EUROPEAN BLACKJACK

The game will automatically stand when the Player has 21 or after doubling down. When there are six or eight decks being used, you could discover that there are literally dozens of high or low cards stuck together in the deck. In European rules, players may have split or doubled down before finding out that they also lose those additional bets when the dealer completes their hand in the end. In European Blackjack, there are several restrictions placed on splitting cards and you are limited to three splits. The Player's initial bet is then settled by comparing his cards with the Dealer's. Unfortunately, you can only play this game online in Flash format - live dealer blackjack tables still only feature the regular form of the game, at least for now.

The Basics

Game Description

Any players who have less than 21 points will then be given the opportunity to play out their hands. Players may potentially take any of these actions:. Hitting and standing work exactly the same in both versions of the game.

Once all players have finished with their hands, the dealer will either reveal or deal out their second card. The dealer must follow strict rules that determine how they will proceed. On hands of 16 or less, the dealer will always hit; on hands of 18 or more, they will always stand.

Rules can vary on Once the dealer has stood or busted, the hands are scored. If the dealer busts, then all player bets win at even money odds. If the dealer stands, then the player and dealer hands are compared, with the higher score winning. In the case of a tie, the two hands push, and no money is won or lost. Players may also make a side bet known as insurance. This bet is offered when the dealer is showing an ace, and pays out at odds should the dealer end up with a blackjack.

Typically, players are allowed to bet half of their initial bet on insurance; the upshot is that they will break even for the hand if the dealer does show up with a ten as their second card. While the above basic rules apply to just about any game, we were purposely vague about some of the details, as that is where different versions distinguish themselves.

European blackjack in particular has some rule changes that may seem minor, but which have an important impact on gameplay. The most important of these is the fact that the dealer gets only one card at the start of the hand.

This causes some issues that change the strategy of the game slightly. In the American rules, players can only ever lose their initial bet when the dealer makes a blackjack. In European rules, players may have split or doubled down before finding out that they also lose those additional bets when the dealer completes their hand in the end. Several other rule changes also mix things up.

Players are usually only allowed to double down when they have a starting hand of 9, 10, or Typically, you will not be offered the option to surrender if the dealer is showing an ace and in some cases, you may not be able to surrender at all.

When aces are split, players normally only get one additional card. The dealer normally stands on a soft 17, though this is not universal; when this is the case, it is slightly favorable to the player.

But the way players have to behave to get to that figure require a bit of a different approach. There are a few Blackjack games that allow unlimited re-splits, but it is extremely rare to ever resplit more than twice. Our control game assumes a player can resplit twice to a total of four hands and the difference in being able to split to a total of three hand only i.

The next question relevant to the player is whether or not the player is permitted to double-after-splitting, which essentially gives the player the ability to take a hand that started off as garbage and turn it into a powerful read: One example of a hand in which a player would want to be able to do so is a hand such as against a Dealer six which is split and the player draws either a five, six or seven, depending on what the rules are for what a player can double on that is definitely a situation in which the player would want to be able to double after splitting.

If the player does not have the ability to double after splitting, then the House Edge is increased by about 0. This difference becomes slightly less if the player could not split to multiple hands because fewer hands mean fewer potential opportunities to double after splitting. Blackjack rules typically dictate that a player can only Split Aces once, and so do the rules of our control game.

Resplitting Aces is advantageous for the player because once split, aces can often not be hit upon or resplit, which means if you split two aces and draw an A to one of the split Aces, then you are stuck with a lousy hand total of hard If the dealer does anything but bust, you lose.

If our control game did allow for the resplitting of Aces, then the house edge would be reduced to 0. We are going to go back to assuming that the player may not resplit the aces because the player may not do so in our control game. The ability to hit Aces that have been split is an incredibly positive allowance for the player because it enables the player to take advantage of splitting Aces without worrying about any chance of being stuck on a bad hand that cannot win unless the dealer busts.

Sometimes the player would want to hit such a hand total if the dealer is not showing a bad card, but against something like a dealer six, of course, the player would still stand the bad hand total even if the player could hit. However, splitting Aces against something like a dealer ten would be a good play, and it would be even better if the player could hit any soft hand lower than a nineteen total.

Essentially, what happens if the player is allowed to hit split Aces is that the player will not be stuck on hand totals of after taking the card on each of the split Ace hands.

The player would still not hit against a dealer four, five or six Otherwise, every card on the split aces will either give the player a completed hand or alternatively, the potential to take a hit to improve the hand with literally zero risk of busting. Given all of our other rules, the ability to hit Split Aces no resplitting improves the game to a house edge of 0.

The ability of a player to surrender in our control game would decrease the house edge to 0. The final rule that we will look at is Blackjack paying 6: I believe this will help everyone see how much of a difference the rules can make. With just Basic Strategy as opposed to Optimal deck-composition strategy the player advantage on this set of rules would be 0. Let us compare that with the worst possible set of rules:. With all of that, the house edge with Basic Strategy would be 1.

The overall difference between these two games is 1. If we make Blackjack pay 6: Instead of playing 6: Whether or not the game is worth playing overall simply depends on the rest of the rules for the Blackjack game besides the fact that it is a no hole card game. It is possible for a game to be European, but otherwise, have pretty good rules, and be the best game on either the floor or on the online casino you are visiting. As with anything else, the key is knowing the effect of the totality of the rules rather than just focusing on whether or not a game has any individual rule.

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How To Play European Blackjack

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