Go toe-to-toe with the table and take on the Live Dealers. Go solo or pair up with other players to beat the house. It’s a game of holding your cards and holding your nerve and, unlike most table games, with no fixed house edge, what strategy you employ to bring down the house is entirely up to you. Let Casino Cruise take you on a trip around the islands. And when say islands, we don’t mean the Galapagos; we’re talking blackjack tables. Get onboard and let us take you into the deep, unexplored waters of online blackjack.
Two simple principles to keep in mind when playing is that firstly, splitting, and in some cases, re-splitting your hands vastly improves your chance of beating the dealer. Secondly, dealers in most online blackjack games will stand on a hard 17. However, players in their lifetime will come across online blackjack games where the dealer will hit on soft 17, increasing thereafter the house’s edge to over 0.6%, naturally inhibiting your chance of a return! All sounding like troubled water? Let’s moor off a little further into the vast ocean of online blackjack!
Number of Decks
So now we’ve got you on deck, let’s talk about decks. As a principle, the fewer decks there are shuffled onto the table, the more realistically players will hit that all-coveted blackjack! But casinos don’t want your trip to the online blackjack table to be too laidback – It’s for this reason that they’ll typically use between six and eight decks. Let’s look at some of the best variations Casino Cruise has to offer.
And where better to start than the slick and svelte Blackjack Lobby brought to you by Evolution Gaming; a feature-laden environment equipped with just about every kind of variant to benefit the high-stake rollers and speculative punters. This fully-immersive online blackjack environment offers standard to suit all wallets where stakes start from £10, through to first-class VIP tables where wagers can reach an eye-watering £2,500. For some real pulse-quickening action, players can enjoy some incredible 21+3 and even Perfect Pairs side bets where with every turn of the card comes the potential for huge wins before the dealer’s even in the game!
Or even for a real passenger experience onboard Casino Cruise, when all seats are taken, players can try the Bet Behind feature. Keep an eye out for a seat adorned with a gold medal, that player’s on a hot-streak! Or even if you do have a seat to play your own hand, that doesn’t stop you taking advantage of placing stakes on the seat with the serially-winning-player! With a consistently high RTP of around 99% too, beating the dealer in this online blackjack offering never looked so good!
For the player on the move in search of instant wins, handheld-pioneers NetEnt bring Single Deck Blackjack to the table. This is online blackjack at its simple and sparkling best! With only one deck to draw through, players are closer than ever to netting a blackjack, with a house edge of less than 0.2%! And with a 6/4 payout when dealt a blackjack and 2/1 on any insurance bets, not to mention an equally-high RTP of 99.69%, the sensation of winning couldn’t be any more pronounced in this classy online blackjack outing.
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Or for something to bring to you ever closer to that bricks-and-mortar casino experience, sail into the beautifully-designed and sharply-animated Vegas Single Deck Blackjack Gold from Microgaming. The user-experience of this American-style online blackjack is the closest thing to authentic without hitting the Vegas Strip with buttons, panels and game rules all displayed clearly. Like its NetEnt counterpart, this single deck experience has payouts of 6/4 and 2/1 respectively for blackjack and insurance bets as well as an RTP of 99.69%. But don’t be fooled! While this seems fortuitous, Microgaming have implemented a little obstacle of their own make up for their lowered advantage… Surrendering is prohibited. And whilst for the player, peeking’s cheating, the dealer, once his two face-up/face-down cards are down, if his up-turned card is either a 10 or Ace, the dastardly dealer can take a look at his down-turned one! All the more reason for you to turn the odds on them and get ever-closer to 21!
So an exceedingly low house edge is one of the unifying themes of online blackjack in all forms across all of our sea-faring providers. But what equally unites them is the house’s ability to pack games with some scintillating features to stack the odds back in their favour. It’s just one of the reasons why blackjack is so incredibly popular – hoops for you to jump born out of such a simple format. But one said it’d be plain-sailing! So your best bet is to try out the games from Casino Cruise’s titanic choice of different variations that suits you and get to work on implementing your strategy, allowing you to sink those house edges and upsurge your probability of winning!