A table game that is likely to have the highest number of variations is Blackjack, extremely popular in casinos all over the world since the early 19th century. One of the most commonly played variants is American blackjack, further divided into Vegas Strip and Atlantic City blackjack, with the main difference being the number of card decks used, splitting and implementation of the late surrender rule.
Atlantic City Blackjack from Microgamnig is the variant originally introduced and played in A.C. casinos. The rules are pretty much the same as with other versions such as Vegas Strip, for example. Using 8 regular decks of 52 cards, Multi-Hand can be played with the maximum of 5 hands and the dealer is required to stand on soft 17. Late surrenders are accepted according to Atlantic City rules, meaning that the players can renounce 50% of their original bet in exchange for skipping one hand.
If you decide to split your Aces and are dealt with a 10, it will be regarded not as a Blackjack but as a regular 21. Splitting is limited to 3 times, while Aces cannot be re-split and the player is only eligible to receive one card per Ace. Double-Down move can be played after the first cards are dealt or after a split. The bet amount is the same as the original stake. If the player gets a Blackjack, double down will not be permitted. Once the player has decided to apply splitting or double down rules, they will not be able to go for the insurance.
A hand with a Blackjack has a 3:2 payout ratio, meaning that a hypothetical bet of $10 will result in a total of $15 profit. The odds that you have on insurance are 2:1. Considering the fact that you are able to play with more than just one hand at a time, the winning odds significantly increase. Stakes are between $5 and $5,000 in chips from $0.50 to the maximum value of 1K. Blackjack has always been one of the table games with extremely appealing RTP – in this case it is 99.65%.
The value of dealer's card will determine if the player will double-down – this is a logical step if you are dealt with the hard 10s or 11s. Doubling down should be avoided if the dealer shows an Ace or number ten. If you have a soft hand, doubling down is recommendable when a dealer has cards between 3 and 6. Take extra care of when you decide to split – while it is a good idea to split Aces, the same should not be done with 10s.
Card value less then 12 is to be followed by a hit. Otherwise it is better to stand, especially if you have a hard 17. Other strategies such as high and low, progressive and flat betting can also be applied, but they pertain to your budget control.
As mentioned, due to the multiple hand feature, Atlantic City Multi-Hand Blackjack from Microgaming does not only carry a great profit potential, but also has a higher excitement level than a single hand variation. The opportunity to manoeuvre is far more greater here than with the standard Blackjack, which is why this variant is rapidly increasing in popularity ever since it first saw the light of day.
Microgaming has also released an improved version of this game called Atlantic City Multi-Hand Blackjack Gold. This version offers a richer overall game experience with better graphics and sound.