Big Five Blackjack

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Big Five Blackjack is a unique blackjack version. Most blackjack games use four, six or eight decks of cards and there even a few versions that use a single deck or double decks of cards. Big Five is the only blackjack version that uses five decks. Big Five is a relatively new variant of blackjack and it can be found at Microgaming casinos.

Big Five Blackjack Rules

  • Five Decks
  • Dealer hits on soft 17
  • No hole game (dealer does not peek)
  • Double Down allowed on all hands
  • Double Down after splitting allowed
  • Allowed to split aces
  • Split aces draw only one additional card
  • Early Surrender allowed except when dealer showing an ace
  • Insurance pays 2-to-1
  • Blackjack pays 3-to-2

How to Play Big Five Blackjack

The game starts when you make a bet. You are then dealt two face up cards and the dealer only gets one face up card. At this stage you are given an option to surrender your hand in case you think you do not have a chance to win. To surrender means you will lose half your original bet.

If the dealer is showing an ace then you will be offered insurance. If the dealer is not showing an ace play continues. It is now your turn to make a move. You can stand your hand if you are happy with your hand total. You can hit for additional cards in order to increase your hand total without going over a hand total of 21.

When your two initial cards have a hand total that makes you believe that you only need to draw one additional card, you can select to double down which means your original bet will be doubled and you will be dealt one more card.

When the two cards you are initially dealt are a pair, you are allowed to split them into two new hands if you chose to do so. You are also allowed to use the double down option on split hands unless the split hands are aces.

After you finished making your move the dealer draws their second card. If their total is a soft 17 or lower they will continue drawing cards until they have a hand total of hard 17 or higher or until they bust. If the dealer busts out of the game you will win regardless of how low or high your hand is.

Big Five Blackjack Strategy


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