A Look at Playtech's Blackjack Selection

March 8, 2013


Blackjack is one of those classic casino games that doesn't seem like it's ever going to die out. It's been around for decades, and it's just as popular, if not more popular, than ever. With Playtech's current standing as one of the two most powerful software companies in the online casino industry, players who enjoy blackjack should get familiar with what they have to offer. There are a handful of different blackjack games available at Playtech-powered online casinos that have different rule variations and different strategies involved. Here we're going to take a look at these variations.

The original blackjack game uses six decks with the dealer standing on a soft 17. They have a weird set of rules for what happens with a dealer blackjack since there's not a standard peek or no peek situation. When the dealer has an ace up, there is no peek. When the dealer has a ten up, however, extra bets from doubling are protected and not lost to a blackjack. There is also a single deck version of blackjack available that uses a standard peek rule. Blackjack Surrender is just like the original blackjack game, except you have the surrender option, so it doesn't make sense to ever play the original game.

The Blackjack Switch game is also available at Playtech-powered online casinos. This game allows players to switch a card from one hand to another, and it adds a lot of strategic depth to the game. Blackjack Switch is probably the best game for players who are starting to get bored of blackjack and want something new to play. With perfect play, it has a house advantage of just 0.17 percent, and that's extremely low.

Blackjack Surrender has a house edge of 0.39 percent, and the original blackjack's house edge is a bit larger because of the lack of the surrender option, even though they have the same rules otherwise. The single deck version of blackjack has an edge of 0.48 percent with perfect play from the house, and this is comparable to what good Blackjack Switch players could expect to earn after standard switching mistakes. The original blackjack version has a house edge of 0.52 percent, making it the worse blackjack game available at Playtech-powered online casinos. Overall, you should use this information to make an informed decision about which blackjack games to play in and which games to avoid.