Very fast game play together with appealing graphics and sounds make this a great game to play. The game plays as one would expect – Vegas rules – dealer is dealt two cards (the first face up) before the player is offered cards. Players can double on any cards and split any two like cards.
Perfect Pairs blackjack is exactly the same as standard blackjack but with the addition of a great side bet called the "Perfect Pair". This may only be played together with a bet on the blackjack game, and pays out when the first two cards are a pair according to the following pay table:
|Mixed Pair||A pair that is comprised of one red suited card and one black suited card.||3C 3D||5:1|
|Coloured Pair||A pair that is comprised of 2 cards that are different suits, with both cards being either red suited cards or both cards being black suited card||8C 8S||10:1|
|Perfect Pair||A pair that is comprised of 2 cards that are identical in rank and suit.||QC QC||30:1|
The main difference between European Blackjack and Vegas Blackjack is in the game play. In European Blackjack the dealer only deals one card for himself – face up. The second card is dealt after all players have been offered a card. This leads to some interesting situations in real casinos where players blame the last player on a table for not hitting their 15 when the dealer draws 6 and 5 on a 10 first card – these can get quite acrimonious! Luckily this problem doesn't exist on US-Blackjack.com!
Face up 21
In Face Up 21 your cards and the dealers are both face up, so you can see exactly what the dealer has. If the dealer has a "stand" hand – 17 and up – the game will automatically "hit" you until you either win or bust. This is because you know you have lost if the dealer beats you on the deal! This makes the game play very fast.
All ties are won by the dealer and Blackjack pays even money.
Match Play 21
Match Play 21 follows the same game play as normal blackjack, but the 10 cards are missing from the deck. In addition to this there are a number of special hands with special payouts as per the table below. Match Play 21 also supports surrender – you can forfeit the hand and get ½ your money back at any stage in the game. You may only double once per hand. You may split twice.
The dealer hits a soft 17, otherwise plays pretty much as you would expect.
|Player||Blackjack||3:2 (first hand only)|
|Player||Match Play 21||40:1*|
|Player||777||all spades 3:1*|
|Player||678||all spades 3:1*|
|Player||Seven-card or more 21||3:1*|
|Player||777||same suit 2:1*|
|Player||678||same suit 2:1*|
|Player||Any 21||Even Money|
|Player||Other winning hands||Even Money|
|Dealer/Player||Tie Other hands||Push|
*Non-doubled hands and non-split hands only
In Pontoon both the dealer’s cards are dealt face down. A Pontoon is the same as Blackjack – 2 cards totaling 21.
You must hit if you have less than 5 cards and the total score is less than 15. You may not draw more than 5 cards (at that stage you already have a 5 card trick). You may double but only once. You may split once or twice.
Payouts are according to the following table. Note the 5 card trick payout – that is for any valid hand with 5 cards. It ranks just below Pontoon in importance. Note also that the dealer wins all ties.
|Player||Other winning hands||Even Money|
We finish our review of the new games at the new US-Blackjack with a look at Super 21. Played in exactly the same way as normal blackjack, Super 21 has a number of interesting features and payout variations.
The most obvious difference is that Blackjack pays even money (as opposed to 3:2 on normal variations). In addition there is a "Surrender" button where you accept half your stake back and give up the hand. This latter feature puts a really interesting twist on the game. You can also play after a double, so if you (say) double 10 and get a 6 you might consider surrendering rather than risking all against the dealer's 10.
There are some other quirky rules in the game. Higher payouts on multi card 21 hands and a "Diamond Blackjack" payout of 2:1 on your first two cards being 21 with both being diamonds. The full pay table is below:
|Player||Diamond Blackjack||2:1 (first hand only)|
|Player||Blackjack||Even Money (first hand only)|
|Player||Five-card 21||2:1 (non-doubled hands only)|
|Player||Six-card 21||2:1 (non-doubled hands only)|
|Player||Six-card 20 or less (instant win)||Even Money (non-doubled hands only)|
|Player||Other Winning Hands||Even Money|
|Dealer/Player||Tie||Other Hands Push|