We all know that sucker punch feeling. You’ve started with a pair of eights, split and miraculously made totals of 20 across both hands. Feeling pretty good about your chances of landing a monster haul, you sit back and wait for the dealer to do their thing before – BOOM! – they flip over 21. It truly is one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable in a conventional blackjack game, but in Playtech’s Blackjack Peekrule 6 Deck, players won’t have to worry about such unfortunate outcomes as the dealer will have to declare 21 at the start of the hand. While it may not sound like much, this saves players making any additional bets during the hand, thereby improving their overall returns.
With Blackjack Peekrule 6 Deck being one of the more conventional variants, the object of the game is identical to straight-up blackjack in that players need to make a total card value as close to 21 as possible while also beating the dealer’s hand. At the start of each deal, the player will receive two cards face up, while the dealer will display one upcard and have the other laid face down. Based on their current total and the dealer’s upcard, players will now have to choose whether to hit and take another card or stand and hope their current total is good enough to win the hand. The dealer will then play out their own hand in accordance with a pre-defined strategy that sees them hit on 16 or under and stand on 17 or over, with the winner receiving a 1-to-1 payback on any hands they win.
As with all blackjack titles by Playtech, Blackjack Peekrule 6 Deck merely requires players to choose a chip denomination from £0.01-£100.00 and then activate the number of hands they wish to play by clicking “ante”. Accepted stakes range from £0.10-£100.00, with players being presented with a series of clickable options after their two cards have been dealt. Unlike in other blackjack variants, if the dealer’s upcard is an ace or ten, they will automatically peek at their face down card and declare if they have blackjack. Although this still costs you the hand, it will also save on any additional bets.
The basic strategy in Blackjack Peekrule 6 Deck is essentially the same as in conventional blackjack, albeit with one subtle difference. The fact that the dealer has to check for blackjack whenever they are showing an ace or ten not only saves you money on split or double bets when they do have it, but also lets you know when they don’t have it. If a dealer showing an ace or ten peeks and doesn’t declare blackjack, that automatically gives players information about what their highest possible total can be and should therefore affect their betting decisions when they have marginal totals.
Essentially a lower-variance version of regular blackjack, Blackjack Peekrule 6 Deck is the perfect title for players who find themselves getting frustrated when their best laid plans are ruined by the dealer finding a fortuitous 21. The fact that all blackjacks must be declared immediately saves you additional expenditure and allows you to play your own hand more optimally when you know no blackjack is present, making it a less cruel game for cautious card players.
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