Hot Streak Blackjack
Hot Streak Blackjack is an interesting variation on the classic Vegas-style game that rewards you – if you take on the side bet – for hitting a hot streak.
Most normal rules in this game apply, but if you also bet on the 'Hot Streak Bonus' you can earn yourself extra chips. Each successive win moves your chip one along the streak track until it reaches the '4 wins pays' spot. Each successive win earns you a small bonus – 1.5x for two wins, 3x for three wins and 6x for the maximum four wins. You can risk your extra chips on your next hand, or you can cash in. If you do cash in your winnings, you only get back the chips that you win – your original stake continues to dance along the hot streak track.
The other game rules you need to be aware of are as follows:
- You can double down on any two cards
- You can only split once, and you can double down after a split
- You can hit and double down on split aces
- A 'Six Card Charlie' (a non-busted six-card hand) wins unless the dealer has blackjack
- Dealer must draw up to 16 and stands on all 17s
- There is no dealer hole card
- Six decks are used, but they are shuffled after each hand
- Blackjack pays 3-2
- Insurance is available should the dealer receive an ace, and pays 2-1
You do not lose your hot streak if you tie the dealer's hand, although neither does the streak advance. If you split, then to lose your streak you have to lose both hands. If you win both then your streak advances, but if you win one and lose one, it's treated as a push.
The graphics and sounds used in this game are pretty nifty, and you've a number of options available to customise them. If you're a savvy blackjack player you'll know never to take insurance, and there's a neat option available you can select so you are no longer offered it.
This blackjack variant is not offered by many online casinos and it's easy to see why – that pathetic house edge of 0.2 percent. Obviously, the casino is always going to win in the long run, but their profits are not going to be amazing if every blackjack player switches to this variant.
The graphics, sounds and multiple options all add up to make this an entertaining game. You're unlikely to get rich quick by playing Hot Streak Blackjack, but if you do suddenly find yourself on a hot tear, you might just make yourself a tidy sum, plus you'll have some fun in trying to.
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