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Scientific Games Releases Two New Blackjack Variants


It is an acknowledged gambling truth that the most popular casino table game of all time is Blackjack. Back in the days, playing blackjack was pretty straightforward as there were only a handful of variants, and thus, applicable rules were simple, with beatable and fair blackjack games available.

Today, there are various blackjack variants, and casino operators are looking for ways to change rules and increase house edges! Not to dishearten you though as there are still credible and winnable blackjack games offered in casinos.

It seems that house edge for blackjack in most casinos in Las Vegas continues to increase to the point that it’s almost as if you are playing carnival games! It is safe to say that among new blackjack variants, Blackjack Switch has a more staying power than most. In this connection, Scientific Games has come up with two new blackjack variants and they are U Turn Blackjack and Vegas Blackjack Fever.

New: U-Turn Blackjack

There’s nothing so significantly “new” about this variant except for the introduction of the smart shoe. The idea is to scan each playing card by the shoe as it is dealt to players. The blackjack variant U-Turn has the same principles as the Push 22 variant and is therefore not quite as remarkable as the other variant called Vegas Blackjack Fever.

Vegas Blackjack Fever

In the Vegas Blackjack fever variant, the game opens with a standard wager and an optional Precious Diamond side bet. A traditional blackjack game is assured as two cards are dealt. The dealer hits on soft 17, and players could split all hands, Aces included, up to three times to make for a total of four hands.

After splitting or hitting, players are allowed to double down on any hand including Aces. Players may also re-double down up to 3 doubles, bur only if the total equals the total bet of the hand.

After hitting, doubling or splitting, players are allowed to surrender half of the bet with two or more cards, on any hand.

Any hand that hasn’t been doubled, making a total of 20 or less with 6 cards, wins.
Any hand that hasn’t been double and has a total of 21 with five or more cards, wins.
Even if the dealer has a blackjack, a player’s blackjack wins. If a dealer is busted (22), the resulting hand becomes a push for all those still playing. The pay ratio for Blackjack is 5:2.

These variants have not hit the Vegas Strip yet, but they will soon be featured.

Win Extra Cash when you play at Casumo’s Live Blackjack Tables

Win Extra Cash when you play at Casumo's Live Blackjack Tables

Casumo Casino have launched a newly built, unique Live Casino Studio for Black Jack and Roulette – exclusively for Casumo players. They have managed to build their very own and unique studio and avoid all the Vegas clichés by injecting a dose of playfulness. From the overall look and feel to the casting of dealers and their design of uniforms.

To celebrate the launch of the new exclusive Live Casino tables, Casumo Casino are running a promotion with daily and weekly prizes during the first two weeks of August and with two different mechanics – one for each week plus a grand cash prize for one lucky winner at the end of the promotion. Here’s how it works:

Players can win extra cash on top of their casino winnings if they play Casumo Live Blackjack between 13th and 17th August*. Everyday between Monday and Friday, from 6PM till 11.59PM (CET), Casumo is adding 20 bonus cards to the dealer’s shoe. Here’s what what players could win if they’re dealt one or more of these bonus cards:

Gold Card: €/£500
Green Card: €/£100
Blue card: €/£50
Orange card: €/£30
Red Card: €/£10

To participate, players will need to login to their casino account here, find a warm seat at a live Blackjack table, place bets (minimum €/£5) and let the dealers do the rest!

But wait, there’s more! A €/£10 wager on the Casumo Blackjack table buys participants a ticket to a €/£10,000 raffle. One more lucky winner will be drawn on Sunday 19th August, live in the studio at 8PM (CET).

Place your bets!

Top Hollywood Blackjack Movies


Hollywood’s fascination with gambling is a fact. The fascination may have started from the Strip’s history – as the rise of a sleepy desert town in the middle of nowhere to the premiere gambling city of the world.

The essence of Las Vegas strip – gambling, organized crime, people down on their luck or high on luck, these are key components of a Hollywood blockbuster movie! There are several gambling-related movies done by Hollywood producers over the years but let us concentrate on movies that directly relate to the game of blackjack.

Stacy’s Knights


The 1983 movie starred Kevin Costner as Will and Andra Millina, as Stacy. Kevin teaches Stacy to count card as being what she is, young and naïve, has the edge to win at blackjack without anyone being suspicious. However, those bad casino bosses took to taking down Stacy by setting her up with cheating dealers. Will got killed in the process, making Stacy mad and determined enough to put up and train a blackjack team to take a huge chunk of money from those casino bosses.

Rain Man


The 1988 movie starred two of Hollywood’s biggest stars – Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Hoffman played the savant autistic brother who had the talent for counting cards in blackjack. Cruise played Charlie Babbitt while Hoffman played Raymond Babbitt. Charlie only got to know of his older brother Raymond after the death of their father. The Babbitts travelled across the USA, with a $3 million inheritance in the balance. All went well in the end but their blackjack card-counting days were over.

The Last Casino


The plot of this 2004 Canadian film is about a group of MIT students who beat casinos in the 1990s. Starring Charles Martin Smith, Kris Lemche and Katherine Isabelle, the main character Mickey Rosa set up to find and train talented students to card count so he could pay his personal debts. Of course the winning spree did not last long as the card-counting team had finally busted the casino security systems.

Breaking Vegas


This 2004 documentary traced the attempts of MIT students blackjack team to get rich by playing blackjack in casinos across the United States. This documentary film also showed the ways and means of casinos to thwart their modus. The film though failed to show sufficient mathematical details in explaining blackjack card counting.

The Hot Shoe


David Layton directed this 2004 documentary film that showed the history of blackjack card counting, reviewing the mathematical aspects of the game, and key pointers for winning. Layton interviewed blackjack greats such as Ian Andersen, Edward Thorp, Stanford Wong, Max Rubin, Olaf Vancura and more. Layton learned to card count and used $5,000 of the film’s budget to try his luck on the blackjack table.



21 was a 2008 movie that starred Kevin Spacey, as Mickey Rosa, the professor who trained a group of talented MIT students on card counting and other blackjack tricks. Ben Campbell as Jim Sturgess, joined the MIT Blackjack team to pay for his medical school tuition fees. The movie production was quite lavish with cameo from some of Hollywood’s big stars such as Lawrence Fishburne. Sturgess’ tale of his colorful experience came into a fruitful end as he was awarded the lone scholarship in medical school.

Could there be another Hollywood blackjack movie in the offing?

Get a 10% Independence Day Blackjack Boost at Intertops Poker

100% Match Up Bonus at Intertops Casino

July 2, 2018 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Independence Day is one of the biggest parties of the year in America. They’re celebrating at Intertops Poker by adding 10% to all Blackjack winnings on the 4th of July and giving free spins on four popular slots through the weekend.

“Between parades and fireworks and barbeques,” said Intertops Poker’s casino manager. “If you find yourself with a few minutes for a little blackjack, we’ll top up every win!”

To collect their 10% Independence Day Blackjack Boost, players simply enjoy any of the four types of Blackjack under the Lucktap tab in the casino section of the poker rooms. They can choose from regular Blackjack, Face Up 21 (dealer’s hand is visible), Double Draw Blackjack (optional re-draw on hand 15, 16 and 17) and Perfect Pairs Blackjack (10:1 for a same-colored pairs and 30:1 when both cards are the same suit). Players can win up to $250 (subject to 15X play-through) in Blackjack Boost bonuses.

Independence Day festivities continue July 5th to 8th when players can get up to 100 free spins on some of the most popular Betsoft slots in the poker rooms’ casino games section.


25 Free Spins on Stampede
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50 Free Spins on A Night in Paris
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Set on the sun-drenched African savannah, Stampede is a new 1024 ways to win game where majestic elephants rule supreme. A faithful security guard saves priceless works of art from thieves in A Night in Paris. In Mama Mia, a famous chef prepares the perfect dish for a food critic. Its unique Wild-Locking mechanism lets players lock Wilds in place for more chances to win. Charms and Clovers, with its innovative 6th reel, brings Irish folklore to life in gorgeous high definition colour.

Bonus codes can be used once or more in any order. Players can use one code or use them all. Roll-over: 30X on Betsoft games. Max. cash-out $250.

Intertops Poker offers hundreds of online slots and table games from Betsoft, Lucktap and Worldmatch. They also host the most active online poker room on the Horizon Poker Network and, on Wednesday, they’re hosting a $2000 GTD Independence Day Poker Tournament.

Play Blackjack at Intertops Today!

Sonya Blackjack by Yggdrasil Gaming


Sonya Blackjack is Yggdrasil Gaming’s first ever and recently launched table game using an innovative motion capture multiplayer blackjack product. Featuring a 3D dealer and an easy-to-follow mobile gameplay, this product aims to deliver a truly engaging gaming environment and experience.

Rules of the Game


The game calls for up to three players to sit at a table, while other players can choose to stand while a 3D hostess (Sonya) deals. Players have the option to see other players play, their bets and winnings!

Standard blackjack options such as stand, double, hit, split and other Sonya Blackjack features are offered. When dealt with two equal-valued cards, splitting is allowed. If an Ace appears, insurance is offered and cost about 50% of the original bet. Half of the bet is saved if the other player hits a blackjack. If a player hits a 21 while Sonya still holds the Ace, the player may opt for Even Money, sacrifice the 3:2 reward and get a standard payout of 1X.

The products come in a standard logo package but operators are at liberty to customize Sonya Blackjack, including changing the casino environment or the dealer, or going for a branded live dealer.

Uniquely, operators may opt for a standard logo package or they may fully customize the product, including an unlimited chance to change both the dealer and casino environment. This option is definitely less expensive than that of a live dealer.



Yggdrasil’s REDUX™ is the proprietary platform for Sonya Blackjack. The technology is a combination of RNG and live casino. It uses a motion-capture technology to aptly show like-life movements of the dealer.

Developed and created by the inventive and creative techies behind Yggdrasil, the technology assures a faultless, powerful performance, and quick-loading mobile and desktop gaming experience. The product has great cross-selling prospects for online casino operators, and syncs with Yggdrasil BOOST®, an in-game promotional tool.

The RTP is a high 99.54%, and 92.86% with insurance. There is no bet behind option but the developer plans on adding a booking feature to accommodate more players at the table.

£20,000 Clash of the Tables- Roulette vs Blackjack at 32 Red Casino

20000 Clash of the Tables- Roulette vs Blackjack at 32 Red Casino

It’s the ultimate smack down on the tables, Roulette vs. Blackjack, for a share of £20,000 at 32Red Casino. The casino battle of the century starts May 30th through June 12th and there will be 2 leaderboards, one for blackjack and one for roulette. Each leaderboard is worth £10,000!

Put your table games to the test when you opt-in here and then pick your side- blackjack or roulette and start playing. Every £10 wagered on any Live or Regular Blackjack/ Roulette table during the promotional period will reward you with one point on the respective leaderboard. Climb your leaderboard to the top for a share of the £20,000 cash prize pool. It’s that simple.

Win up to €1,500 with Massive Blackjack at Guts Casino

Win up to 1500 with Massive Blackjack at Guts Casino

Win up to €1,500 with Massive Blackjack at Guts Casino every Wednesday. All you need to do to win up to €1,500 is take a seat and play on any of the Netent Live Blackjack tables between 09:00 (CEST) and 23:59 (CEST) every Wednesday. To cash in, here’s how it works:

– Get 2 Blackjacks in a row for €20 in cash
– Get 3 Blackjacks in a row during for an extra €80 in cash – that’s €100 in total!
– Get 4 Blackjacks in a row for a mouth-watering €200 extra in cash – that’s €300 in total!
– Get 5 consecutive Blackjacks for a mind-blowing €1200 in hard cash – that’s €1500 altogether!

Why play blackjack anywhere else on a Wednesday night when you can earn an extra €1,500 in cash on the NetEnt Live Blackjack tables at Guts Casino!

Hit a Blackjack and Win a $100 Bonus at Intertops Poker

100% Match Up Bonus at Intertops Casino

June 5, 2018 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – A special $100 Blackjack Quest begins Wednesday at Intertops Poker and continues until June 12th. Players will win a $100 bonus for hitting five Blackjack events playing any of the three Blackjack games under the Lucktap tab in the poker room.

“We’re making it a week-long Quest this month,” said Intertops Poker’s casino manager. “That gives players LOTS of time to hit the events they need to win the $100 bonus!”

To win the $100 Blackjack Quest bonus, players must win once with a Natural Blackjack, once with a Clubs Blackjack, and hit at least three Blackjacks in one game.

A Natural Blackjack is an Ace with a 10, Jack, Queen or King of any suit. A Clubs Blackjack is a natural Blackjack where all cards are Clubs.

All three Blackjack games under the Lucktap tab in the poker software qualify for the Blackjack Quest bonus: Regular Blackjack, Double Draw Blackjack and Perfect Pairs Blackjack. There is an optional re-draw on hand 15, 16 and 17 in Double Draw Blackjack and in Perfect Pairs Blackjack a natural pair pays 5:1, same-colored pairs pay 10:1 and a perfect pair (both cards the same suit) pays 30X.

Intertops Poker have the busiest online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network. With special bonus events every week, their slots and table games from Betsoft, Worldmatch and Lucktap are getting more popular every day.

New Blackjack Variant: Triple Win 20


Blackjack’s latest variant called Triple Win 20 debuted in Deadwood, South Dakota early in May. Developed by Terry Houk, a former general manager at casinos in Colorado and South Dakota, the variant’s main objective is to offer players a different and exciting blackjack game.

Triple Win 20 Play


As with all other blackjack variant, the dealer plays against each player. The main aim of the game is to get an “11” with one card, or the value 20 with at least two cards. The values of cards on a pack is standard – Aces are either 1 or 11, faces are 10, and the remaining cards the value of their number.

To win a hand, a player has to do any of the following.

• Reach a value of 11 with only a card, paying at 1:1
• Reach a value of 20 with only two cards, paying at 1:1. If the 2 initial cards are Kings, or a pair of Queens, or a pair of Jacks, the player gets paid 1.5x or 3:2 his bet.
• Reach a value that is higher than the dealer with 2 or more cards, paying at 1:1.
• Use of six decks of cards
• No insurance
• Hands higher than 20 are busted – including 21
• If the card values are the same, any hand can be a push. This is tie, no winner or loser.

First cards are always dealt facing down. A player must turn the card facing up if he wishes to collect a win on the first card. All the remaining cards are to be dealt face down unless a player has a two-card win or wishes to split cards or double down. The rules are similar to the blackjack variant Pitch. Also dealt face down is the dealer’s first card, but all his remaining cards are to dealt face up. The dealer is not allowed to take additional cards once he has a hard 16.

Houk named the variant Triple Win 20 because there are three ways to win. Of course, the “20” came from the fact that the goal of this blackjack variant is to reach a value of 20.
Let’s see if this blackjack variant will catch fire as it is the hope of the developer to have Triple Win 20 played in at least 100 casinos across the US.

Stir up some Big Wins in the Blackjack Happy Hour at Mr Green Casino

Stir up some Big Wins in the Blackjack Happy Hour at Mr Green Casino

Do you prefer your blackjack cocktails shaken or stirred because Mr Green Casino’s exclusive blackjack tables are running daily Happy Hours for 6 hours straight during the month of May 2018.

That’s right Happy HOURS! Every time a player draws a Gold Card during the Blackjack Happy hours of 18:00 CET – 23:59 CET, Mr Green awards that player with €10! The money awarded is real Cash and therefore free of any wagering requirements. You can claim up to €20 every day for up to an impressive total of €620!

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