What’s the Deal with European Blackjack at Slots of Vegas?

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Classic casino games are great for many reasons. Most everyone knows how to play, the rules tend to be simple, and they are straight up fun. One other strong reason, aside from these first ones and all the others, is that variations can spring up from them quite with ease. Blackjack, one of those classic casino games, has spawned a bunch of variations. At Slots of Vegas we have many of the numerous black jack variations. One particular variation that we’d like to highlight is European Blackjack. Go on and check it out here at Slots of Vegas!

The Rules

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Knowing the rules to European Blackjack, or any other game for that matter, is essential to playing well.

  • The dealer or card dealing shoe uses two decks of cards to play.
  • If the dealer gets a soft 17, or a 17 that was acquired by hitting, the dealer must stand.
  • Players may double their bets on totals 9 and 11. In other words, if your cards add up to be either 9 or add up to be 11 between them, then you can raise your bet to twice the original bet amount.
  • Players may not double after a split. This means that once you split the two cards that were delt to you (if the cards that were dealt to you were “splitable”) then even if you get a 9 or an 11 total on either of your two hands, you will not be allowed to double your bets on your hands.
  • Player loses total bet, including after doubling or splitting, if the dealer has blackjack, or 21. This is pretty standard. As a side note to this, the house’s advantage for European Blackjack is .39% under these guidelines. The usual house advantage for a game of Blackjack played with 6 decks of cards is .28%. The game of Blackjack as played in the majority of casinos uses 8 decks of cards. That gives the house an advantage of .3%.

The rest of the rules that are usually applied for “normal” Blackjack also apply here.

Special Considerations

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  • The game consists of 2 sides, the dealer and the player or players. The object of Blackjack is to add card values up as close as you can to 21, or to get a higher value then the dealer. Card values are as follows 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are valued as shown. The face cards, Jack, Queen, King have a value of 10, and Aces have a value of 11 or as 1, which is the players choice.
  • A player must place a bet, and is then dealt 2 cards. In traditional Blackjack, one card is usually dealt face down and the second face up. Online blackjack deals both cards face up for ease of play. At this time the player decides whether they would like an additional card (hit) or if they wish to stay with their current cards (stand). A player may request more cards as often as they wish, but once the card values add up to more then 21, the player’s game is over, this is known as going “bust”.
  • When a player is dealt two cards of equal value, they have the option of splitting their cards into 2 separate hands. At this time each card is dealt an additional card and each hand is treated as a separate hand so the player can play each hand as they choose.
  • If a player wishes they may double their bet and receive 1 more card from the dealer. This is only possible if the player’s card values are 9 or higher.
  • If the dealers face up card is an Ace the player then has the option of placing an insurance bet. If the dealer has a blackjack, all bets tie, your original bet and your insurance bet.

At Slots of Vegas, we have European Blackjack, one of the many variations of the classic casino game. Stop by and try a few hands for free first to see if you like this variation.

Susan Sedlak

Susan Sedlak is a writer based on San Diego, California. Being an avid player, and most importantly, an avid blog reader, Susan knows how to deliver interesting, highly entertaining articles.

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