Playtech’s Progressive Blackjack utilizes 8 standard decks and each deck comprises of 52 cards. All the decks put together, make a shoe and the shoe is jumbled prior to every round. The goal of the game is quite similar to the normal Blackjack game: the player’s cards should be nearer to 21 in comparison to the dealer’s hand but should not increase 21.
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What is different in this game is that it has the side bet option, where in the player has the choice to gain a massive progressive jackpot with at least a value of 50,000 x side bet. Players can opt for the side bet option by making an extra payment of £/€/$1, of which, 3% is taken into the progressive jackpot pool. There is also the exclusive Multihand mode, which enables the player to play with 5 different hands at the same time.
In Progressive Blackjack, the player can be assured that the dealer will forever stand on all 17s. Although, the player can go in for the split option, he will not be able to re-split. The player can split his aces, while split aces will get an additional card before he can stand. Supposing the card received on a split ace has 10 points, the hand is equivalent to 21 but not Blackjack.
The player has to pay an amount similar to the opening sum, if he wants to double down. It is possible to double down after a split but not if the player has been dealt a Blackjack. The player can choose the insurance option every time the dealer displays an ace. The player can get the insurance for half his initial wager.
The approach to this game is the same as the one in the normal 6-deck blackjack. When played rightly, the approach can minimize the house edge in the base game to about 0.52%. When the jackpot reaches 6 to 10 seeds, the odds are favorable. The wager is made using one of 7 different chip sizes and can vary from £/€/$1 to 300.
Payout for blackjack is 3:2, for insurance is 2:1, and for a standard win is 1:1. When choosing the side bet option, 1 ace pays 5:1, 2 aces pays 50:1, 2 suited aces pay 100:1, 3 aces pay 250:1, 4 aces pays 2500:1, 3 suited aces pay 5000:1 and 4 uninterrupted suited aces pay a progressive jackpot.