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Exciting Online Casino Blackjack Games from Wager Works

January 08, 2010

Many blackjack players will prefer the standard land casino based game that offers minimal house edges but no frills. However there are online casino players who are willing to sacrifice a little bit on the house edges in order to get blackjack games that are different and more exciting. The leading online gaming software provider WagerWorks caters to the second group of players with some unique variants in blackjack.

One such game is 21 + 3 Blackjack. This is a combination of blackjack and 3 card poker. In blackjack the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s first card are dealt face up. These three cards constitute the 3 card poker hand. An optional side bet is required to activate this hand, which pays out against a given pay table. The blackjack game played in the usual manner.

Power Blackjack offers two features that increase the player’s chances of winning and also add further skill levels by providing more decision-making freedom. One of these features is known as the Power Double. When players double down on an initial 9, 10, or 11, they get the power to replace the double down card if it is not found good enough. The other feature is known as Power Split. When players are initially dealt a hard 15 or 16, they enjoy the power to split this weak hand into two separate hands to better their chances of winning. WagerWorks states upfront that these benefits come at a cost because the casino has to pay the electricity bill for providing this power. The cost is in the form of the dealer not busting at hand values of 22, but the bet pushes in this circumstance.

Hot Streak Blackjack from WagerWorks comes with an exciting opportunity to turn lucky streaks into big money. The player has to place a separate wager for the hot streak. On the first win the hot streak wager rides and is moved to the “Bet Rides” spot. On the second consecutive win the hot streak wager pays 1.5 times. On the third consecutive win the hot streak wager pays 3 times. And on the fourth consecutive win the hot streak wager pays 6 times. If the player loses anytime then the hot streak wager is removed from the table. With every new hand the player can place a new hot streak wager even if the earlier ones are still active.

Multi Hand Blackjack with Side Bet allows players to wager on three hands simultaneously and also offers an attractive side bet. The side bet pays out between 5 times and 1000 times if the player is dealt a blackjack. The payout is randomly decided through a flashing meter. When the player clicks the stop button the payout on the meter applies to the side bet.

Double Attack Blackjack changes many of the blackjack rules in favor of the player. Players can double their bet after seeing a weak dealer’s card; double down any hand after any number of cards; surrender a weak hand to recoup half their bet, surrender on any number of cards and win an insurance bet with a payout of 3 to 1. All online casino players know that there is no such thing as a free lunch but players will be paying through their noses for this one. Blackjack pays only even money and this makes the blackjack variant from WagerWorks not worth playing despite the many benefits.

These games can be played at all WagerWorks online casinos like Virgin Casino.

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