How To Play
In most respects, Progressive Blackjack is a completely standard game. It is played with six decks of cards and the aim, as per usual, is to build a hand of cards as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. At the end of a round, if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
When playing Blackjack the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that you can make a hand of 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card, and this is known as Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet and if you so wish, the Progressive Jackpot side bet. You will then receive two face up cards and the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown.
You are then presented with a number of options for your hand, the main ones are ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. If you choose ‘Hit’ you will receive another card to the hand and as long as you haven’t gone bust you will be offered the same options again. If you choose ‘Stand’ then the hand will remain as it is. If you choose ‘Double’ then you will receive one more card to that hand and the game then moves on to the dealer.
On occasion you will be offered additional options. If your first two cards have the same value then you can split them into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the first. You can then play the two hands individually, but if you have split Aces you will only receive one additional card to each hand. Furthermore, if a split hand has an ace and a ten-value card then it is considered 21 and not Blackjack.
If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take out Insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack you are paid 2:1 on the insurance, thereby ensuring you do not lose your original bet.
The dealer will always draw until his hand is worth at least 16 and then will stand as soon as it is worth 17 or more. Winning hands are paid out at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which is paid at 3:2. If your hand is worth the same as the dealer’s is then your bet is returned as a push. Theoretically, you can build a hand of 10 cards without going bust, this is called a 10-Card Charlie and it beats all hands other than Blackjack.
If you have placed the Progressive Blackjack side bet then you could win a number of payouts. To win the progressive jackpot you need to be dealt four consecutive Aces of the same suit. Three suited Aces pays out 5000x, four unsuited Aces pays out 2500x, three unsuited Aces pays out 250x, two suited Aces pays 100x, two unsuited Aces pays 50x and one Ace pays 5x.