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Surrender Blackjack

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Blackjack Surrender is a multi-hand game found at casinos running on Grand Virtual software. It has a low house edge of around 0.28%

Grand Virtual’s Surrender Blackjack game comes as single or multi-hand (1 to 3 plays) versions.

Surrender Blackjack features the useful option to concede your hand to the Dealer before playing it when you have a poor starting hand in comparison to what you think the Dealer might have. You’ll lose half your bet, but it means you get to keep the other half.

Game rules

    • 6 Decks
    • Dealer peeks for Blackjack
    • Dealer Stands on all 17s
    • May Split to 4 hands
    • Double Down on any point score
    • Double after Split allowed
    • Re-split Aces allowed
    • May not Hit split Aces
    • Surrender option available
    • 7-Card Charlie wins 

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        Double-Deck Blackjack

        Friday, February 9th, 2007

        These multi-hand 2-deck Blackjack games are found at casinos running on Grand Virtual software.

        Grand Virtual’s Double-Deck Blackjack comes in two versions:

        • Double-Deck Blackjack Micro – accepts lower stakes, max $5
          Double-Deck Blackjack Standard – accepts higher stakes, max $150

        In each case, you can choose between single or multi-hand (1 to 3 plays) versions.

        The house edge on them all is approx 0.44%

        Game rules

          • 2 Decks
          • Dealer peeks for Blackjack
          • Dealer Hits on Soft 17
          • May Split to 4 hands
          • Double Down on any point score
          • Double after Split allowed
          • May not Re-split Aces
          • May not Hit split Aces
          • No Surrender option
          • 7-Card Charlie wins

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              Grand Virtual Vegas Blackjack

              Friday, February 9th, 2007

              These multi-hand 4-deck Vegas style Blackjack games are found at casinos running on Grand Virtual software.

              Grand Virtual’s Vegas Blackjack comes in two versions:

              • Vegas Blackjack Micro – accepts lower stakes, max $5
                Vegas Blackjack Standard – accepts higher stakes, max $150

              In each case, you can choose between single or multi-hand (1 to 3 plays) versions.

              The house edge on them all is approx 0.44%

              Game rules

                • 4 Decks
                • Dealer peeks for Blackjack
                • Dealer Hits on Soft 17
                • May Split to 4 hands
                • Double Down on any point score
                • Double after Split allowed
                • Re-split Aces allowed
                • May not Hit split Aces
                • Surrender option available
                • 7-Card Charlie wins 

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                    Spanish 21 – Blackjack

                    Friday, February 9th, 2007

                    A small articles about Spanish 21 as a variant of Blackjack

                    Spanish 21 – Blackjack

                    Spanish 21 is an increasingly popular variant of blackjack owned by Masque Publishing, Inc. "Unlicensed" (but equivalent) versions may be called Spanish blackjack. Spanish 21 is generally played on a standard blackjack table. blackjack Tactics

                    Spanish 21 uses the following rules:

                    • The game is played with six or eight decks dealt from a shoe. Each deck is a standard poker deck with the tens (but not face cards) removed, hence the name: a traditional Spanish deck consists of four sets of 1 through 9, a Jack, a Knight and a King; there are no tens. All cards have the same values as in blackjack.
                    • Blackjack pays 3:2, and always wins regardless of whether or not the dealer has a Blackjack.
                    • Hitting, standing, and splitting all follow the same rules as in Blackjack, except drawing to split aces is allowed. Resplitting is also allowed.
                    • The player may surrender (quit the hand immediately and lose only half the wager) on the first two cards or after doubling down.
                    • The dealer always checks for Blackjack with a face card showing before play continues, as in American Blackjack games.
                    • The player may double down on any total, even after taking hit cards.
                    • In some casinos, the player may redouble after doubling down.
                    • A total of 21 always wins for the player. It never pushes against the dealer’s 21.
                    • A five-card 21 pays 3:2, a six-card 21 pays 2:1, and a 21 with seven or more cards pays 3:1. However, these bonus payouts do not apply if the 21 was the result of doubling.
                    • 6-7-8 of mixed suits pays 3:2, of the same suit pays 2:1, and of spades pays 3:1.
                    • Suited 7-7-7 against a dealer 7 pays a large bonus (for example, $1000 for bets $5-24 and $5000 for bets $25 and over). All other players at the table receive a $50 "envy bonus". This rule does not apply after splitting.
                    • In most casinos, dealer hits soft 17.

                    The removal of the tens in each deck favors the dealer, however, the other additional rules all favor the player (except for dealer hitting soft 17), and usually result in a low house edge, often lower than traditional Blackjack.

                    There are no popular card counting methods in Spanish 21, though it would likely generate less scrutiny. Of course, any counting system applied must account for the fewer ten-point cards in the shoe.

                    Source:Wikipedia, Licensed under Creative Commons

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                    Grand Virtual European Blackjack

                    Friday, February 9th, 2007

                    These multi-hand 4-deck European Blackjack games are found at casinos running on Grand Virtual software.

                    Grand Virtual’s European Blackjack comes in two versions:

                    • European Blackjack Micro – accepts lower stakes, max $5
                      European Blackjack Standard – accepts higher stakes, max $150

                    In each case, you can choose between single or multi-hand (1 to 3 plays) versions.

                    The house edge on them all is approx 0.42%

                    Game rules

                      • 4 Decks
                      • Dealer does not peek for Blackjack
                      • Dealer Stands on all 17s
                      • May Split to 4 hands
                      • Double Down on 9 to 11 points only
                      • Double after Split allowed
                      • Re-split Aces allowed
                      • May not Hit split Aces
                      • No Surrender option
                      • 7-Card Charlie wins

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