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European Blackjack is one of the most popular variations of the Classic theme. It’s the predecessor of the game as it’s played in the United States and other parts of the world. In some casinos It’s available both as a single hand or multi hand game.



Basic Rules and Betting Limits

European Blackjack games are played with two or more decks of 52 cards and the aim is to get a higher count than the dealer without going over 21.

One of the differences from the American version is how the cards are dealt. The dealer only takes one card while the players draw two. At that stage the players make the decision about how they want to proceed in the game. They can Hit or Stand but only when they are satisfied, will the dealer take the second card.

Card Values

  • Aces count as either 1 or 11 depending which is most useful.
  • Kings, Queens and Jacks count as 10.
  • Number cards 2-10 retain their face value.
  • The different suits don’t matter.

If the cards dealt, add up to more than 21’ you are ‘bust’ regardless of the dealer’s hand. If the dealer is bust you win the hand. The cards are shuffled after each game.

Betting limits do vary considerably but most casinos offer both high and low stakes games, which make the European Blackjack game perfect for both the new online casino player and the more experienced one high roller.

How to Play European Blackjack

After you decide on your wager amount and have been dealt your first two cards you have two options – Hit or Stand. To Hit is to request another card from the dealer in order to improve your total – you can continue Hitting until you are happy with your hand. To Stand is to take no further cards and play this hand against the dealer

A number of buttons allow you to keep control of the game.

  • Hit – request another card
  • Stand – keep the hand dealt
  • Paid – will reveal your total winnings
  • Bet – shows your total bet amount
  • Clear – lets you clear a bet from the table
  • Options – a menu of controls, showing, for example: game speed, graphic quality and audio controls.

Summary of European Blackjack

If your aim is to learn how to play European Blackjack but need a little time to learn the rules and get to grips with some of the less familiar tactics, look for a casino that lets you play free European Blackjack. It’s a great way to gain some understanding and confidence before playing with real money.

European Blackjack, in line with most of the other variations of the game, has low house edges although in percentage terms it does depend on a number of factors. Side bets, for example, will give the house an increased edge.

You can play most European Blackjack casino games on PC, Android device and iPad and iPhone.

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