to 1. To compensate for this all other blackjack hands pay even money. BJ + Perfect Pairs is the final RTG blackjack variant. In Perfect Pairs also certain hands offer extra payouts but a separate Perfect Pairs bet has to be wagered. If the player is dealt a pair in the first two cards the payout is 6 to 1. If the cards in the pair are of the same color then the payout is 12 to 1. If the cards in the pair are of the same color and suit then the payout is 25 to 1.
All these blackjack variants can be played at RTG online casinos like Cherry Red, Slots Plus, Club World and Silver Oak.
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