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New Blackjack Variants

Blackjack remains the top popular casino table game. This game is quite straightforward, and unless one counts cards, the probability of a newbie player and a seasoned player in winning a round is just about the same. There are numerous Blackjack variants, all with different rules and house edges. Nevertheless, there are still fair and winnable blackjack variants open for play.

Blackjack Switch is a newer variant that is credible enough to have a following. In the last quarter of 2018, Scientific Games introduced two new Blackjack variants that are quite promising.

U-Turn Blackjack Variant

This new variant is not exactly “new” as it is played in similarity with Push 22. The big difference is the use of a smart shoe. U-Turn Blackjack has the same basic Blackjack rules but with a twist. The game begins with the players’ bets, including side bets. Two cards will then be dealt to the dealer and the players, with the one of the dealer’s cards face up. The shuffler is fitted with an electronic card reader as the playing cards are bar-coded. Basically, the shuffler will indicate how many face-down cards the dealer has to deal to himself. The players will then know the total number of dealt cards when the shuffler signals the dealer when to stop dealing. After all these, the game resumes as a standard Blackjack game.

Vegas Blackjack Fever Variant

Vegas Blackjack Fever is a variant that make use of a hit on soft 17, and Push 22. It is played with 2, 6, or 8 decks of cards and featured the optional Precious Diamonds bonus or side bet. The game opens with the optional side bet and standard Blackjack bet of two dealt cards. If the dealer hits on soft 17, all players may split hands including the Aces, for up to three times to make four hands.

Players are permitted to double down on all hands including Aces after hitting or splitting. If the total is equivalent to the entire bet of the hand, players are allowed to do 2-3 double down. With two or more cards on any hand, all players are also permitted to surrender one half of the total bet.

Winning hands include any hand that has not been doubled and has a total of 20 or less with 6 cards. A hand that has not been doubled and has a total of 21 or less with 5 or more cards also wins.

In the event that both dealer and player hit a Blackjack, the player wins. In the event the dealer hits 22, this hand becomes a push for all players, with a pay ratio of 5:2.

Not every online casino player is keen on playing Blackjack though. It is a good thing that other casino table games such as poker, are also offered.

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Yggdrasil Creates an Industry first cross-vertical Blackjack and Slot in their Dr Fortuno Title

Yggdrasil Creates an Industry first cross-vertical Blackjack and Slot in their Dr Fortuno Title

Yggdrasil brings magic to the reels and blackjack table with Dr Fortuno
Supplier’s cross-vertical game of the year features industry-first shared jackpot

Yggdrasil introduces Dr Fortuno, the industry’s first cross-vertical shared jackpot, giving players more chances to win huge sums on the reels and at the blackjack table.

Both games star the charismatic leader of a travelling freak show who ventures to lands far and wide, inviting players into his mysterious and rewarding world.

The sinister Doctor, together with his troupe of freaks, allows players to enter his realm of dreams and curiosities to experience things beyond the comprehension of imagination.

The marvellous 5×3 slot features nudging wilds and the ‘Wheel of Fortuno’, which gives players a shot at the jackpot and a chance to win additional coins or multiply their winnings.

The Ringmaster also brings his magical flair to the blackjack table. The 5-player RNG multiplayer offers a wonderful new bonus bet and bonus game with incredible rewards including multipliers and a chance to win the daily jackpot which is shared with the slot game of the same name.

Yggdrasil added some extra charm to this shared jackpot with a Customizable Countdown feature. This enables operators to inject more excitement into their games by choosing the starting and ending parameters of their jackpot countdown. This flexibility caters for operators of all sizes, offering engaging and valuable jackpots at the frequency that works for their unique needs.

Jonas Strandman, Senior Product Strategist at Yggdrasil, said: “There is a lot going on in the Dr Fortuno Slot! Nudging wilds, a bonus wheel, free spins AND a jackpot! The bonus wheel happens often enough to keep spiking entertainment levels, while the free spins can dish out huge wins with the right combinations.

“The cross-vertical nature of the game presents our operators with a prime opportunity to introduce their players to new verticals, using a character and game mechanics that they are familiar with.”

“If you ever hear Dr Fortuno, also known as the ‘King of Yellow’, whisper his catchphrase, “By the pricking one of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!”, roll up, roll up and join his troupe to make fortune smile upon his lucky patrons. You never know, if picked he could bestow you with riches beyond your wildest imagination.”

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Basic Manners When Playing Live Blackjack


Blackjack is certainly one of the most popular casino games world played in both land-based and online casinos. Online blackjack has been made more interesting and interactive through the introduction of live blackjack, where players interact and play “live” online with a real-live blackjack dealer and players.

Playing live blackjack is certainly more interesting and challenging. However, there are certain proprieties that should be observed for hassle-free blackjack gaming.

When Joining a Table

Make sure that there is indeed a spot available for another player as there is a possibility that one or two players on the table are playing multiple hands. The table might have one or two vacant seats but those seats may be for a player who has multiple hands in the game. If a seat is available, you should wait for the current hand to finish before you buy-in. There are blackjack games that do not allow mid-deck entry. If this is the case then you should wait for the next shuffle.

When Buying Chips

Buying chips is easy enough as all you need to do is place the amount you wish to exchange in the middle of the blackjack table and tell the dealer the denomination you need. After the dealer gives you the chips, make sure you count them. A dealer seldom makes mistakes in exchanging money to chips but it’s always good to check just in case.

When Betting in the Game

You should place your bet within the betting circle. If you are wagering a stack of chips, don’t just shove them in the betting circle. Neatly place the stack of chips in the betting circle, with the highest value of chip placed at the bottom of the stack if the chips are of different denominations. Remember not to touch the chips once the dealer commences on dealing the cards.

How to Handle Cards

Most blackjack variants are played face-up, where the cards are dealt face-up and players are not allowed to touch or hold their cards during the game. Variants that are played face-down allow players to touch or handle the dealt cards. You should note that the protocol is for a player to use only one hand, and that the cards are kept only above the table.

When Deciding on the Play

You will be given ample time to decide on whether you still need another card or not. If you need another card you should audibly indicate this to the dealer so that there will be no misunderstanding. You can also use a hand signal such as tapping on the table to show that you require another. If you don’t need another card, you can just wave your hand to show that you stand.

If you wish to double you can place the additional chips next to your first bet. If you want to split, you can either place the needed amount of chips next to your initial bet or with two fingers, point to your card. Of course, it is best to verbally state your decision to avoid mistakes.

Winning a Hand

If you do win a hand, wait for the dealer to place the chips that you won next to your bet. Wait for the dealer to settle with the rest of the players on the table, and collect all the dealt cards on the table before you collect your chips. This is one way of showing manners and “class”.

More Blackjack Etiquette

There are other ways to observe when playing online blackjack and one of them is when talking with other players. There are players who wish to exchange words with other players on the table and there are those who prefer to keep quiet and just play. So, it is best to be sensitive if your table-mates prefer to chat or not. It is also best not to interfere or react to players in-play decisions regardless if their decisions are good or bad.

In case you are using a strategy card, do not take a long time consulting it. There are other players who are waiting for your decision so the play can move forward.

Dealers are to be respected. Some may prefer to chat and others may prefer to keep quiet when in play. If you feel you’ve been dealt a bad card, do not berate the dealer as that is not his fault. Remember that blackjack, for all the skills that you hone, is still a game of chance. You may or may not tip a dealer but if you are on a winning streak, tipping a dealer is a good practice.

If you wish to play behind a seated player, ask the player’s permission first. If he agrees, you may place your bet in the betting circle. However, you have no say on the player’s move or how he plays a hand. Win or lose, you should thank the player.

You may leave a table at any point but it is polite to leave the table after a shuffle if the rest of the players are winning. Your leaving the table has nothing to do with the rest of the players’ chances of winning but superstitions indicate otherwise.

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October 5, 2018 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – This Columbus Day weekend, Intertops Poker are boosting all Blackjack wins by 10%. Next weekend they’re giving 35% Instant Cashback to players that bust a deposit playing slots.

While many American states celebrate the arrival of Europeans in North America on Columbus Day, several now salute the indigenous people that were there first instead. Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino will mark the occasion in their own way — with a Columbus Day Blackjack Boost.

On Monday, October 8th, the casinos will add an extra 10% to all Blackjack wins. Players can qualify for their Blackjack bonus playing any of the three Blackjack games under the Lucktap tab in the poker rooms.

Next weekend is a Cashback Weekend. October 11 – 14, anyone that plays slots under the Betsoft or Worldmatch tabs without a win can get 35% of their last deposit refunded. They’ll have until the following Wednesday to request instant cash back and can contact Support via live chat, email or telephone to do so. Up to $250 Cashback is instantly credited to players’ accounts.

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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

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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!

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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

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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.