Novomatic Blackjack Software
Novomatic is an Austrian firm and a true land-based giant in Europe that powers thousands of high-class and small local casinos and betting shops. The company was launched back in the 1980s with the production of their first line of proprietary Admiral slot machines and has grown to supply their products to more than 80 countries across all continents and employ over 20,000 people.
At first, Novomatic was a company powering casinos in Austria and neighboring countries, but with the fall of the Berlin wall and the Iron Curtain they began expanding over all EU states and later continued to North America, Asia, and even Africa. They entered the online market around 2010 by buying a software company called GreenTube which helped them port their land-based games to the online world.
Novomatic Blackjack Games
As already said, Novomatic is a supplier of virtual machines for the land-based sector, so they haven’t really invested much energy in making Blackjack games. The only offer they have is consisted of only two variants with standard rules, although both variants are not to be easily overlooked:
Novomatic Multi-Hand Blackjack – Also known as Novomatic Blackjack (despite the multi-hand game format) this is the standard Blackjack variant where you can play up to three hands at a time, but you can choose to play with one. The number of decks used isn’t fully disclosed by Novomatic, but the rest of the rules are:
- You can double after splitting
- Dealer stands on Soft 17
- Can’t re-split aces
- Dealer peeks for Blackjack
- Insurance available
The game also comes with the standard 3:2 payouts that used to be available in most brick-and-mortar casinos, while the insurance pays 2:1.
Novomatic Royal Crown Blackjack – Novomatic also offers Royal Crown Blackjack (sometimes offered under the GreenTube label), which is just another version of the Multi-Hand game, but one that was probably ported from their land-based offer. Thus, the controls are similar to playing a video poker machine, rather than an online game.
At Royal Crown Blackjack you can likewise play up to three hands at a time, but the bet sizes have been raised massively. The rules are almost identical, i.e. dealer checks for blackjack, you can get insurance, and you can’t re-split aces, but you can double down on any pair. The payouts are also the same as the Multi-hand version, i.e. you get 3:2, 2:1, and 1:1 for blackjack, insurance, and standard wins, respectively.
Other Novomatic Games
The largest portion of Novomatic’s online portfolio is Video Poker and slot games that were ported from their tried-and-tested line of land-based products. Thus, if you’ve ever spent time on a Novomatic machine in your local casino, you’ll be able to find their biggest hits online as well. Most of these are popular slot games like Fairy Queen, Dolphin’s Pearl or the Book of Ra, but you can also find Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and Joker Wild Video Poker, along with bingo and other skill—based games.