American Blackjack is one from Betsoft's range of blackjack games. All the blackjack games that Betsoft produce have slightly different rules that alter the house edge. The house edge in American Blackjack is a mere 0.65 percent, but even that is not 'as good as it gets'. Two other games in Betsoft's range – Single Deck blackjack and Super 7 blackjack – both have house edges of 0.38 percent and 0.46 percent respectively. Don't forget that the house edge is only this low when you play using perfect strategy.
The game has three positions from which you can make a bet, so you can play up to three hands at once against the dealer's hand if you so choose. To make your wager, select your chip size from the selection available towards the bottom right hand corner of the screen, then click on the 'place bet' spaces. When you're ready to see what the dealer has in store for you, hit the 'deal' button.
Here is the important stuff that you need to know:
- Six decks are used, but the deck is shuffled after each deal
- You can split all pairs, but you cannot re-split
- You may double down after splitting
- There's no late surrender
- Dealer only checks for blackjack if his face-up card is an ace and insurance is taken. Insurance pays 2-1.
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- You can only double down on totals of ten and eleven
- Dealer must stand on seventeen and draw to sixteen
Your playing options are available as a series of buttons at the bottom of the screen. If some options are not available to you, they are greyed out. Results are announced by an American voice (as you might expect with this being American blackjack), but he can be told to put a sock in it.
There's not a lot to say about this game. The graphics are decent enough – better than some but not as good as others. The cards flip nicely across the screen, and you have three speed settings to choose from. Other than that … well … it's a blackjack game with a house edge of 0.65 percent. That's really all you need to know.
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