Classic Blackjack for Real Money

classic-blackjackThere is a very attractive Blackjack game which is on offer at all of our showcased and fully approved Microgaming Casinos. This game goes by the name of Classic Blackjack and is a game offering you the ability to play a variant offering the lowest house edge of any online Blackjack game whenever you choose to give it a try.

Obviously you need to know how to play every base game hand optimally and have an understanding of how the game flows in regards to all player and dealer rules, and this is where the following Classic Blackjack game guide will be useful to you, this guide is in fact one of many which makes up part of our Blackjack Game Variants series of playing guides, and we invite you to read through it should you be looking for the best Blackjack game to play online for that is exactly what it is.

Multi Hand versus Single Hand Variant

You will have access to both a single hand version of the Classic Blackjack game and a multi hand variant at Microgaming powered casinos, however be aware that the multi hand game is played with five decks of playing cards as opposed to the one deck game found on the single hand variant.

This difference in decks in the shoe results in the multi hand game playing with a much higher house edge than the single hand variant and as such always avoid playing the multi hand game and stick to playing the single hand variant instead, keep on reading to find out just how large this difference in house edge is.

Dealer and Player Rules

The single hand Classic Blackjack game being the lowest house edge variant is the one we are going to concentrate our efforts on in regards to enlightening you as to the game play rules and all of the soon to be revealed facts and figures of this game.

The Dealer is dealing cards from a single deck shoe and the rules attached to this game will see the deck always being fully shuffled at the end of each game played. When the Dealer’s hand is worth a 17 or higher valued hand then he will stand his hand, this game is designed to be a no peek game and as such the Dealer is not going to be dealing himself a face down card.

When a player chooses to play Microgaming’s Classic Blackjack game he or she is able to play it for one of several different stake levels, the lowest stake that can be wagered to set the game in play is 1.00 and the maximum wager amount is 200.00, be aware that as Microgaming casinos are of course multi currency sites, those stake amounts will be in the currency at which you have opted to set your casino account at.

In regards to what playing and betting decisions you as a player can put into play when playing this real money Blackjack game variant, should your initial two cards be worth 9, 10 or 11 in value then by doubling down you will be able to pay for getting a third card dealt out to your hand. The double down wager much be staked at the same value as your initial wagered amount.

Any two matching cards such as a pair of 2’s or a pair of Queens can be split, cards that are not alike but share the same value such as a 10 and a Jack cannot be split when playing Classic Blackjack online.

Splitting any hand always means you are going to be forced to place another wager of an equal amount onto the Blackjack table as the base game bet to allow you to form two separate hands after you split a pair of cards. You can only split once and if your split cards are Aces then you can have as many additional cards dealt out to them as you like, as long as you do not go over twenty one in value you can keep hitting a split pair of Aces.

Payouts and Playing Tips

The Classic Blackjack game from Microgaming has a house edge of 0.13%, its sister multi hand game due to the increased number of cards in the shoe has an expected house edge of a much larger 0.59%. All winning player Blackjack hands pay 3 to 2 and all other winning hands are rewarded with a payout of even money.

The insurance wager pays out at odds of 2 to 1, but one tip we can pass onto you in regards to the insurance bet is to never take it when offered to you, due to the huge house edge attached to that stand alone optional side bet wager.

There is only going to ever be one optimal way that you can play every single hand dealt out to you when playing Classic Blackjack online, and one which is very easy to remember is in regards to how you should play any pair of Aces. The best way to play an initial hand containing any two Aces is to split them and form two new hands with them.

Should you have been dealt out a pair of matching ten valued cards or have been dealt out a hand which is valued at a soft 20 then the best way to play those hands is to always stick them, hitting a soft 20 hand or splitting a matching pair of ten valued cards is the incorrect playing strategy and one that will cost you a fair amount of money if you do end up hitting or splitting these types of hands.

If you have been dealt out, as your initial two cards a hard 9 valued hand then be prepared to double down that hand if the dealers initial card is a 2 to 6 valued card, should the dealers face up card be worth 7 or higher in value (including an Ace) then hit your hand.

October 6, 2014 - Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.