Thanks to Microgaming, the most commonly played blackjack variant, Vegas Strip, is now available online in both regular and gold edition. Played with 4 decks, Vegas Strip is a hole card game with a lot less restrictive Double down and Splitting rules.
With one card facing down, the dealer must stand on all 17 hands and can peek for blackjack on Aces and 10 value upcards. Players either draw an extra card or stand, unless they decide to split equal value cards, dividing then into separate hands. Alternatively, players can double the bet on any two cards and the option is available even after the hand has been split.
Splitting is limited to 3 times or a maximum of 4 hands at the time. The exception to this rule are Aces, which can only be split once and receive no more than one card per new hand. In cases where the new, split hand is a combination of a 10 and an Ace card, the value is counted as 21 instead of a Blackjack. Microgaming's Vegas Strip does not offer the Surrender alternative, but the players can insure against the dealer's blackjack if the revealed card is an Ace.
Microgaming offers the regular paytable - 3 to 1 payout for a Blackjack hand, 2 to 1 for winning the insurance bet and an even pay for any standard hand. Return to player is 99.65% with $1 bet minimum and $1,000 max bet. Players can increase or decrease the bet amount using the - and + tabs placed at the lower left side of the screen.
The key to any successful blackjack hand is knowing when to hit, stand and double down. Since you will want the dealer to bust, the most common strategy will command the player to hit on 12 - 16 totals if the dealer has 7 - 9 or an Ace. If not, the player should stand. Any pair with 8 or lower value can be hit. Hands with 10 and 11 totals should be doubled down if the upcard is 2 - 9. Splitting or hitting a certain pair will of course depend on the upcard. You will always want to split Aces or a pair of 8s, stand on 10s or hit on 7s, 6s, 4s, 3s and 2s if the upcard is 8, 9, 10 or Ace.
If you are unable to take a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip, Microgaming is bringing Las Vegas Boulevard to you, introducing their own version of one of the most popular blackjack variants. The game runs smoothly, offers a fair profit potential and clearly displays the rules, enabling the players to touch basis at any time. For a more authentic casino feel, try the premium version of this game called Vegas Strip Blackjack Gold, also from from the game supplier Microgaming.