Blackjack is a very popular popular table game. Being so widespread all around the world it was slightly modifies and curretly there are several variations of the game. European blackjackis one of the most famous variations and it is available at our casino in a graphically rich version. The game has simple rules that are similar to classic blackjack rules and it can be enjoyed by players with a range of bankroll sizes.
European Blackjack vs. Classic Blackjack
European blackjack is very similar to the classic blackjack game available at almost every casino. There are a few notable differences and this adds to the excitement of the game. The first difference you will notice when playing European blackjack is that while the player is dealt two cards face up like in classic blackjack, the dealer will only be dealt one card. The face down card, or hole card, is only dealt once the player has completed his hand. When it comes to doubling down, the player will only be given the opportunity to double down when his hand totals 9, 10 or 11. For any other hand totals, the double down option will not be available.
The other noticeable difference with European blackjack is in the house rules for the dealer. Unlike many other variations of the game when the dealer is required to stand on hard 17 and hit on soft 17, in European blackjack, the dealer must stand on a hard or soft 17.
How to play?
To begin a game of European blackjack at Casino Midas, you must place your bet (don’t forget that, with us, you can even play blackjack for free. In that case, of course, you will not be betting your real money!) You will then be dealt two cards face up and the dealer will be dealt one card face up. The aim of the game is to achieve a total hand value of closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. Each card has a value. Cards two through ten have their face value; face cards have a value of ten and Ace has a value of one or eleven depending on the value of the other cards in the hand.
Once the cards have been dealt, you will need to play your hand. There are a number of actions you can take to complete your hand.
- Stand – Receive no more cards and end your turn.
- Hit – Receive one more card. You can continue to hit until you choose to stand or you go bust (over 21).
- Split – You are able to split two identically valued cards into two separate hands with two separate bets. These hands are each played separately. If the split was made on a pair of Aces, you can only hit once per new hand.
- Double down – In European blackjack you are only able to double down when the value of your hand is 9, 10 or 11.
- Insurance – If the dealer’s up-card is an Ace, you are able to take out an insurance bet. The insurance bets costs half the ante. If the dealer has blackjack, the player will win 2 to 1 on the insurance bet.
Once the player has completed his hand, the dealer will be dealt his second card face up. The dealer will then play his hand according to the house rules of the casino. You will be paid out for a win. You are then able to adjust your bet if you wish and continue playing additional hands. If you lose, your bet will be collected and play will continue. If the hand is a tie, the bet will be a push, meaning that you recoup your ante bet.
Remember: in European blackjack the dealer must hit on any hard or soft 16 and must stand on any hard or soft 17.
How to win at European Blackjack?
There are three ways you can win:
- You get Blackjack. Blackjack pays out 3 to 2.
- You get closer to 21 than the dealer without going bust. You are paid out even money.
- The dealer’s hand goes bust, while yours does not. You are paid out even money.