Undoubtedly one of the most popular card games around, blackjack is an online casino staple that boasts countless variants – and Blackjack Pro is arguably the game in its purest form. A single deck variant, Playtech’s Blackjack Pro pits player against dealer in a heads-up battle of wills while offering all the staple betting options we’ve come to expect. These include blackjack itself paying 3-to-2, players being able to double their bet on ten and optional insurance being available whenever the dealer is displaying an ace, all of which combine to create a hugely exciting game.
Blackjack Pro plays in exactly the same way as any other conventional blackjack title. The aim of the game is always to better the dealer’s score, with bonus payouts on offer for hitting blackjack (any combination of an ace and a ten-value card). At the start of each deal, players will receive two cards and have to decide whether to stick on their current total or take another card (hit). Players may hit until they have a total they’re happy with or their total goes over 21 (bust), but their decision will largely be dictated by the single upcard displayed by the dealer. With dealers sticking on 17 or over and hitting on 16 or under, players will have to determine the likelihood of their current total bettering that of the dealer when the hand is finished, with an additional insurance side-bet available whenever the dealer is showing an ace. Here players are betting on the dealer making blackjack and will receive a payout of 2-to-1 if they are correct.
While there are a few subtle nuances to the various bet features in Blackjack Pro, the game essentially plays like any other blackjack title. At the start of each deal, players must choose a chip denomination to wager and then hit deal to begin. Chips range from £0.01 to £100.00, but the minimum bet required to play a hand is £0.10. Once a game begins, players will simply have to use the clickable buttons to determine whether they hit or stick, with other options such as split or double being available when specific situations arrive. At the end of each deal, all payouts are awarded and players can repeat their previous bet and start over by clicking “rebet and deal”.
The important thing to remember when playing any blackjack game is that you are not simply trying to make the highest total possible, but rather playing against the dealer’s likely score. Remember to think about the upcard they are displaying before making any decisions, as with only a single deck in play, you have a better chance of estimating what their next card will be. So significant is this factor that the same player total can change from a hit to a stick based on what the dealer is showing.
With its slick graphics, simple gameplay and polished audio, Blackjack Pro certainly lives up to its billing as the game of choice for card-playing connoisseurs. The betting limits on offer make the game accessible to players using all types of bankroll, while the single-deck format allows them to gain the best edge possible as they hit and stick their way to profits.
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