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European Blackjack Game

European blackjack is the variation of a classic blackjack that is mostly common in European countries. This game is played with a different deck number. Some casinos very often use from 4 to 8 decks. European blackjack has a bit different playing technique and rules on how to play blackjack.

European Blackjack Rules

  1. Before the beginning of a game players place their bets.
  2. Then the dealer has to take two cards: one faced up and the other - down
  3. After that the player has to select one option from those mentioned below:
  4. Nottake extra cards and stand with initial 2-card hand
  5. Hit and take some additional cards to maximize the hand`s total value
  6. Split doubles in 2 hands
  7. Use insurance in a case of the dealer`s Ace showing
  8. Double the bet and take one extra card
  9. Remember that European Blackjack is played with two decks of 52 playing cards
  10. It is necessary to be aware of the fact that if a dealer stands on "soft 17", a hand made up of an Ace and a 6
  11. Keep in mind that doubling down is allowed only on hands totally 9-11
  12. What is important that there is no doubling down or re-splitting after splitting
  13. Players can draw some extra cards while splitting Aces
  14. Insurance is to be resolved at the end of a hand
  15. Players may play only one hand at a time

NB:

  • The aim of this game is to beat the dealer`s hand if you get a better hand not exceeding 21 or in a case if a dealer`s hand is going bust.
  • In European Blackjack, you can only bet one hand at a time.
  • An Ace and a card with a value of a 10 is the strongest hand in the game. This hand cannot be beaten, it can be only matched.

Here we give you the Basic Strategy Chart designed specially for European Blackjack variation: