Blackjack games have most of their core gameplay elements locked in place. That said, individual tables can have small adjustments to the formula, such as blackjack payouts and when the dealer stands. Playtech’s Vegas Blackjack is relatively straightforward in that aspect, promising Vegas rules for this RNG-powered blackjack table. While it does not have a pretty dealer, it makes up for it with a few other goodies. Join us for an in-depth look at this release and its rule changes compared to standard blackjack.
- RTP: 99.47%
- Betting Range: £1.00 – £100.00
- Max Win: £10,000
- Similar Games: Premium Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, European Blackjack
How it Works
As you are the only player on this virtual table, you have several advantages. One of these advantages is the fact there is no timer forcing you to play quickly! Feel free to take your time placing your wagers. You can customise them as much as you like until you press the Deal button. Players can bet between £1 and £100 with each round. Players can place a main bet and two side bets. Unique to Vegas Blackjack is the option to play multiple seats! You can play five hands at the same time, with all wagers and decisions made for each hand being separate from the others.
Once you do press the Deal button, the game proceeds further. Two cards will be dealt for every hand you decided to play for that round. The dealer also draws two cards, with one card being face down. Playtech’s release will then ask you what you want to do for each hand. Your options are to Hit, Stand, Double or Split. Splitting is only possible if you have two cards with a matching value. We suggest following the basic blackjack strategy when deciding what to do next, as it gives you the best chances of winning.
Players have to go through these steps for each active hand they are playing. Once that is over, the computer will reveal its second card. It will also draw additional cards if there is a need for it. On this table, the dealer continues to draw until it reaches seventeen or higher. At that point, it stands and compares hand values to determine a winner. The winner is determined by whichever side is closest to twenty-one without going over. Going over results in a bust, which is an automatic loss. Drawing exactly twenty-one results in a blackjack win, which pays more than standard payouts.
You can play two types of blackjack side bets in Playtech’s Vegas Blackjack. The first one is easy to understand, and is called Pair Pays. As the name implies, you receive a cash prize if your cards form a pair. That said, the rewards are different depending on the type of pair you have in your hand.
- If you have a pair whose colours do not match, you receive a 6:1 cash prize.
- If you have a pair whose colours match (both red or both black), you get a 12:1 reward.
- If you have a pair where both the colours and suits match, you score a 25:1 payout.
The second available side bet in this game is the 21+3 wager. Here, your goal is to form a valid three card poker hand with your first two cards and the dealer’s visible card. This is a much more difficult side bet to win. As a result, the maximum payout is much higher to compensate for the higher risk. The payouts for this side bet are as follows.
- Flush – 5:1
- Straight – 10:1
- Three-of-a-kind – 30:1
- Straight flush – 40:1
- Suited three-of-a-kind – 100:1
While not a proper side bet, Vegas Blackjack also allows punters to play Insurance bets. These wagers are offered to players when the dealer’s face up card is an Ace. Insurance bets are an additional wager, which pays 2:1 if the dealer wins. That way, even if you end up losing the main round you can recuperate some of the losses. That said, many seasoned punters advise against playing Insurance bets, and we would echo them here. The reward is simply not worth the risk.
Playtech have done a phenomenal job with Vegas Blackjack. It may not be a live dealer game, but it has advantageous rules and lucrative side bets. Really, our only complaint is the fact blackjack payouts pay 6:5 instead of the standard 3:2. Everything else is top notch. The visuals, the gameplay and side bets all come together to form an exciting release we could play for hours.