Aspire Global’s subsidiary Wizard Games has released its online multi-hand version of the classic table game, Blackjack.
Dating back to the 1700s and remaining “a firm favourite” amongst gamblers to this day, the aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand without the player’s cards totaling more than 21.
With this online version of the table game, players can enjoy all the options like splitting, doubling and insurance to enhance their gameplay and boost the payouts.
The game is played with six standard decks of 52 cards and the player can play up to three hands at the same time during a round.
Number cards (two to 10) count as per their face value. Meanwhile, a jack, queen and king are worth 10 points. Lastly, the ace can count as either one point or 11 points.
The player competes against the dealer and a round begins with the dealer being dealt two cards, and the player is dealt two cards for each hand they are playing.
If the points value of the player’s cards is higher than the dealer’s hand without going over 21, the player wins. If the player goes over 21, it is a bust and the player immediately loses regardless of the dealer’s hand. When the player and dealer have equal value hands, it is a push, and the player’s bet is returned.
The game also features a history panel which shows the dealer’s winning cards for the last 10 games, with the most recent outcome at the top left of the panel. The dealer will continue to draw cards until their cards total 17 or higher.
If the player is dealt 21 from the start (Ace and 10), it is a Blackjack and the player automatically wins a payout worth 3:2. Blackjack wins over any other hand with a value of 21.
Meanwhile, if the dealer’s first card is an ace, the player has the option to buy insurance in case the dealer will reveal a 10 value card to form Blackjack. Insurance costs half of the initial bet and pays 2:1 if the dealer gets Blackjack. The player loses the insurance bet if the dealer does not have Blackjack.
Additionally, if the player has Blackjack and the dealer’s visible card is an ace, the player has the option to take even money worth 1:1.
Moving onto the option within the game, a split can only be done during the first move, i.e. when the first two cards are revealed. If the first two cards the player is dealt have the same face value, the player can split them into separate hands.
Splitting doubles the initial bet and the player plays both hands, one after the other. After splitting aces the player will receive only one additional card for each split one. For all split hands excluding aces, the player can hit multiple times. In a split hand, an ace and a card with a value of 10 will be counted as 21 and not Blackjack.
Finally, a double can be applied on a hand resulting from a split. The double down bet is equal to the initial bet. After doubling, the player is dealt one extra card and then the hand automatically stands.
With an RTP of 99.59 per cent and a medium to high volatility implemented within the game, players who would like to try a demo version of Wizard Games’ Blackjack can click here to be redirected to the developer’s official website.