Blackjack, which is also called “twenty one”, is a popular casino card game that pits the player against the dealer. At the start of player, after an initial ante bet is placed, both the player and the dealer are dealt two cards. The goal of the game is to add the value of the cards together (with all face cards counting as 10 and aces counting as either 1 or 11) and arrive at 21, or as close to that number as possible. If the player arrives at that number with his or her first two cards then they win, they also win if the dealer draws cards that exceed 21, but conversely they will lose if they exceed this number themselves.
The origin of the game of blackjack is mostly unknown, although historical texts suggest that it has been around for at least four hundred years. Blackjack is one of the most popular games in online casinos, mostly due to the fact that there is an element of skill involved and because it is fairly easy to pick up and understand, unlike poker or craps which may seem daunting to a novice gambler. As well as being a dominant force in land-based casinos, real money blackjack is also a very popular game in online casinos, typically bringing in more revenue for the casino than any of its other table games.
It is perhaps no surprise then that Miami Club Casino, which uses the Wager Gaming technology (formerly known as Odds On Gaming) has a number of blackjack games available. Which game you play depends on which rules you follow, as there are slight variances to the game depending on where you are in the world. If you want to follow the Vegas rules, letting the city of sin and the gambling capital of the world guide you, then Vegas Strip Blackjack is the right game for you. This game is played with six decks that are all shuffled after each hand, so if you plan on counting cards then you’ll need a brain akin to a supercomputer. The dealer will stand on 17 or higher and if the dealer draws an ace then the player has the option of buying insurance against their hand.
The European Blackjack game is very similar with just a few minor differences. Here the cards are dealt from just four decks (also shuffled after each hand) and the rules are set to European standard. The Perfect Pairs Blackjack and Progressive Blackjack games offer something else entirely, adding new elements and features to this casino favorite. In Perfect Pairs Blackjack players can place side bets on whether their cards will be paired or not, whilst in Progressive Blackjack players can throw an extra bet at each hand that they play, building a progressive jackpot that they can win.
These games are single player, which means that you don’t sit alongside other players like you might do in a real casino, but these can often just get in the way anyway. You’re not competing against those players and have no interest in how they do, so the fact that they are there can often be frustrating as you spend a lot of time waiting for them to make their moves. For experienced players who think they can handle it, these games allow you to play more than one hand at a time, something that is particular useful in the Progressive Blackjack game as it helps you to build a larger pot in a shorter space of time.
The games all pretty much look and feel the same. There are minor differences and tweaks here and there, but nothing too noticeable. All of them are cleanly made and come with an easy to use and understand interface. For the sake of this review, these games were played on a fairly old laptop that doesn’t typically do well when it comes to Flash-based games or computer games in general, but this reviewer had no issue with any of these. Everything moved very quickly and smoothly, with no lag and no jerks to hinder the gambling experience.
The sounds are also very realistic and there is no superfluous graphics that many other websites feel the need to throw in — graphics such as dealers or animations that add little to the gambling experience and merely serve to slow the process down. As well as looking, sounding and feeling great, the game is also very fair. This is partly due to the fair and generous Wager Gaming software, which uses an audited Random Number Generator that the website can not interfere with, and partly down to Miami Club Casino who seem committed to providing a genuine and honest service.