Progressive jackpot games are big news in the slot-playing world, being the domain where you’ll find multi-million pound prizes that can drop from a single spin. The core idea behind any ‘progressive’ jackpot game is that a percentage of all eligible wagers is skimmed off to contribute to the headline prize. In this way the jackpot escalates in value until it is won, at which point it resets to a base level and the process begins again. Playtech has recognized the lure of progressive jackpots for table gamers too, and so we find before us its Progressive Blackjack.
At its core Playtech’s Progressive Blackjack is still a classic Blackjack game, played with six decks and common double, split and insurance rules which we’ll come to shortly. The progressive part of the action is an optional side bet, placed at the start of the game by popping chips to the value you want to stake into the slot (with a red blinking LED set into it) that you’ll find in front of each betting circle on the layout. This puts you in the frame for several prizes should your ultimate hand form one of the winning card combinations. These are:
Four suited Aces – wins the headline progressive jackpot.
Three suited Aces – pays 5,000 times your side bet stake.
Four Aces – pays 2,500 times your side bet stake.
Three Aces – pays 250 times your side bet stake.
Two suited Aces – pays 100 times your side bet stake.
Two Aces – pays 50 times your side bet stake.
One Ace – pays 5 times your side bet stake.
The jackpot for Progressive Blackjack is seeded from a base of 50,000 times your side bet stake, and 3% of all the side bet wagering on this game (and that’s all instances of it being played around the world at online casinos) is added to that foundation. As you can imagine that means this side bet can really drop some life-changing sums if those four suited Aces end up in your hand!
Returning to the more traditional elements of this online Blackjack you’ll find the following rules in play:
Dealer Rule – Dealer stands on all 17s.
Doubling – allowed on your first two card deal.
Splitting – allowed once, and split Aces can only receive one further card. A two-card hand count of ‘21’ following a split is not counted as Blackjack.
Insurance – allowed whenever the Dealer’s upcard is an Ace. Requires a fixed stake of half your original wager, paying 2 to 1 if the Dealer reveals Blackjack.
Playtech’s Progressive Blackjack is a very enjoyable online Blackjack judged just on the quality of its main game, but if you love playing for rich side bets its progressive prize offers a tantalising prospect of turning a single lucky hand into an extraordinary payday.
Judging by the speed at which the progressive jackpot grows on this game – a meter at the top left of the screen keeps you updated on where it stands – this is a very popular online Blackjack with players, so you’ll be in good company if you fancy your chances at this table.