Microgaming Blackjack Basics: House Edge Variants

As the oldest casino software, and one that is used on the biggest and most trusted casinos (including Spin Palace and Royal Vegas) it’s fair to say that Microgaming is a pretty big deal. Whether you prefer baccarat, roulette or slots, there is a little something here for everyone.

One of the areas in which this software has always excelled, however, is with blackjack. There are plenty of variants of blackjack on Microgaming, each with its own pros and cons. In this article we’ll cover all of these, looking at the basic rule tweaks, dealer activity and payout percentage.

Double Exposure

By far the best blackjack variant on Microgaming, Double Exposure offers the lowest house edge, and therefore the highest return. The main rule difference here is that both dealer cards are visible at all times, which helps the player immensely.

Vegas Single Deck

Using one deck of cards, this has one of the highest payout percentages, coming in at 99.69%. There is no re-splitting of aces or doubling after splits, and you can only split once. This is our second favorite blackjack game on the Microgaming casino software, and the best one that was created to match the Classic Blackjack rules.

Atlantic City

At 99.65%, the return here is probably much better than the return on many actual AC blackjack tables. Dealer stands on soft 17, 4 decks are used and the player can make up to 3 splits.

Bonus Blackjack

With two decks used and the dealer hitting on soft 17, Bonus Blackjack offers a decent return of 99.62%, which is a surprise for side bet blackjack variants such as this.

Vegas Strip

With 4 decks, the rules here closely resemble the rules of blackjack on the Las Vegas Strip. That means that the dealer stands on soft 17, whilst the player can double after splits.

European Blackjack

Although it uses the European Blackjack rules, which tend to favor the house, Microgaming’s version of European Blackjack is actually a little fairer. The return here is 99.60% . The player can double 9, 10 and 11 and they can re-split. The dealer stands on soft 17 and two decks of cards are used. Blackjacks, or “naturals”, pay 3 to 2 and there aren’t any major differences with American blackjack games.

European Blackjack Re-deal

Despite having the same rules as the above game, including the same number of decks and the same return percentage, there is one major difference with the “Re-deal’ variant. This game basically allows the player to deal again. They can choose to force the dealer to deal again, to get a new hand for themselves or to re-deal their previous card. They need to pay for these moves and the price varies depending on which card they want to re-deal.

Premier High Streak Blackjack

With the lowest return of any of the Microgaming blackjack variants, this uses two decks and there are no splits, re-splits, peeks or surrenders. There is a progressive jackpot of sorts though, in that the player gets some extra cash if they win several games in a row, making this a great choice if your luck is in.

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