One of the varieties of the classic game of blackjack, which has become widespread in Western European countries. At one time, this version of blackjack “migrated” from online casinos to online space, and today it can be found in the range of most online casinos. European Blackjack-style has its own characteristics that make this game more attractive for experienced players and fans to take risks.
In European blackjack rules are tougher than in the American, therefore, the game is more risk and thrill. The goal is the same as always – to beat the dealer, having collected the strongest combination of cards, and the sum of points should not exceed the limit 21. The strongest and highest-paying combination of cards is Blackjack, which consists of an Ace and any ten-point card.
From 2 to 9 – corresponds to the face value of the card;
10, Jack, Dame, King – 10 points;
Ace – either 1 or 11 points (at the request of the player);
Card suits do not matter.
Basic rules and differences
In the European version of the game on the hand, the dealer receives only one open card. Players get two cards and make decisions before the dealer draws the second card. When the final combinations of all players are formed, the dealer gets the second card. In the American version of blackjack, players are less at risk, because from the very beginning they will learn about the possible blackjack from the dealer, so they can more boldly double their bets or split. The result in European blackjack is more unpredictable, and the rest of the rules are the same.
If the dealer’s first card was an Ace, the player can insure against blackjack. Click the “Insurance” button for this and make an additional bet on the box, equal to half the original rate. If the dealer has blackjack, the player receives a 2:1 win. If the player in the hand has received blackjack, then the dealer offers him “even money”: get paid immediately at the odd of 1:1 before opening the second dealer card.
If the first dealer’s open card is not an Ace, the game follows the classic blackjack rules. If the initial combination is strong, the player can raise the bet twice (press the button “Double” or “x2”). In this case, he is supposed to get another card, but only one. If the player in the hand has received blackjack, then the dealer offers him “even money”: get paid immediately at the odd of 1:1 before opening the second dealer card.
If the first dealer’s open card is not an Ace, the game follows the classic blackjack rules. If the initial combination is strong, the player can raise the bet twice (press the button “Double” or “x2”). In this case, he is supposed to get another card, but only one. In some versions of online blackjack, a player can double only if two starting cards add up to 9-11 points.
If the combination is weak, he may refuse to participate in this round by clicking the button “Surrender”, but this decision will lead to the burning of half the bet. The button disappears or becomes inactive if the player takes an additional card. It is also impossible to surrender if the first card of the dealer was an Ace or “ten”. In some versions of blackjack, the Surrender feature does not exist at all.
If the player has received two cards of the same value on the hand, he can divide them into two separate combinations. Different cards of 10 points, for example, Dame and King, cannot be divided. The player who pressed the “Split” button makes a separate bet for each combination, equal to the initial one. Everything happens automatically. On the boxes, which turned out after the division, it is also allowed to make a double except for a split with Aces. To divided Aces you can get only one card. If the second card turned out to be “ten”, then such a combination is not considered “blackjack”. It is possible to divide a hand on one box only once. We also remind you that a player cannot surrender if he divided cards into two hands.
A player gets a win if:
- collected more points than the dealer. Payouts – 1:1;
- dealers’ bust. Payouts – 1:1;
- played “insurance” against “blackjack”. Payouts – 2:1;
- the player received “blackjack” at the hand while the dealer has any other combination, except for “blackjack”. Payouts – 3:2;
- the player received “blackjack” and chose “even money”, since the dealer had the Ace opened. The payout is 1:1.