Progressive blackjack is very similar to the original game, its rules and aims for the player are basically the same. The traditional version allows players regular wins in the long term with payouts of 3/2, however, the progressive version is something more and more players are now turning to.
Blackjack is one of our favourite all-time casino games, but Progressive Blackjack just takes things up a notch.
How to play
The main aim, as we’ve said, closely mirrors the classic blackjack game.
Blackjack is usually played with a standard 52-card deck however many online casinos have ramped this up, up to 8 decks being used for progressive jackpot variants containing a total of some 416 cards.
For many operators, six decks are what has been settled upon. The player and the dealer are dealt two cards each as usual, with only one of the dealer’s cards being shown. The dealer’s second card remains face down and is known as their hole card.
How to Play Progressive Blackjack
Payouts in progressive blackjack’s main bets are the same as what you’ll find in any brick-and-mortar casino. Should the player beat the dealer, the payout is 1/1 or ‘even-money’. If the player was to score a natural blackjack with a hand containing an ace and jack, queen, or king, then this goes up to 3/2.
Remember; in any blackjack game, jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10, the ace is worth 1 or 11 and all other cards are given their face value.
In most progressive blackjack games online, your virtual dealer must stand on a soft 17. A soft hand of course has to contain an ace which is counted as an 11, meaning that if the dealer has an ace and a 6 to total 17, they must stand.
Rules such as this can vary from casino to casino, operator to operator, so always check out the rules for the room you’re in. In most popular versions of progressive blackjack, any surrender option for players is not available to always keep that in mind.
With this variant of the game, some progressive jackpots are available. As long as you keep your game sensible and don’t take many risks, especially considering that the dealer has to stand on a soft 17, then you could be in for some big payouts.
Return to Player
Variants of this game and the different operators of it mean the RTP can change. Generally speaking, a return to player percentage of over 99.53% could be expected which is a great return.
Always remember though, that the RTP is a figure taken from all players across an entire month of play. How much you win depends on your stake level, and how often you win really just depends on your luck.
Given the need for the dealer to stand on a soft 17, we like our chances in progressive blackjack! It’s a new twist on an old game which is a very welcome one indeed.