An Online Blackjack Variant For Players Who Dare
June 10, 2017
If you like the skill of blackjack but the low payout ratios are not enticing enough, then you should try out the Microgaming game High Streak European Blackjack Gold. It is available at online casinos like Lucky Nugget, Platinum Play and Golden Riviera.
High Streak European Blackjack is played with only two decks, which gives players some advantage as compared to the usual online blackjack variants played with eight decks games. It is based on European Blackjack, which is a no hole card game and has a minor disadvantage as compared to American blackjack variants. The other main rules are as follows. The dealer stands on all 17. Players can double down on hard 9, 10 and 11 only. Players can split once only. Split ace and 10 value card counts as 21 and not as blackjack.
The optional High Streak Bet is placed up front along with the main bet. If the player wins, the High Streak bet moves to the 2nd Streak without any payout. The player has to place a bet for the main game again. If the player wins the second game as well, the 2nd Streak win pays even money immediately and the High Streak bet moves to the 3rd Streak. If the player wins a third successive time, the 3rd Streak win pays 2 to 1 immediately and the High Streak bet moves to the 4th Streak. In this manner the 4th Streak win pays 5 to 1 immediately and the 5th Streak win pays 10 to 1 immediately. After this the High Streak cycle ends. If a player loses the main game any time, then the High Streak bet loses and the cycle ends. Online blackjack games can end in a tie. Then the High Streak bet remains on the table without moving ahead. If you split then you have to win both hands to win and lose both hands to lose. Winning one hand and losing the other results in a tie. You can play multiple High Streak cycles at the same time by placing a new High Streak bet along with the main bet, when the earlier High Streak bet advances.
With so many bets on the table in a High Streak cycle, the stakes get high. It is critical that you play the game using optimum blackjack strategy. Microgaming provides this within the game. You activate the Expert Mode. This gives players access to the strategy card that you can consult before every move. There is an Auto Play feature as well that uses optimum blackjack strategy. But this feature will automatically place a new High Streak bet with every deal.