If something is labelled “Classic” you expect it to be vintage, timeless, immortal. With the kind of speedy game-play on offer in Microgaming’s Classic Blackjack Gold Series. This version is set to be all those things. Unless we are invaded by intergalactic aliens who seek to rule the world and forbid us to play in online casinos, but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.
In first-class land-based casinos you could expect a croupier to deal those cards from his shoe faster than Sharon Stone could reach for her suspender belt in Basic Instinct. This is exactly the speed you get here, and with five decks and five hands placed at the table you need speed to keep the game going. Not that you have to play all five hands – you can go mano-a-mano with the dealer if you choose – and this is just one feature of many that are customisable to give you the most personalised in-game experience.
The background casino hubbub and jazz riffs add atmosphere, while the dealer’s voice is so sultry and soothing you wish you could buy it a Martini. She vocalises each card, making it straightforward to keep tabs on your hand without having to struggle with the numbers yourself.
There are no bonus rounds as such in this Classic Blackjack Gold Series game, just as there would be no special bonus round in a casino. However, there are in-game bonuses other than the regular 1:1 payout for a winning hand. Landing the ever-coveted Blackjack pays out 3:2, while insurance wins – offered when the dealer’s first card is an Ace – pay out 2:1.
This is as close an experience to actual Blackjack as you will find in any online casino. I suppose that’s why they called it Classic. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet? In your face, Shakespeare!