Microgaming Blackjack Variations

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Legends are built on a highly successful, rich history. Microgaming software  is a legend in its own time with credentials that have lead the way in the online gaming industry. This pioneer company was the first among a long line of other software to follow making their debut in 1994.

Microgaming offers a full range of Blackjack variations and is broken down into two specific categories; Standard and Gold. The Gold series Blackjack are faster paced and include higher wager limits and upgraded graphics/animation for a more realistic game experience.

Classic Blackjack

The origins of Blackjack start right here with Classic Blackjack. It is the perfect variation for the more traditional type players. Highly recommended for the newbie learning the basic rules of the game.

Dealer must stand on 17. A Blackjack is Ace with any 10, J, Q, K. Split cards only when dealt a pair. Drawing on Split Aces counts towards 21 only and is not considered Blackjack when a ten point card is dealt after the split. Double down on your first two cards dealt only on 9, 10, or 11 and wagered equivalent to original bet.

Number of decks 1
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

Atlantic City Blackjack

You won’t have to go to New Jersey to play this game. Play and live large the Atlantic City Blackjack is way similar to Classic Blackjack except the dealer’s first card (hole card) is dealt face down. Dealer checks hole card when the second card dealt is an Ace or 10 for Blackjack otherwise must stand on 17. A player is not permitted to surrender if the dealer shows an ace otherwise the cost to surrender is half of starting bet. Players can draw up to a max of 9 cards from the dealer after the initial 2 cards have been dealt.

Double down is permitted on the first 2 cards including after a split with the exception of Blackjack.

Play up to 4 hands at once with split and re-spitting option allowed. Aces may be split however player receives one card only and automatically has to stand.

Number of decks 8
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split 2
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

Bonus Blackjack

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Who doesn’t love a Bonus! Add more winning potential to your game play by placing a Bonus bet on the side which allows players three more payouts. There are a couple of rules players should note that are different from standard Blackjack: dealer must draw on soft 17 and surrender is not permitted.

Re-split up to three times with the exception of Aces which can be split only once. Dealt a 10 point card on a split ace counts as 21 not Blackjack.

Double down permitted after first to cards dealt or after a split. Bet on double down must be 50% of your original wager.

Insurance bet is not permitted except on any double down or split. If the dealer gets blackjack the player loses the insurance bet.

*Bonus Bet payouts include 5:2 on 2 suited cards dealt. 25:1 on suited Jack and Ace. 50:1 on Ace and Jack of spades suited.

Number of decks 2
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1 - *Additional payouts on Bonus bet.
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender No
Insurance Yes

Big Five Blackjack

Time to roll out more decks in this game. Played with 5 decks the dealer must hit on soft 17. Split up to three times on any 2 cards except aces that can be split only once. After the split 21 does not count as Blackjack. If the dealer shows an ace an insurance bet is permitted on the first hand only.

A surrender bet is 50% of original bet. Double down on first 2 cards or after the split. Cannot double down on a blackjack hand.

Number of decks 5
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

Double Exposure Blackjack

As the name implies this is truly a double exposure experience starting with the dealer getting to cards face up. Because there is a player advantage the payouts are less. In this game the dealer hits on soft 17 and players are allowed to split twice including aces which allow players only one draw card.

Double down works here when total card count adds up to 9, 10 or 11 on your first two cards plus after the split but not on a Blackjack. Surrender option is not available for this game. Tie with dealer on Blackjack player wins, all other ties dealer wins.

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt Two up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender No
Insurance Yes
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European Blackjack

Definitely a favorite in Europe it has made its way to an international level of players. This popular classic has 8 decks in play. Dealer stands on 17 and only one split is allowed including aces. If the ace split card is a 10 point card it is considered 21 not Blackjack.

Surrender in this game is not available however double down is on any 9, 10 or 11 on your initial cards only.

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split No
Split Aces Yes
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender No
Insurance Yes

Hi Lo 13 European Blackjack

Similar to the European Blackjack that it is played in the same way except for one perk; players can place an optional side bet based on the total sum of their first two cards giving them an advantage of an extra payout.

Rules for the side bet have 1, 2 or 3 ways to wager including low – below 13, hi – over 13 and 13 with an option to bet on all three. *Payouts for low 1:1, hi – 1:1 and 13 - 10:1

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1 *Additional payout on side bet
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

High Streak European Blackjack

Played like the traditional Classic European Blackjack the difference here is the High Streak side bet offering more exciting ways to cash-in. The High Streak bet works like this:

Win up to an additional 4 times by winning every consecutive hand along the way. Bet each time you move up to the next level. Every new level increases the payout potential. Max Bet is 200 credits with payouts on *2nd bet - 1:1, 3rd - 2:1, 4th - 5:1 and 5th level - 10:1.

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1 – *Additional payout on High Streak bet
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split No
Split Aces Yes – draw permitted
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes
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Perfect Pairs European Blackjack

Combine skill and luck in this otherwise standard European Blackjack game. Dealer stands on hard or soft 17. Split is permitted once including aces. Double down on 9, 10 or 11, surrender option is not available.

Here is where luck steps in; place a side bet on being dealt one of three different pairs. *A Perfect pair is set two of the same numbers and same suit 30:1, colored pair is a set of the same number and same color 15:1, mixed pair is same number but of a different suit 7:1.

Number of decks 1
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1, *additional payouts for side bet
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split No
Split Aces Yes – draw permitted
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

Pontoon

This British favorite requires a bit of practice time to learn the game. There are 2 terms to get accustomed to: “twist” means hit and “stick” means stand. Dealer is dealt two cards face down and peeks to determine a winning hand, if so game ends. If not, player must twist under 15 with an option to buy another card on 2, 3, or 4 and double your bet size.

Re-split is allowed once for another bet and in this game Aces split with a 10 point card counts as Pontoon (blackjack).

The best winning hand is a Five Card Trick: this requires buying and holding 5 cards with a total score of 21 or less. A Pontoon is a blackjack (ace and 10 point card) hand. Next is 4 cards or less totaling 21 or less or a standard hand less than 21.

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Pontoon or Five Card Trick 2:1 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt Two down
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down No
Surrender No
Insurance No

Spanish Blackjack

Hola and welcome to Spanish Blackjack. In this exciting game the 10’s are removed from the deck which results in a harder way to get Blackjack, but the challenge makes it that much more intriguing. Dealer must hit on 17 soft, player can split a total of three times. Double down on the equivalent of your original bet on any hand including after the split or hit with exception of Spanish Blackjack. Lose half your bet on surrender and insurance is equal to your original bet.

*Additional payouts include: 5 cards 3:2, 6 cards 2:1, 7 or more cards 3:1, 6/7/8 or 7/7/7 mixed suit 2:1 (same suit) 3:2 (all spades) 3:1. Big payout for 7/7/7 and the dealer has a 7 facing 50:1.

Number of decks 8
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Insurance 2:1 - *Additional payouts
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes
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Super Fun 21 Blackjack

This game is indeed fun because there are 2 Bonus payouts. Dealer stands on any 17. Splitting has restrictions and is only allowed when there unlike pairs totaling 10 points and aces are not allowed for re-split. Play a total of 4 hands after re-splitting.

Double down bet same as original bet including aces split and after split on all other cards. Insurance available for bet size equal to initial bet and surrender allowed resulting in the loss of half our bet. Score 20 or less on 6 cards and win regardless of dealer hand.

*Additional payouts include: Blackjack in diamonds 2:1, score 21 on 6 or more cards 2:1.

Number of decks 1
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 1:1 – Insurance 2:1 *Additional payouts
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes

Triple 7s Blackjack

This is Progressive Jackpot Blackjack with 5 extra potential payouts. If you are looking to win huge Jackpots this is the game for you. This action packed game is a Microgaming exclusive. What sets this game apart from traditional Blackjack is players must make a 1 credit side bet. Dealer stands on all 17 and player may split (including aces) but re-splitting is not permitted. Split aces with a 10 point card counts as 21 but not Blackjack. Double down only allowed on 9, 10 or 11 and only before a split.

*Additional payouts: Applies to all first cards - 7 any suit 5:1 – two cards 7s any suit 25:1, two cards 7s same suit 50:1, 3 cards 7s any suit 250:1, 3 cards 7s same suit 1000:1, 3 cards diamond 7s wins Progressive Jackpot.

Number of decks 1
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 500 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split No
Split Aces Yes – draw permitted
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender Yes
Insurance Yes
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Vegas Downtown Blackjack

Play like they do in downtown Vegas in the classic Blackjack tradition except in this game there are two decks. Dealer hits on soft 17 and player may split and re-split up to two times for a max 4 hands in play. Split aces can take only one card then must stand and any 10 point cards do not constitute Blackjack. Double down bet permitted including after the split excluding a dealt Blackjack.

Number of decks 2
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender No
Insurance Yes

Vegas Single Deck Blackjack

It doesn’t get much more traditional and easier than this using one deck playing by the similar rules of classic Blackjack. In this game dealer hits on soft 17, split hand allowed however re-split not permitted. Split aces must stand after one card and Blackjack doesn’t not apply on any 10 point card dealt, instead 21.

 

Double down on 9, 10 or 11 total point value only. Bet size equal to original bet for double down and insurance.

Number of decks 1
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On Hard 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split No
Split Aces Yes
Double Down 9-10 -A
Surrender No
Insurance Yes

Vegas Strip Blackjack

After playing Downtown Blackjack it’s time to head to the strip in this game using 4 decks. Dealer stands on all 17 and players can split (aces too) and re-split twice for a max of 4 playing hands. Split aces do not count towards Blackjack when 10 point card is dealt instead 21. Double down permitted only before the split and not when dealt Blackjack.

Number of decks 4
Bet Size Minimum 1 credit/max 200 credits
Payout Blackjack 3:2 – Winning hand no BJ 1:1 – Insurance 2:1
Dealer Stands On all 17
Dealer’s first card dealt One up
Split Yes
Re-Split Yes
Split Aces Yes
Double Down All
Surrender No
Insurance Yes
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