European Blackjack

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European blackjack is a popular version of the standard blackjack game. It offers players an exciting game that is easy to play. The objective of the game is identical to most blackjack games where the player needs to beat the dealer by reaching a hand total of 21 points or get as close to it as possible.

The game is available in many online casinos and all Microgaming online casinos offer this game. It is a game that is recommended to players that have some experience playing blackjack and are interested in trying a new and exciting variation.

European Blackjack Rules

The game is played using only two standard decks of cards. The game starts with the player being dealt two face-up cards. The dealer is dealt only one face-up card and does not get a second card at this stage of the game. If the dealer’s only dealt card is an ace, the player is offered the option of making an insurance bet at half the cost of their original bet. The insurance bet is only resolved at the end of the hand.

Whether the player decided to make the insurance bet or not, play continues and it’s the players turn to make a move. The player is only allowed to double down on hands with hard totals of 9, 10 or 11. It is allowed to split all pairs except two different 10-valued cards. No doubling is allowed after splitting. The player is allowed to split aces and draw on split aces. No surrender is allowed.

European Blackjack Dealer’s Rules

The dealer must stand on all 17 (soft 17 and hard 17).The dealer will only be dealt one card. That card is seen throughout the game. If that card is an ace the dealer will offer the player insurance. The insurance bet is only resolved at the end of the hand as the dealer is not allowed to draw its second card until after the player finished making their move.

In case the player goes bust there will be no need for the dealer to draw any more cards unless the player took insurance. In this case the dealer will draw another card to see if they hit a natural blackjack. If they did then the player will be paid the insurance bet.

European Blackjack Strategy

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