When the words “Vegas” and “Strip” appear together we can be forgiven for getting the wrong end of the strip. However, while there is no better casino town in the world than Las Vegas there is no better online casino developer in the world than Microgaming. So now for the Hollywood pitch: The Isle of Man meets the City of Sins. The adventure begins.
The basics of Blackjack haven’t changed – if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it. And while Microgaming are known worldwide as one of the top online slots developers in the world, they are quite possibly the best casino game developer in the world. As with its slots, Microgaming’s attention to detail is second-to-none in Vegas Strip Blackjack, right down to the hue of the green felt and our viewing angle of the table.
The basics of Blackjack are simple, but we are playing Vegas Strip Blackjack so we are on American rules. We and the dealer aim to have our cards add up to 21 – Blackjack – as the dealer flips them over, or as close to 21 as we can get. We start off with two cards in the hole, both face up (cards down, face up, that’s the way we like to…play!) and continue to “Hit” until we are ready to “Stand”. If we have Blackjack on our first two cards, there is no need to hit further, and even if we have nowhere near to 21 (dealer stands on totals of 17 or higher) and the dealer scores over 21 he goes “Bust”, so we win there also. We also have a real taste of the Vegas Strip with our options to Double – double our bet and receive just a single card more – or Split – split two cards of the same value into two separate hands. The inclusion of these bets adds a real element of strategy to this game, sometimes overlooked in Blackjack.
The payouts in Blackjack are generally standard, but because we are on the Vegas Strip it’s important to note the payout bonuses. Landing Blackjack on our first two cards pays out 3:2. All other wins pay out even money, apart from insurance payouts which pay out at 2:1, which is a bonus seeing as we have to pay half our stake extra to take out insurance in the first place, proving that insurance is as much of a racket in cards as it is in life.
They say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, though when it comes to online casino games the proof of the card game is in the delivery. Microgaming delivers Vegas Strip Blackjack with aplomb, utilising every bit of its developing prowess to deliver a Blackjack experience that is top of the chip pile. (That’s casino rather than potato chips.)